Duchess Meghan wore a Sentaler midnight blue coat and Philip Treacy hat to the 91st Field of Remembrance event at Westminster Abbey today.
The Duchess joined the Duke of Sussex today. This was Harry’s seventh time attending the annual event, while it was Meghan’s first time attending. The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of the Poppy Factory, was due to join the royal couple for today’s event, however it was reported she has been battling a bad cold and was advised not to attend by her doctor.
The Field of Remembrance, a memorial garden organised annually by the Poppy Factory in Westminster, is open for eight days starting Thursday morning on the the lawn of St. Margaret’s Church between Westminster Abbey and Parliament.
It is marked out with wooden tokens of remembrance, originally remembrance crosses, for regimental and armed services associations.
It first opened in 1928 and was organized by George Arthur Howson, an officer in the British Army who served in the First World War and founder and chairman of the Poppy Factory.
Harry and Meghan each planted a Cross of Remembrance and one on behalf of The Duchess of Cornwall. Below, the Duke plants his cross first followed by Meghan and a member of the British military on behalf of The Duchess of Cornwall.
Below a video clip of the couple planting their crosses.
📹 VIDEO: TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plant their memorial crosses at the opening of the @PoppyFactory’s Field of Remembrance. #FieldofRemembrance @PoppyLegion @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/lgfEuhp7Op
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) November 7, 2019
The three planted crosses by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
You’ll notice the crown on Camilla’s cross is different from that of Harry and Meghan’s. There is significant meaning behind each of the crowns, also used on their coat of arms. The Duchess of Cornwall’s crown is the Coronet of Heir Apparent while The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s crown is the Coronet of the Children of Heir Apparent (seen below). Some may have also noticed the same crowns appearing on the top of stationery from Clarence House and Sussex Royal.
Senior members of The Royal Family have attended the Field of Remembrance since 1928. Below, the field in 1931.
The royal couple met a number of veterans after the service.
Meghan bends down to speak with a former veteran who appears delighted to meet the Duchess.
Below, Harry chats with the War Widows’ Association President, Baroness Janet Fookes, DBE DL and Chairman, Mary Moreland.
Meghan was also introduced to the two women.
Meghan leaving the event today.
Volunteers assist with the setup of the garden and the large number of crosses to be planted each year.
10,000 crosses in and 50,000 to go! It’s amazing to have so many wonderful volunteers helping at this year’s set-up of our #FieldofRemembrance at @wabbey. #Remembrance2019 pic.twitter.com/kPqb97ug72
— The Poppy Factory (@PoppyFactory) November 5, 2019
Once the field closes the Thursday after Remembrance Sunday, the wooden tokens are then collected and burned, and the ashes are scattered at the First World War battlefields in northern France and Belgium.
Now a look at what Meghan wore today.
The Duchess wore a coat we had not seen before from Sentaler. The style is from the Canadian brand’s 2015/16 Fall Winter collection — long wide collar wrap coat in midnight blue boucle alpaca.
It is no longer available.
UPDATE: Sentaler is now taking pre-order for the Boucle Alpaca Long Wide Collar Wrap Coat in Midnight Blue, $1,795. The coat will ship in mid-December.
A closer look at the coat’s boucle alpaca fabric.
The brand’s current style, The Meghan or Long Wide-Collar Alpaca Wrap Coat is available in black, $1495. Thanks to Monique Jessen on Twitter for the coat ID.
Meghan wore a new pair of boots by Tamara Mellon. They are the PIC knee high in black nappa leather, $795, from the x FRAME collaboration. The boots are also available in a cognac brown colorway called Luggage Nappa.
The boots are similar to Meghan’s Victoria Beckham boots worn on Christmas day in 2018. The difference is, that Tamara Mellon’s boots are a ‘slouch’ style whereas the Victoria Beckham’s boots are a structured style. The heel is also different on the two boots. Below shows the differences between the two style of boots.
Thanks to Heaven on Twitter for the boot ID.
The Duchess’ hat is by milliner Philip Treacy from the designer’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection.
Another view of the hat.
Thanks to Gabi on Twitter for the hat ID.
The Duchess had on a black dress today that has not yet been identified.
UPDATE 8 Nov: Meghan’s belt worn with her coat is by Prada. It is the Floral Embroidered Black Belt, $1,665, from Prada’s Pre-Fall 2017 Parallels Collection. The belt is no longer available.
The belt also came in a wide straight-edge style with a gold tone buckle.
Thanks to Emily on Twitter for this great find!
Her leather gloves have not yet been identified either. They appear to be the same navy leather pair Meghan wore for Trooping the Colour back in June 2019.
UPDATE: Dents Gloves UK has suggested their ‘Helene’ style in navy leather as a “shop the look” or #MatchMeghan #MatchMeg piece.
Below photo of Meghan wearing the gloves for Trooping the Colour 2019.
We will update the post with more information on these items once we have it.
Also, yesterday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised families of deployed service personnel at Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor with a visit.
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Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess surprised their neighbours in Windsor at a coffee morning for military families in a community centre located in the heart of the Army housing estate. Every year during the month of November we pause to remember and honour all those who have served their country here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world. Their Royal Highnesses also wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are currently deployed overseas. As we lead up to Remembrance Sunday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family at various commemoration events, including the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph. During the visit yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses met with young families who shared their experiences as parents and as couples who are often apart from their loved ones for months at a time. A reminder that a life of service does not simply describe the person wearing the uniform, but the entire family. #Remembrance #Lestweforget
We will have a separate post with more information on this surprise visit shortly.
We leave you with this adorable photo of 2 year old Florence looking at the crosses laid by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Field of Remembrance today.