The Duchess wore a fan favorite by Antonio Berardi for a reception tonight.
— Eva Corlett (@EvaCorlett) October 30, 2018
The majority of guests at the function were ages 17 to 25, members of the Pasifika community who are making significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hosted the event.
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More from this 1 News Now story:
Of the prince and duchess, she told the young, enthusiastic crowd, “You might think you’re here to meet them, but they’re here to meet you.”
Ms Ardern thanked the royals for their warmth and their focus on mental health, saying “your willingness to speak so openly is a powerful message”.
The Duke addressed the audience.
“In my role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, it is a privilege to champion so many exceptionally talented young leaders across all 53 countries; your voices are being heard, and each and every one of you is making this change happen.” — The Duke of Sussex #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/EqCmqEhkwP
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 30, 2018
More of the Duke’s address via this Radio NZ piece:
He commended the prime minister for inviting the young guests who he described as “arbiters of real change”.
“It is incredibly inspiring to see you forging new paths, while staying rooted in your language, culture and heritage,” he said.
“Meghan and I have enormous respect for you… Your generation is quite literally energising the world and don’t ever stop fighting for what you believe in.”
The entertainment looked terrific.
— Josiah Tualamali’i ???? (@JosiahT_NZ) October 30, 2018
The dance troupe Saintzup.performingarts performed.
The Duke and Duchess looked like they were really enjoying the evening.
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Another photo via Eva Corlett, this one showing the couple as they say goodnight to the Prime Minister.
Now for our glance at what Meghan wore this evening.
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The Antonio Berardi dress was worn at a polo match in May 2017, when Meghan was first seen at an event with Harry in the UK. More from a Daily Telegraph story:
She was in England to watch Harry and Prince William play polo at Caworth Park where they were fundraising for various charities with which they are asssociated, including Sentebale, Wellchild, The Tusk Trust and the Royal Marsden. She stood beside Harry’s ‘second father’ Mark Dyer opting for a navy blue, double-breasted, asymetric- hemmed dress by London-based designer Antonio Berardi.
“Meghan looked simply flawless,” Berardi tells The Telegraph of his first reaction to seeing the Suits star in the design from his Resort 2017 collection. “Her outfit choice for the Polo was deftly chic and most importantly, event appropriate,” he adds.
The dress is from the S/S 2017 collection and done in a crepe fabric. Tailored with menswear influences like the double-breasted cut and flap pockets, the dress has a high-low hem that falls gracefully and moves well when in motion.
Tonight the Duchess wore a pair of her ‘go-to ‘Deneuve’ Bow Pumps ($750), but in a new color. We have seen the black and powder pink colors in the shoe rotation; initially we thought tonight’s pair was the pale pink, but the different color heel caps proves the difference.
It looks like the new pair is a grey or grey-taupe color. We’ve not been able to find the color anywhere but will keep looking. UPDATE: Mielle suggests on Twitter this is the same pair Meghan wore to the private Invictus party. She may well be correct. We don’t have any hi-res photos from that event, but from what we can see they look like they could be the same color.
Meghan carried a navy clutch that we’ve not identified.
Meghan wore her hair down, but we could see that she appeared to have on a new pair of earrings.
A little closer look.
These are a mystery that requires more time than we have been able to devote to it. We will update as soon as we learn more about the earrings.
UPDATE: Meghan’s earrings are the Nova Gold White Topaz from Emily Mortimer, £350.00 ($452 USD at today’s rate).
A protégé of renowned gemstone jeweller Kiki McDonough, Emily has been working in the industry for over seven years. Her designs are described as “versatile and vibrant, designed for both the everyday and extraordinary occasion.”
More from the jeweler’s website:
‘Emily Mortimer Jewellery is made for wearing. Whether you add a gold cuff for the beach, a cocktail ring during the day, or an incredible pair of earrings for the evening, it will make a statement.’ EM x”
Don’t miss our earlier post covering two ensembles from the Duchess, “Karen Walker & J Crew in the Morning, Burberry & Brandon Maxwell in the Afternoon“
Our look ahead to tomorrow, the final day of the tour!