It was a rainy day and a Tuesday for Meghan and Harry at today’s engagements, but the weather didn’t seem to dampen their spirits at all.
The Duke and Duchess were visiting the North Shore to dedicate an area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy program.
The dedication was at the North Shore Riding Club, where the donated land was officially named the Carol Whaley Native Bush, honoring a long-standing supporter of riding and conservation.
In his remarks, Harry said “”My wife and I are delighted to be here at the opening of this covenant, which will form part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy network.”While at the site the Royals did a little work.
Meghan helped plant a Kōwhai tree; the flower from the tree was one of the 53 plants embroidered on her wedding veil. Radio NZ reports that “Alex Chatterton, 11, planted a tree with the Duchess. She said “let’s get started” and offered him gloves, he said.””
Then it was time for the welly-wanging contest with children from the Trees for Survival project.
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…the objective of which is to throw a Wellington boot — which New Zealanders refer to as “Wellies” — as far as possible. (Wellingtons are equivalent to what Americans call rainboots, Bean Boots, or duck boots.)
Meghan had quite an arm. The Sun’s Emily Andrews posted a video.
WATCH: But it was Meghan who won the welly-wanging/gumboot-throwing competition! She was very surprised and delighted! pic.twitter.com/s2I3v9nYpx
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 30, 2018
This was not just any welly-wanging contest, it had quite a prize. Behold, the QEII National Trust Gumboot Throw Champions trophy that Meghan won! (I’m not seeing that on the plane going home, are you?)
Before they left, the QEII National Trust presented the Sussexes with a baby gift, “…a beautiful NZ merino Swandri blanket and a pair of gumboots. Essentials for any kiwi baby!”
The father-to-be with the wellies.
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Now to what Meghan wore, starting with her Karen Walker Fathom Jacket ($437 USD), done in the label’s Salvador suiting fabric, a dark navy check.
Made in a 90/10 blend of poly/rayon, the piece features a cropped, fitted silhouette, peak lapels, a single button front closure, and back vent. This offers a view of the front and back in photos that I digitally lightened to better show the item details. Our thanks to Christin for her speedy ID of the jacket!
We also saw Meghan in a QEII National Trust waterproof jacket, an item that is not available to the public to purchase.
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It appeared Meghan may have had on another piece by one of our favorite sponsors, Lavender Hill Clothing.
UPDATE: We have confirmation from Lavender Hill that Meghan was wearing one of their tees, the Scoop Neck T-Shirt. Meghan has worn the brand’s Boat Tee Shirt in white, so it makes sense that she was in another style from the brand.
This is another company that syncs with traits Meghan values in clothing and accessory brands. The company was founded and is run by a woman, and there is a strong emphasis on sourcing and manufacturing ethically. More from our profile of the brand:
The company takes great care in sourcing and manufacturing its merchandise. The Modal® used in pieces is made in a CO2 neutral environment, and all of the company’s products are manufactured in Great Britain or Italy. The factory where much of the manufacturing is done is a third-generation family business that also has an academy where unemployed residents are taught to sew, allowing them to seek skilled jobs in the future.
The Duchess was wearing jeans by J Crew. As best we can tell it is Crew’s Toothpick style in the brand’s ‘charcoal’ wash ($128, take 30% off with promo code FLASH). We had a tough time trying to get the correct color, but believe it is the charcoal wash.
Meghan also sported a pair of Muck Boots, the Reign style in black and gunmetal ($155).
Lauren was quick with the ID on these!
She had on her Tattoo Diamond Pendant.
And the Boh Runga earrings worn yesterday that were a gift from PM Jacinda Ardern.
After the morning engagement the Duke and Duchess got into some dry clothes for a visit to Pillars, a charity supporting children across New Zealand who have a parent in prison. The Duke and Duchess joined Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the charity’s Manakau headquarters.
Kensington Palace reports that “More than 23,000 children in New Zealand are affected by having a parent in prison and are 9 times more likely to end up in prison as adults.”
Meghan was welcomed by 6-year-old Ghianna Angi.
As a wedding present to The Duke and Duchess, the Government of New Zealand gifted $5000 dollars to Pillars. During the visit today the couple met some of the children who directly benefited from that donation.
There was an awards ceremony at Pillars and the Duke and Duchess helped give out the honors to four children who will receive some of the donated money.
Prince Harry spoke about the awards.
“You are outstanding young people, and I know you will use this opportunity to create exciting futures for yourselves, and to act as role models for others.” — The Duke of Sussex to the @PillarsINC Award winners. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/OnwNFcGUFJ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 30, 2018
Meghan presented a Pillars Award to Enhakkorey Lautasi Pepese, who is receiving his Award to provide opportunities to play sports.
When they left Pillars the royals did a walkabout. This video is by Rhiannon Mills of Sky TV.
— Rhiannon Mills (@SkyRhiannon) October 30, 2018
THE CROWD SINGING SUITS’ THEME SONG! I’m not crying you are ??? pic.twitter.com/UeXngf6P31
— barb (@nocompanies) October 30, 2018
People were very excited to see the royals.
And the royals were excited to see them.
9Honey’s Natalie Oliveri took this photo and says that is Zoe Harry is speaking with.
The Prince seemed to enjoy this little girl’s doll. (?)
Another view via Sarah Greenhalgh of 7News Brisbane.
Duke & Duchess have spent 40 + minutes meeting & greeting in Auckland. Gifts of flowers, toys & of course – an All Blacks baby onesie! @7NewsSydney #RoyalTourNZ #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/3XzYnEIbOy
— Sarah Greenhalgh (@GreenhalghSarah) October 30, 2018
Meghan was wearing her silk Burberry trench coat, atop a Brandon Maxwell dress.
It’s difficult to know what dress style the Duchess had on because of her coat. The neckline seen above is similar to that of the dress worn at the July Commonwealth Youth Reception.
She also wore her Stuart Weitzman ‘Legend’ Pumps ($375). (We show them below as worn on a previous occasion.)
Not originally on the schedule for today, a meeting Meghan and Harry had with 18-year-old Eva McGauley, who was slated to attend tonight’s reception in Auckland. More from the Governor-General.
“Wellingtonian Eva McGauley was invited to attend the Prime Minister’s Reception with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Auckland. Unfortunately doctors orders mean Eva is unable to fly today but when the Royal couple heard her story, they invited her for a quick catch-up at Government House instead.
Here are Eva and her Mum, Kate Hardwick with the Duke and Duchess.
Eva has a rare form of cancer; treatment is why she is grounded. The 18-year-old is the founder of Eva’s Wish, a charity that has raised more than $55K to combat sexual violence and help those impacted by it. You can learn more about Eva and Eva’s Wish by clicking here.
Eva posted an Instagram album with pictures form this morning’s meeting.
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I have had the most amazing morning! I am so honoured and thankful to have been invited to Government House to meet with Meghan and Harry this morning!!! They are such kind down to earth people who were really interested in the work EvasWish does. We were welcomed so warmly by Dame Patsy Reedy and Sir David Gascoigne into their lovely home and it was one of the most memorable and wonderful moments of my life. Thank you so much to everyone who made this happen ? Photos by @simon.woolf #evaswish #meghanmarkle #harryandmeghan #princeharry #princeharryandmeghan #buckinghampalace #royalfamily #royaltour #royaltour2018 #royaltournz #dukeandduchessofsussex #meetingroyalty #governmenthouse #governorgeneral #damepatsyreddy #magicalmoments #dreamcometrue #kensingtonpalace