Meghan chose an ensemble showcasing British brands for today’s Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
A video shows Meghan, Harry, William and Kate arriving at the Abbey.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 12, 2018
This marks Meghan’s first official engagement alongside the Queen.
This is from The Telegraph:
Her attendance at the service marked a major milestone for the bride-to-be: the first time she has taken part in an official event with the Queen.
The day is also of deep importance to the Queen, celebrating the Commonwealth and its members she holds dear.
HM as she arrived at the Abbey this afternoon.
Organized by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the service is the largest iinterfaithgathering in the UK. It is led by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, and it includes hymns, readings, speeches from community leaders and performances from artists around the Commonwealth.
Below, the London Maori Choir singing the call for Welcome.
More from The Express:
Commonwealth Day brings together people from countries in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Americas, Asia and the Pacific. There are currently 53 countries as part of the Commonwealth across the globe.
The annual celebration is observed every year across the world on the second Monday of March and this year falls on March 12.
One Direction star Liam Payne performed at the service, singing “Waiting on the World to Change,” a piece written by John Mayer.
The flags of all Commonwealth Nations as they are processed out of the Abbey at the conclusion of today’s service.
Children presented the female royals with flowers. More from People:
After the service, Meghan, Harry, William and Kate head into the square behind the Abbey for a meet-and-greet with school children before attending a reception. Meghan shared a sweet moment with a young girl who handed the royal-to-be a bouquet of flowers.
Meghan speaking with teens who attended today’s service.
Rebecca English shared a video of Meghan after the service.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) March 12, 2018
And Richard Palmer of The Express posted this video of the couple chatting with Iesu Williams from Wales.
Prince Harry and Meghan meet Iesu Williams, 8, from Newport, South Wales. He was wearing a Welsh kilt. pic.twitter.com/lU8vkHD2ef
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 12, 2018
A closer view of Harry and Meghan outside the Abbey.
Meghan Markle told well-wishers today she is ‘very excited’ about her wedding, with just over two months to go to the big day.
She chatted to schoolchildren and teachers outside Westminster Abbey after attending the Commonwealth service, her first official royal engagement with the Queen.
Meghan and Harry at the post-service reception in a photo tweeted by Television Malta.
Now to what Meghan wore for the day’s events. We begin with her coat by British designer Amanda Wakeley, the Sculpted Tailoring ‘Crombie’ Coat in cream.
The coat has a relaxed fit with on-seam pockets, a slight flare at the cuff, and a broad waistband; it has a hook and eye closure at the waist. In addition to being available at Amanda Wakeley ($1199) the coat is also offered at Orchard Mile ($1199). The Crombie also comes in midnight navy and in black.
It is made in a poly/viscose/cotton blend piece that has a touch of Elastane for stretch and ease of movement; the sleeveless design is snug, with a vee neck and the brand’s signature exposed zipper on the back.
The company was founded in 1990; Amanda Wakeley designs are known for their tailored, clean lines and feminine silhouettes. Kate has worn Amanda Wakeley; other fans of the label include Prime Minister Theresa May, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson.
Meghan carried a new bag by another British brand, Mulberry.
The bag is Mulberry’s ‘Darley’ style in the small size. The bag measures 5″ x 7″ and features the label’s notable postman’s lock on the front; it also has a detachable shoulder strap.
We saw Meghan in a new pair of Manolo Blahnik BB pumps.
Like her black pair, the new navy style heels worn today feature a point-toe design and spike heel that is 4″. We show them at Barneys ($625) where they are offered in a broad variety of colors.
Meghan’s chapeau is by Stephen Jones. It is a basic beret without embellishment or other design elements.
Thoughts from Bethan Holt in her Telegraph piece:
One of the tacit sartorial responsibilities of the royal family is to promote Britain’s hatters. After all, unless it’s a beanie or a cap, few of us have occasion to don our finest millinery unless we’re attending a particularly fancy wedding or race day.
But with their packed schedule of official services and ceremonies, the women of the royal family need an arsenal of hats to tick the dress code requirements. For Meghan Markle, Monday’s Commonwealth Day Service- her first official engagement with The Queen- marked a new tangent in her royal dressing forays as she put together her first proper hat-topped look.
A bit more from the Telegraph piece:
When The Telegraph spoke to Jones at an event to launch Royal Ascot’s latest dress codes last week, the milliner emphasised the beret’s formal credentials. “Absolutely, they are suitable occasionwear. It’s not only a big, flower-strewn hat that’s suitable for Ascot, as much as something quite simple like a beret,” he said. “In the 1930s, ladies did wear simpler hats like that sometimes, a white beret or something.”
Meghan’s earrings look much like the pair she wore in Birmingham last week (below left).
They remain unidentified at this point. It looks like Meghan’s earrings are by Adina Reyter, a California based company. They are the Three Diamond Amigos Curved Posts in 14K gold ($498). Many thanks to Meghan’s Fashion for the tip on these!
We’ll leave you with this video of Meghan and Harry, along with Kate and William, greeting people after the service.
A quick look at everything that Meghan and Kate wore today in collages done by Susan C. –
For more on what Kate wore, please visit our sister site at www.whatkatewore.com
- Visit The Commonwealth website here, the organization’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here
- Learn more about the Royal Commonwealth Society on the group’s website here, or its Facebook page here, you may also follow the Society’s Twitter feed here
- Just Jared’s slideshow is here; PopSugar’s piece focused on what Meghan wore is here and a second piece is here; the Go Fug Yourself slideshow & commentary is here
- The Express coverage of Meghan’s ensemble is here; The Daily Mail’s article on Meghan’s look is here; The Mirror’s coverage on what Meghan wore is here