The Duchess wore a Victoria Beckham ensemble for today’s Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
This was the first Commonwealth Service Harry and Meghan attended as a married couple.
Below, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving just ahead of Meghan and Harry.
Here we see Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive.
The Duke of York and Her Majesty arrive.
Each year the Commonwealth chooses a theme to provide a focus for activities. The theme for this year is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’.
From the Commonwealth Service program:
The Commonwealth offers opportunities for the people, governments, and institutions of this richly diverse worldwide family of nations to connect and cooperate at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill. The theme encourages collaboration to protect natural resources and the environment – particularly, with the adoption in 2018 of the Commonwealth Blue Charter, of the ocean which connects so many member countries.”
The Royal Family noted on Twitter:
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, which represents a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people.
Once HM arrived, the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster and the rest of the royal family proceeded up the aisle. Dr. Hall conducted today’s service.
The Dhol Foundation performed a Drummer’s Reel.
The Duke of York and Duke and Duchess of Sussex watching the drummers.
Clean Bandit, an electronic music band from Cambridge performed as well today.
The band members consist of Grace Chatto and brothers, Jack and Luke Patterson.
Before the service @cleanbandit spoke about how they felt to be performing at the #CommonwealthDay in front of The Queen, members of The Royal Family and people from the Commonwealth community. pic.twitter.com/GUSUPG4YmF
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 11, 2019
Prime Minister Theresa May read from 1 Corinthians 12: 14–26 at this year’s services.
Many performers from across the Commonwealth took part in today’s service. Below, William Barton, the internationally-acclaimed didgeridoo player, performs “Kalkadungu’s Journey”. Mr. Barton is a member of the Kalkadunga people, from Mt Isa, Australia.
Tenor and actor, Alfie Boe performed an a cappella version of the song ‘Run’ written by the Northern Ireland band, Snow Patrol.
The Secretary-General of The Commonwealth, Rt Hon The Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, leads the Act of Affirmation to the Commonwealth.
‘We affirm our belief in the Commonwealth as a force for good in the world, and pledge ourselves to its service, now and for the future.’
Lurine Cato and the B Positive choir performed an uplifting rendition of ‘Rise Up’.
Meghan clearly enjoyed the performance.
— B Positive Choir ? (@bpositivechoir) March 11, 2019
Macebearer Panayiotis Krashias leading the procession out of the service.
HM The Queen leaving the service. Meghan and Harry speaking with members of the choir as they leave.
Meghan receives flowers outside the Abbey.
Meghan and Harry speaking with members of the choir as they leave.
Now to what Meghan wore for today’s service, an ensemble of Victoria Beckham pieces. We start with the Printed Crepe Long Sleeve Midi Dress ($1850), from the designer’s AW 2019 collection.
Made of 100% viscose, the piece is midi-length with long sleeves and a full, flowing skirt. It also has a scarf-effect collar and an open back (second photo from right above), although we don’t know if Meghan’s dress features those design elements.
Many thanks to Laura for another terrific ID.
Meghan’s coat is also from the Victoria Beckham AW 2019 collection. It has an open front, long sleeves, besom pockets and a wide band at the back.
Meghan’s shoes are also from the AW 2019 Collection, the Satin Pump Style ($590).
Currently, the shoes are only available in yellow, orange and pink.
Meghan’s clutch is also by Victoria Beckham, the Pocket Clutch in satin.
The clutch is currently available in leather, $490.
Our thanks to the UFO No More team for sharing their information about the pieces.
All pieces Meghan wore today from the Victoria Beckham AW 2019 collection will be available later this year on her site.
The Duchess wore her hair up, topped by a cream white pillbox hat.
We do not yet have an ID for the hat.
UPDATE: We’re thinking Meghan wore the Black Diamond Gold Pair Ring from I+I Jewelry, £145 – about $190 at today’s exchange rates. She also had on her Catbird NY ‘Threadbare’ ring, $44.
Thanks to @Solidmoonlight on Twitter for tip!
Finally Meghan wore another piece we have seen several times before. It is a diamond tennis bracelet that we are thinking belonged to Princess Diana.
She wore the bracelet while on the Royal Tour in Fiji and Tonga.
The fashion recap from our WMW Instagram account:
- 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