We have a little Friday surprise to share, news about an engagement last night for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The couple joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the Royal Foundation’s annual autumn dinner.
More about the Foundation from its website:
The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Our programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.
We knew the event was taking place. Below, a tweet by Cepe Smith who lists all of the official royal engagements shown in the Court Circular.
The event was at Victoria House in Bloomsbury Square. The venue offers a number of options for entertaining, including its ballroom.
The art deco ballroom is a popular spot for private parties.
We did not expect to see any photos from the dinner; historically, none have been released. We are fortunate because Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker performed last night and he released photos today via his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Below, Meghan and Harry with Mr. Walker and Anita Rani, radio and TV presenter with the BBC.
Ms. Rani emceed the vent last night and posted about it on her Instagram page.
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Such an honour to be asked to host the annual Royal Foundation dinner last night. Brilliant the Fab Four have come together to influence change. It was a wonderful evening!!! Thank you to @gaylerinkoff for the dress and bling @sarahjanewai for painting my face and making me shiny and @oskarperahair for the coiffure! #host #presenter #mc #royalfoundation ? #aboutlastnight
Below, William, Tom Walker, Anita Rani and Kate at the dinner.
Now for what Meghan wore. We start with her dress by Roland Mouret. The designer and Meghan have long been friends and she wears his designs with some frequency. With thanks to Samantha Salazar for a terrific ID, it looks like last night’s frock is the Aldrich style, customized with a longer, or full length skirt.
From the Resort ’17 collection, the piece is described as being made with a navy “weightless linen-blend cloqué (a textured material, often with a kind of puckered appearance) on the bodice, which is boned for a “close and secure fit.” The dress was most recently available at Net-a-Porter ($2082).
It looked like Meghan carried her navy UFO clutch, with thanks to Laura for that suggestion. We show the item when carried by the Duchess at another event.
Happy weekend to all!
Our thanks to Tom Walker for sharing the pictures! We’ll leave you with this clip of his performance with singer Robyn Hughes last night.
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If you had told me at the start of this year I’d be on stage with @iamtomwalker performing for @kensingtonroyal I’d have said you’ve lost your mind! I wasn’t even sure I’d have the confidence to get on a stage again! Big up to @crsstudionotts @bigtrevnotts and The Royal Foundation for an amazing opportunity and massive thanks to Tom and @simonkingcovert for being so lovely and putting me at ease!