Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are greeted by hundreds of excited well-wishers on their first official joint engagement in Nottingham today.
A look at the crowd that eagerly awaited the newly-engaged couple.
Harry and Meghan split up to talk to people lining both sides of their route.
Harry on his side of the street.
The couple took their time to talk to as many people as possible on their 30-minute walkabout.
In this video that Omid Scobie shared on Twitter, you can hear the crowd calling Meghan’s name.
Victoria Murphy shared this video of Meghan being “natural with the crowd”.
Two students from University of Nottingham, Raushana Nurzhubalina, from Kazakhstan, and Jenn Galandy, from Canada, said they set their alarms for 6:00am to get a prime spot to try to see Harry and Meghan.
“It is such an honour to see the royals,” Ms Nurzhubalina said.
“I’m also a fan of Suits, so it is a chance to see a star of that too.”
Kensington Palace shared a video of the couple during the walkabout, below.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle meet crowds who have gathered outside the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. pic.twitter.com/apONYppYb2— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) December 1, 2017
After the walkabout, the couple started with their first engagement of the day at the Nottingham Contemporary Exhibition Centre for a Terrence Higgins Trust charity fair to mark World Aids Day.
Prince Harry and Meghan met representatives from Terrence Higgins Trust Nottingham, The African Institute for Social Development and Champions for Change, which organizes football matches to encourage people in the community to get tested.
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We’re the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. We support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.
Terrence Higgins Trust tweeted about today’s engagement.
The couple stopped at each stall and spoke with people who worked with Terrence Higgins Trust in Nottingham to encourage people to get tested.
The couple then traveled to Nottingham Academy, where they were able to meet staff and mentors from the Full Effect — a program established by Prince Harry through The Royal Foundation to prevent young people getting involved in crime.
The Full Effect program has been supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry since 2013. Through a combination of early intervention, mentorship and training the program helps prevent youth violence and crime.
Below, Kensington Palace shares a video of Harry interacting with a group of kids.
The couple heard first-hand how the program is having a positive impact on the community and met some the students who have benefited.
Before departing Meghan was given a bouquet of flowers from students at the Nottingham Academy.
Today’s engagements are the first of many around the UK which will offer Meghan invaluable experience.
On Tuesday, the couple’s spokesman, Jason Knauf, said she planned to focus her attention on the UK and Commonwealth.
“This is the country that’s going to be her home now and that means travelling around, getting to know the towns and cities and smaller communities,” he said.
She will also become the fourth patron of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
It has also been announced that Meghan intends to become a British citizen and will work towards it in the coming years.
Now our look at what Meghan wore for today’s engagements.
In the first of many royal appearances to come, Meghan looked chic and warm in a navy blue wool coat from Canadian-based, Mackage. It is the brand’s ‘Elodie’ military wool coat with a funnel collar, $790.
The coat is described as a semi-fitted double-breasted trench crafted in luxurious wool/cashmere blend fabric with leather welt pockets. It features menswear-inspired detailing, such as shoulder and sleeve tabs and an overlapping shirt collar with button.
A close up look at the coat below.
She carried a bag by Edinburgh-based leather goods brand Strathberry — the Midi Tote in Burgundy / Navy / Vanilla, $675.
Her boots are from Kurt Geiger — the ‘Violet’ black suede over the knee boots, £229 ($310).
Meghan’s skirt is from John Lewis, Joseph Laurel Full Midi Skirt, $626.
The skirt is crafted in a heavy weight cotton and silk fabric. It is has a slim fit waist with defining seams that “hone the fluid shape and voluminous flutes” at the back and one side of the front. The hem is done in in a raw edge giving it an undone feel.
Joseph is a popular British brand which has been worn by a number of royals over the years.
Her belt is from Artizia. It is the Babaton ‘Amos’ Black Dress Belt, $45.
A few articles to note about Meghan’s fashion today.
People reported — “Every Detail of Meghan Markle’s Debut Royal Look – Styled by Her Best Friend”. Read more about it here.
The Telegraph reports seeing very clear signs of The Meghan Effect taking off – “Meghan Markle boosts two British brands in Nottingham – with her bag selling out in minutes”.
We are very much looking forward to many more exciting engagements with Meghan!