The Duchess wore another local brand for Day 3 of the royal tour, sporting a dress by Australia’s Dion Lee.
Here you see Meghan boarding the flight from Sydney to Melbourne, located more than 400 miles south of Sydney.
It was a temperate day with the temperature at 63℉ when the couple landed. There were enormous crowds waiting to see the royals as they did a walkabout.
The Duke and Duchess were ready to dive right in and meet the well-wishers.
ROYAL fever has peaked in Melbourne as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex embarked on their meet-the-people walk through Melbourne.
Excited Victorians chanted Harry and Meghan’s names as they hugged, accepted gifts and shook hands with thousands of delighted fans lined up along Government House Drive.
One woman who was lucky enough to get a hug from the Prince got so overwhelmed she immediately broke down in tears.
Emily Nash reports the young lady is 19-year-old India Brown, who “..was overwhelmed when Harry hugged her after spotting her sign saying: “Been here since 4am, loved you since I was 8.”.
Emily Nash noted the “Meghan-mania.”
— Emily Nash (@emynash) October 18, 2018
Another view of India.
Prince Harry working the crowds.
— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) October 18, 2018
One young man had a special gift for Meghan.
More from The Age:
He took the morning off school as he was feeling “a bit sick”, but found the energy to make a special gift, fit for a Duchess.
It was a necklace made from pasta that he dipped in gold.
If you look at this next photo you can see the Duchess donned the gift from Gavin.
Back to The Age piece:
“It was my idea … [but] Mum helped a bit,” Gavin said.
“I did the pasta with gold paint. Mum helped me thread through the necklace”
A closer look.
Good for Gavin! Susan C pointed out that today is National Pasta Day, but I think that is a US-only observance.
The Governor General of Victoria Linda Dessau (the first female in this position) and husband Anthony Howard joined Meghan and Harry.
A final walkabout video from Emily Andrews.
Video: and that’s a wrap! #harryandmeghan finish their walkabout after 30 mins or so & enter Goverment House for a reception with Linda Dessau Gov of Victoria & her husband Anthony Howard pic.twitter.com/1fbzMTgdIx
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 18, 2018
Rebecca English of The Daily Mail tweeted photos of the Duchess. On the left, you can see Amy Pickerill, Meghan’s Assistant Private Secretary.
If wondering what happens to all of the gifts handed to royals, here is a brief explanation from News.com Australia:
According to the royal family’s official gift policy, one of a few things can happen. It can be accepted and used, provided it’s worth less than £150 ($A276), or it could be kept in storage for up to five years. Curators of the Royal Collection may choose to incorporate it into their displays, or it may be donated to an organisation or charity, or — unfortunately — it can be destroyed or thrown out.
Every year, the royals releases itemised lists of every gift they’ve received, including details about who it’s from, where it was given, what it was, and who it was for.
This Girl Can was initially developed by Sport England to encourage and promote sporting activities among women. The endeavor is designed “to help women overcome the fear of judgment that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.” The important thing is that women are getting up, moving and active. Meghan and Harry both took part in the games.
The royals were welcomed officially by the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau at Government House, followed by a reception.
From The Daily Mail:
They attended the official reception, meeting a diverse group of young Victorian leaders and community members.
Harry greeting guests.
While at Government House the Duke and Duchess saw a scaled, miniature Formula 1 car designed and made by Trinity Grammar students. They met some of the students today; more from The Mirror’s coverage:
The youngsters have been involved in the F1 in schools programme, and were showing off two miniature cars.
Harry and Meghan had a chance to race the cars, and were given remote controllers and shown which buttons to press when the lights changed.
They also met representatives of Guide Dogs Victoria, including the four-legged kind.
Meghan and Harry visited Charcoal Lane, a social enterprise restaurant providing “guidance and opportunity to young Aboriginal people in need of a fresh start in life,” according to a Kensington Palace news release. They saw a cooking demonstration that focused on native Australian food.
A quick video.
The Duke and Duchess join a cooking session alongside young people involved in the @charcoal_lane Mission Australia training programme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/9Z1SKPcIPb
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 18, 2018
Now to what Meghan wore in Melbourne, starting with her dress by Australian designer Dion Lee, the “Folded Sail Dress.”
The sleeveless midi-dress is made of Italian double weave wool, a blend of 94% wool with a touch of polyamide and Lycra. It is fitted at the waist, and features an A-line asymmetric fold detail skirt and just one lapel on the fully lined bodice.
The dress also comes in black; both colors may be pre-ordered on the Dion Lee site ($873). A major Tip of the Tiara to Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion. She lives in Melbourne and called Dion Lee to get the details on the dress.
More on how Meghan came to be wearing this piece via a Herald Sun story:
Lee said he was thrilled that the Duchess chose to wear one of his designs and said she perfectly embodies his brand’s ethos.
“I think Meghan brings a sophistication and ease to the designs; she is relatable to people and that relaxed sophistication is at the core of our brand.”
Lee said the classic design was made at Meghan’s request after seeing another of his designs that she admired.
“We custom-made the gown at her request and it’s so special to see the product on Meghan. “She looks beautiful and we are so grateful for the worldwide exposure she has given the brand.”
More about the label from the Dion Lee website:
Renowned for experimental construction combined with traditional tailoring, the brand has pioneered a modern identity for Australian fashion.
Below, current Dion Lee styles as shown at Farfetch. The brand is well known in fashion circles. Last year Mr. Lee was named the 2017 Australian Fashion Laureate, the youngest recipient to ever be given the award. More from WWD:
The Laureate is the latest in a string of accolades for Lee, who launched his business in 2008, after graduating from Sydney’s Fashion Design Studio and quickly garnering a following for his deconstructed tailoring and signature dresses with complex surface treatments.
“[The Laureate] is a bit of a landmark moment for me — knowing that it is voted by your peers,” said Lee, who is now a New York Fashion Week runway regular and boasts over 70 global wholesale stockists.
Melissa Singer shared the reaction from designer Dion Lee.
Dion Lee: “It’s a whole other level [of attention]. I can’t say our website has ever crashed as a result of anyone wearing our clothes,” he said. Meghan’s custom dress was made “based on a previous dress of ours that she really liked”.
The Sydney Opera House just unveiled its new uniforms, they were designed by Dion Lee. More from a Sydney Morning Herald piece.
This is the first time in the Opera House’s 45-year history that it has commissioned an Australian designer with an international reputation to dress its staff, and the first time staff have been able to have a design input into their outfits.
Meghan also brought back the Classic Cotton Straight Cut Trench Coat by Australian designer Martin Grant seen the first day of the tour.
The piece is from the designer’s s/s 2019 collection and called the Classic Cotton Straight Cut Trench Coat. It retailed at $1690 when available for pre-ordering from Moda Operandi. It is currently shown as sold out, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become available again.
It looked like the Duchess was wearing her Manolo Blahnik BB heels.
Meghan carried a new handbag by Gucci. The petite style is called the Sylvie Mini Chain Bag, and it measures 6.5″ x 4″ x 1.5″ deep. The bag is described as being made of white leather (although it looks cream or ivory in the photos) embellished with blue & red web material that is topped by goldtone metal chain and logo buckle; it is carried by a goldtone metal link strap. The piece is available at Gucci, as well as at Net-a-Porter and also Farfetch. It is $1200 at all three retailers. Our thanks to Sylvia Jeffreys of 9News Australia and Vittoria on the FB page for the speedy bag ID.
We will update if we discover more information about any elements of the post. Here is our graphic look at Meghan’s ensemble for the day’s engagements.
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