Hello again! It’s hard to believe we are back so soon after the royal wedding whirlwind.
Today Meghan and Harry, now TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace. The weather was perfect for the event honoring Prince Charles’s 70th birthday and his charities.
Many expected the couple to begin their honeymoon after the wedding, but they elected to postpone it so they could attend this event. From the Prince of Wales’ website:
The event will celebrate The Prince of Wales’ Patronages and Military affiliations as well as others involved in charities supported by The Prince.”
While Prince Charles’s actual birthday isn’t until November, today’s function served as a kickoff to multiple celebrations for the heir to the throne.
The Duke and Duchess looked relaxed and at ease in the crowd.
Here you see them greeting guests.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 22, 2018
Prince Harry was in a traditional morning suit and vest.
Another quick video of Meghan and Harry meeting guests.
Harry and Meghan meet some of the 6,000 guests at the garden party. pic.twitter.com/sTXEl6KUYt
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) May 22, 2018
Because this is a ‘milestone birthday’ for the Prince of Wales (he is turning 70), there are multiple festivities planned, many of them on a large scale like today’s party. This allows HRH to recognize large groups of people, such as today’s focus on the Prince’s patronages and military affiliations. Other events will be on a smaller and more intimate scale.
Prince Harry delivered remarks at the party.
There were more than 6000 guests at the party; a significant number were first responders who were on the scene of the Manchester bombing a year ago today. In his remarks the Duke spoke of the one-year anniversary.
I would like us to take a moment to remember all those affected by the tragic events at the Manchester Arena a year ago. We are fortunate to have over 250 representatives from the Emergency Services here today.
Meghan and Camilla had a bit of a giggle during Harry’s speech, as a bee circled the Duke, momentarily distracting him.
Harry spoke about his father’s dedication to charitable work.
His enthusiasm & energy are truly infectious; it has certainly inspired William & I to get involved in issues we care passionately about & do whatever we can to make a difference.”
A video of Harry speaking.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 22, 2018
Now to what Meghan wore for her first garden party.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a bespoke version of the ‘Flavia’ dress by Goat Fashion in a soft, dusky pink.
The dress is 100% wool; (a tropical weight wool), with 100% silk décolletage and sleeves. It has a fit and flare silhouette with the contrasting silk-chiffon at the bodice and sleeves, as well as delicate, frayed edging at the cuff and neckline.
More from a Sky News story:
Jane Lewis, the founder of Goat, told Sky News: “We are delighted Meghan chose to wear Goat and it was a pleasure to make a custom dress for her.”
One of the differences in Meghan’s dress from the off the rack version is the sleeve hem. Meghan’s dress does not have the darker color at the cuff, the color appears to be the same.
Our thanks to Michelle of Perth’s Fashion for pointing out the distinction. The dress is shown as being available on the US site ($790). It is also shown as being on sale at Matches Fashion for just $450, but when clicking on the link it doesn’t go to the dress page, but to the overall selection of Goat at Matches; our guess is that it is sold out. A Tip of the Tiara to @innominate_93 on Twitter for the dress ID.
The Meghan Effect seems to have hit Goat’s website, it has been difficult to access at times today.
Meghan’s hat was by Philip Treacy.
Meghan was in another pair of shoes by Tamara Mellon, the brand’s Siren style in the blush color ($450). The shoe has a leather upper along with a bit of PVC at the toe box that wraps around to the instep, and a 4.1″ heel. A ‘thank you’ to HeavenQRF for her work identifying the shoes.
Meghan also wore a bracelet we didn’t recognize; we are still working to ID the piece.
This was an excellent look for Meghan, understated and elegant.
A complete look at what the Duchess of Sussex wore today.
A quick side note about another garden party for any readers who will be in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area on June 10th: Susan K is part of a Royal Wedding Garden Party at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms with Micki Maynard, whom many of you saw live on the WMW Facebook page on Saturday.
Here is more info from the Zingerman’s Cornman Farms site:
Join us for a Royal Wedding Garden Party at Cornman Farms on June 10th! Susan E. Kelley of WhatKateWore.com and WhatMeghanWore.net along with Author and Journalist Micheline Maynard are joining us to host a fête worthy of the Queen. The afternoon begins with cocktails in the garden, followed by a proper Afternoon Tea prepared by Cornman Farms’ British owner and chef Kieron Hales. You will also have the pleasure of re-living the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as our co-hosts review royal fashion, history and recap the wedding of the year.
Fascinators and festive attire is welcome.
Advance Registration Required: $60 Per Person, Includes Afternoon Tea, Bubbly and a Royal Wedding Review
This is going to be a lot of fun, it would be terrific to meet some of you in person! -Susan K