The Duchess in Maxi Dress for Mosque and Neighborhood Visit
Meghan chose a maxi dress and headscarf for today’s second round of royal tour engagements.
The couple were met by Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald and a group of faith leaders, including a representative of the Church of England, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth leaders, and students who participated in the London-Cape Town interfaith exchange.
Located in the Bo-Kaap area, the mosque was built in 1794.
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And from People’s story:
…the royal couple viewed the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in South Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru (first Imam) from memory while he was imprisoned on Robben Island.
They then met members of different faith groups to learn about the work the mosque does to promote interfaith dialogue in Cape Town. The Auwul Mosque welcomes visitors of all denominations and hosts inter-faith dialogues to develop inter-communal and inter-faith understanding between South Africa’s varied communities.
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The Bo-Kaap was formerly known as the Malay Quarter. A Cape Town Travel story reports “Its origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves. To this day, the houses are a mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture, in distinctive multi-coloured rows on steeply cobbled roads.”
It is Heritage Day in South Africa, a relatively recent public holiday created to recognize and celebrate the nation’s cultural wealth. Meghan and Harry did a walkabout and there were plenty of people eager to greet them as seen in this photo from CNN’s Max Foster.
Here is another view of the crowds via royal reporter Omid Scobie.
Meghan was given flowers and other gifts during the walkabout.
This picture of the couple shows the beauty of the neighborhood.
Below, Meghan arriving for the next event on the agenda, a tea at a private residence.
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Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholl reports that “Meghan and Harry took tea with a former local teacher at her home in Bo-Kaap and devoured a tart and a cinnamon donut!”
Below, Ms. Nicholl’s picture shows the setting for this afternoon’s tea.
The couple spoke about how Archie is doing at the tea. Max Foster shared a video with more on that conversation.
Archie’s happy In Cape Town his parents tell Nazli Ebross Fakier who joined the couple for tea today. She was told he likes to sleep on his dad’s chest 💤 pic.twitter.com/ijNSd3PzBS
— Max Foster (@MaxFosterCNN) September 24, 2019
A video of the Duke and Duchess leaving after tea.
The duke and duchess of Sussex, leave Bo Kaap after meeting with religious leaders at the Auwal Mosque and breaking bread with a family in the community. #SussexRoyalTour @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/9M9xZi38bA
— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) September 24, 2019
And this quick video via the Sussex Royal Instagram page.
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More from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap! In amongst the beautiful colour of the Bo Kaap houses, Shamielah Samsodian and her family also opened their doors to the Duke and Duchess, welcoming them into their home to share stories – and importantly – share their food. Happy Heritage Day! ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Video ©️SussexRoyal
Now for what Meghan wore.
Meghan’s dress is by Staud, a Los Angeles-based brand founded in 2015. The full-length Millie Dress ($325) is made of 100% recycled nylon.
It features a button front, flap pockets on the bodice, wide self-belt, and a full skirt. It was designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, like all of the company’s products. The dress is available for pre-ordering at Orchard Mile. Our thanks to Courtney Flores for the heads-up on this ID!
UPDATE: It looks like the Duchess wore a Cuyana scarf, the brand’s Lightweight Cashmere style in ‘nude’ ($190). The Duchess accessorized with a pair of flats that we believe to be by Sam Edelman, the Sally Pointed Toe style ($99.95). The style is available in most sizes at Sam Edelman, in most sizes at Zappos, and at Shopbop in limited sizing. (If looking for a way to match Meg’s style at a lower price, the Sam Edelman Rae is almost identical and just $69.97 at Nordstrom Rack.)
Meghan wore her Hamsa hand necklace again today. The piece is by jewelry designer Alemdara. It is the designer’s Altan necklace in yellow gold and diamonds, £450.00 ($553 USD – at today’s exchange rate).
The necklace is done in 18k gold and pave set diamonds and has a turquoise enamel and gold evil eye station bezel.
Meghan’s UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) earrings from last night were also worn again this evening, and they’re no longer a mystery! With thanks to the UFO No More crew, they are by a South African designer, Nina Bosch.
Following in the footsteps of her father and late grandmother, and working from her family-owned studio in White River, Mpumalanga, Nina has transformed her passion into something of beauty, making one-of a-kind porcelain jewellery pieces.
If you missed our post on Meghan’s casual ensemble for this morning’s engagement, click here to read it.
We’ll leave you with this lovely image of Meghan.
South Africa’s eNCA has a 25-minute video of the full Mosque visit.
UPDATE: Some questions and comments have come up regarding the way Meghan is wearing her headscarf. We researched this online and could not find any information that stated it should or shouldn’t cover the head and hair completely. We did find the following information from an article, Visiting a mosque? Here are a few things to know, indicating what is appropriate to wear:
“It is most appropriate to wear modest, loose-fitting clothes. For men, it is better to wear long pants, and for women to wear pants or full-length skirts or dresses, with long sleeves. Muslim women typically wear a headscarf as well. Non-Muslim women are encouraged to wear a headscarf in the prayer hall. One can be provided upon request.”
Below are some photos of Princess Diana in a headscarf where you will see she does not have it completely covering her head and hair.
Here are additional articles on the various headscarves and wraps:
From the BBC: What’s the difference between a hijab, niqab and burka?
Huffington Post: Differentiating the Hijab From the Headscarf
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- Learn more about the Auwal Mosque at its website here and/or visit the Mosque’s Facebook page here
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; IOL South Africa’s coverage is here; The Evening Standard’s story and gallery may be seen here
- A People piece is here; Hello’s story is here; The Mirror’s rolling live coverage is here
- Click here for Channel 24’s gallery of black and white photos;
A look ahead at tomorrow’s schedule: