The Duchess wore Emilia Wickstead for today’s Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
This is the third Commonwealth Service Harry and Meghan attended.
The video clip below shows the couple arriving today.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive at Westminster Abbey in London for the Commonwealth Service.
— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) March 9, 2020
Below, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo perform outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey ahead of today’s services.
Members of the Royal Family arrived ahead of the services. Below, the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive.
Prince Charles chats with the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle and The Duchess of Cornwall follows behind.
Her Majesty is the last to arrive.
For 2020, the Commonwealth theme, ‘Delivering a Common Future’, will act as the focus for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), for Commonwealth Day, and for the work of the Commonwealth more generally.
The theme was chosen because the governments and people of our diverse family of 54 Commonwealth countries connect at many levels through extensive and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.
The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies created beautiful floral arrangements which were placed throughout the abbey for the services. The arrangements include various flowers from around the commonwealth.
Below, The State Trumpeters of the Household Calvary and the Fanfare Team from the
Grenadier Guard Band play the fanfare as The Queen arrives.
Her Majesty enters Westminster Abbey.
— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) March 9, 2020
British singer and 2008 X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, performed the song Ain’t No Mountain for today’s service.
British heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua gave a Reflection.
“I am proudly British and Nigerian and I join a long line – perhaps too long to count – of UK citizens of Commonwealth origin who’ve made enormous contributions to this great, multi-cultural society of ours.” — Anthony Joshua
Singer Craig David performed his 2006 chart topping hit song, Unbelievable.
Spice Girl’s singer Geri Halliwell and her daughter, Bluebell, were also in attendance for today’s service.
Following the service, the Queen and members of the Royal Family chat with members of the Commonwealth.
Her Majesty seems to be having a delightful chat with Anthony Joshua.
Meghan also has a chance to chat with Anthony Joshua.
Outside, children wait with flowers for each of the royal women including Her Majesty. (This is probably one of my favorite parts of any engagement as it just warms my heart!)
The Queen looked beautiful in her blue coat and hat. Her posey compliments her outfit so nicely you would think it was planned!
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with one of the little girls patiently waiting to greet them.
It’s Meghan’s turn to receive her posey and chat with the young ladies.
A very sweet moment.
Harry and Meghan say hello to the children’s choir as they depart.
Today’s event marks the the couple’s final engagement before stepping back as Senior Royals.
More photos accompany a lovely message from the Sussex Royal Instagram account.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’, placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth’s natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth’s continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
A look at what the Duchess wore for today’s event.
Meghan wore a bespoke Emilia Wickstead dress and cape in an beautiful shade of emerald green.
The dress is similar in silhoette to this style from Ms. Wickstead’s collection, the Trista wool midi dress.
The cape inspiration may have come from this Fall 2019 collection piece, Harley cape-effect wool-gabardine jumpsuit. The fabric of the jumpsuit is a wool-gabardine and appears to be a closer match to the type of fabric that was used for Meghan’s ensemble.
Meghan’s shoes are from Aquazzura. They are the ‘Purist’ pump 105 in nude nappa leather, $695.
If looking for a less expensive alternative, M. Gemi makes a fabulous #MatchMegStyle. The brand’s Esatto 105 pump in natural leather, $278.
The brand also offers a slightly lower heel in a blush suede color, The Esatto 90, marked down, $175.
She carried her Gabriela Hearst Demi satin tote in emerald satin, $1,995.
Meghan’s hat is a bespoke piece by milliner William Chambers. It appears to be a version of the Veiled Teardrop Explosion from the Spring Summer 2020 collection.
The Duchess wore her Birks Snowstorm diamond earrings from the Snowflake collection. These are a pair we’ve seen her wear a number of times previously.
We expect to hear more news over the coming weeks of Harry and Meghan’s upcoming plans and changes to their Instagram account. Of course, all the details will be shared here on What Meghan Wore!
For all the details on the Duchess of Cambridge’s Catherine Walker outfit today, please visit our sister site, What Kate Wore.
If interested in more information regarding Sophie Wessex’s outfit – she wore a white long-sleeved midi dress from British brand Suzannah featuring a black skirt detail. Sophie first wore the dress for Royal Ascot in 2019.
- Read about the Commonwealth on the official Royal Family website here
- A copy of today’s Commonwealth Service programme can be found here
- 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