The Duchess Glows in Elegant Evening Gown at Sentebale Fundraiser
The Duchess of Sussex was the epitome of elegance at tonight’s fundraiser for Sentebale.
Meghan and Harry attended the event at the Royal Albert Hall.
Sentebale is a charity co-founded by the Duke that works with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. More from Sentebale:
Founded in 2006, Sentebale helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi – the victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic – get the support, tools and education they need to lead long, healthy and productive lives.
And from The Sun:
A 2004 gap year trip to the landlocked African nation of Lesotho inspired the duke to set up his Sentebale charity two years later with the country’s Prince Seeiso, younger brother of King Letsie III.
Their aim was to help youngsters in need and other children who had lost one or both parents to Aids or contracted the disease themselves.
The pair established Sentebale in memory of their mothers, with the name of the charity meaning forget-me-not, which Harry later found out was his mother Diana, Princess of Wales’s favourite flower growing up.
Tonight the London premiere of Cirque de Soleil’s TOTEM was showcased in partnership with Sentebale. Below, Meghan and Harry being greeted at the theatre.
— @Sentebale (@Sentebale) January 16, 2019
The Duke and Duchess met performers before the show got started.
TOTEM “traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.’
You see the duo speaking with performers in a video shared by Richard Palmer of The Express.
Meeting some of the performers pic.twitter.com/rp3OK5zhrN
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 16, 2019
Tonight’s function was the second in a series of ‘Sentebale Nights.’ More from a Daily Telegraph story by Hannah Furness (the first sentence references tonight’s event):
The evening will be the second in a series of “Sentebale Nights”, following on from a fundraising performance of the hit musical Hamilton last year which the Duke and Duchess attended.
That performance is understood to have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity in donations, with the Duke taking to the stage himself for a short speech in which he teased the audience by beginning to sing a song usually performed by the character of King George III.
The charity posted Sentebale Nights graphics on Twitter with facts about HIV and its impact in Africa.
An Instagram post shared by Sentebale.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet the cast of @cirquedusoleil #TOTEM at this evening’s premiere in support of Sentebale. #SentebaleNights support our programme reaching children and young people in Lesotho, Botswana, and most recently in Malawi, where our programme Mawa Girls responds to the great need of vulnerable secondary school girls and young women, who are at higher risk of new HIV infections. In sub-Saharan Africa, 7 in 10 young women do not have comprehensive knowledge about HIV. Providing information on gender and power results in lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies (UNAIDS, 2018). Mawa Girls, in partnership with GAIA, is responding to this by delivering secondary school support and psychosocial counselling to better support adolescent girls and young women in their pursuit of education and health in Mulanje, Malawi. @kensingtonroyal @cirquedusoleil #TOTEM #SentebaleNights
The Duke and Duchess after they were seated in the royal box.
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Now to what Meghan wore.
We begin with her shimmering sequinned gown by Roland Mouret.
Mr. Mouret is a personal friend of Meghan’s, and tonight she wore his Sarandon Paneled gown ($5595) from the Resort ’19 collection. The floor-length design features one of Meghan’s favorite fashion elements, a boat neck, as well as a ruched waist with folded fabric panels, wrap-style skirt, split front and back zipper. The dress is made in the UK. In addition to Meghan’s color, the Sarandon is also offered in silver at Roland Mouret. The navy blue is carried at Neiman Marcus and at Selfridges.
The Duchess brought back a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels she has worn before. She was in the Nudistsong Sandal in black suede ($398), featuring a 4″ heel and ankle strap. We show them at Nordstrom where they are available in a mix of sizes, although several sizes are marked, “only 1 left.” Moda Operandi has the style in very limited sizes, and there are a few sizes in stock at Revolve.
You may remember seeing the sandal worn to the October Government House reception in New Zealand.
The evening bag Meghan carried tonight is also familiar, the Givenchy Black satin minaudière with jewel clasp.
The Duchess wore Princess Diana’s gold cuff bracelet. The piece was first noted on the Australia tour in October 2018 (shown below right).
UPDATE: Meghan’s hair was up and she wore blue circular earrings. Pippa Small confirmed via their Instagram account that Meghan’s earrings are their Kyanite Classic Stud Earrings (inset).
Meghan first wore the earrings in Melbourne, Australia on the Royal Tour 2018.
Here is 4-minute+ nat sound coverage from ITN’s Royal Family Channel.
A People look at the evening.
Today’s earlier post about Meghan’s visit to one of her new patronages, the Mayhew animal charity, may be seen here.
- Learn more about Sentebale or make a donation at the website here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here; if you would like to make a donation click here.
- The full Telegraph story about Sentebale nights may be seen here
- The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Express story is here; The Evening Standard’s story and gallery may be seen here; The Sun’s piece is here
- A Hello! story is here; People‘s article is here; Town and Country’s gallery is here; The Telegraph’s review of the show itself is here