For tonight’s WellChild Awards the Duchess wore an Altuzarra trouser suit.
WellChild is a national charity supporting seriously ill children and those who care for them. Prince Harry has been WellChild’s patron for more than 10 years. The organization shared this video of the Duke and Duchess arriving at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
— WellChild (@WellChild) September 4, 2018
More about the event from The Daily Mail:
The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s most seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy, including the outstanding health, social care and education professionals.
Before the awards ceremony Meghan and Harry met award winners and their families. Below, they are seen with Mckenzie, who is described as being “…there for other children when they are scared or sad, he has helped the hospital charity with their fundraising advertisements, and has inspired everyone he has met to never give up.”
More from The Daily Mail’s story by Rebecca English:
Amy Brackley, said of their meeting with the royal couple: ‘It was amazing.
‘They were so lovely. They knew he [Mckenzie] was scared of the cameras and they said they didn’t like the cameras either so they turned around.
‘They said he was amazing and to keep going the way he is going and told him to look after me.
‘He’s never going to forget this, even though he’s only four.’
Here you see the Duke and Duchess with Matilda, who is age seven. She has Spina Bifida and is paralyzed from the chest down. From the WellChild site: “She never complains or feels sorry for herself and her mum says she has the biggest heart and smile ever. When she grows up she wants to be a nurse.”
When Meghan was given a beautiful posy by winner Matilda, the Duchess picked out a yellow rose and gave it back to the seven-year-old to keep.
Matilda says Harry also made her “pinky promise” to never stop smiling.
Meghan talking with Jake Stacey, who has spinal muscular atrophy. More from the WellChild site:
Jake loves acting and wants to be on stage. He has had small TV parts and despite years of being told he couldn’t audition for theatre roles because of his disability, he didn’t give up and finally landed the lead role in Tom Fletcher’s The Christmasaurus last December. He took to the stage at the Hammersmith Apollo and showed the world that, wheelchair or not, he was destined to be a musical theatre star.
Meghan and Harry chatted with 16-year-old Evie Toombes, who was born with Spina Bifida. WellChild says “Evie blogs and mentors young people with health problems to encourage them to get on in life. Her motto is ‘find a way, not an excuse’ and she puts it into practice constantly.”
Prince Harry delivered remarks at the event, telling the crowd “Every one of you is truly amazing. You have shown all of us what it means to be a champion – whether for yourself, your family, your community, or someone in need.”
The Duke and Duchess speaking with Jacob Granger, the male winner of the Most Caring Young Person award. He helps care for his sister, Melissa, who needs 24-hour care. Well Child says he has taught Melissa “… to achieve goals most doctors said she would never reach. His determination and patience have resulted in Melissa learning first to crawl and then walk.”
It looks like someone said something that put a big smile on Melissa’s face.
Now to what the Duchess wore for this evening’s awards.
She wore the Altuzarra ‘Acacia’ One-Button Blazer ($1595), a fitted style in a viscose/nylon/spandex blend.The tailored piece has notched lapels, welt pockets and a back kick pleat. The trousers are Altuzarra’s ‘Serge’ style, with a fairly high yoked waist, welt pockets on the front and a bootcut silhouette. They are offered in a triacetate/poly blend (below left at Neiman Marcus, $795), as well as a stretch wool (below right at LN-CC, $710). Our thanks to Innominate_93 for info on the separates.
Altuzarra tweeted about Meghan wearing their items.
Meghan, The Duchess Of Sussex attended the WellChild Awards in London today in the Altuzarra ‘Acacia’ Blazer and ‘Serge’ Pant.
The Duke of Sussex has been patron of @WellChild, a charity working to give seriously ill children the best chance to thrive, since 2007. pic.twitter.com/82Ny4jxqc8
— ALTUZARRA (@ALTUZARRASTUDIO) September 4, 2018
Thoughts on today’s ensemble from Krissy Turner, writing in The Telegraph.
She’s proven she’s accustomed to dressing in a way which nicely suits the occasion while still adhering to her personal style, and today’s award ceremony is no different. While a bright dress by a new designer may have stolen the show, Meghan ensured all attention was on the young stars being celebrated, opting for a simple, minimal look.
Meghan carried a bag by Stella McCartney , the brand’s “Shaggy Deer Faux Leather Crossbody Bag” ($875). Made in Italy, the bag has a magnetic closure, an exterior slip pocket, multiple interior pockets and distinctive whip-stitching and gold hardware. Thank you to Gabi K for her ID of the bag.
Beneath her jacket Meghan wore the Deitas Coco Camisole in Shantung Black (€325, roughly $375).
More about the Swiss-based bran from Stylebop:
Born out of a desire to fuse classic indulgence with understated modernity, Swedish designer Josephine Dahlin founded Deitas – the Latin word for divinity – a brand that merges fluid Italian silk, neutral but chic colors and versatile silhouettes. The result? A clean and coveted edit that will lend itself to any occasion or setting, from one season to the next. Dahlin herself sums up the label’s investment-worthy selling point, noting that ‘I like to feel dressed up in the day but not overdressed in the evening’
Several of the savvy royal fashion bloggers suggest Meghan is wearing the Aquazzura Simply Irresistible Pumps in black suede ($590). It is a classic point toe style with a 4.2″ stiletto heel. Both the Duke and Duchess wore WellChild lapel pins, with thanks to Trisha S on the WMW Facebook page for info about the WellChild two hands logo.
We saw the diamond and pearl earrings again, a pair that were a gift to Meghan from the Queen, first worn when the Duchess and HM visited Chester.
We’ll leave you with this photo of the Duke and Duchess on stage with the award winners.
- Visit the WellChild website here (and read about all of the winners here); the organization’s Facebook page is here (with great video profiles of the winners); its Twitter feed is here
- Click here to read the full text of the Duke’s speech this evening
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Mirror’s coverage is here, The Sun’s article is here
- Town & Country‘s gallery is here; PopSugar‘s gallery is here
- The full Telegraph fashion piece is here; for an in-depth NY Times profile of Deita, click here