Meghan was in a mix of new and old pieces for today’s visit to Australia House with Prince Harry.
The couple attended a reception and heard an update on this fall’s Invictus Games in Sydney. A video of the couple arriving and being greeted by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife, Lucy Turnbull.
It’s #GameOnDownUnder – the Invictus Games are heading to Sydney! Prince Harry & Ms.Markle arrive at Australia House to celebrate the upcoming #IG2018 with PM @TurnbullMalcom & Ms.Turnbull and ??&?? servicemen and women, including past Invictus competitors @InvictusSydneypic.twitter.com/M5d3tUt5BJ
— Aus. High Commission (@AusHouseLondon) April 21, 2018
As most readers know, Harry is the Invictus Games Patron. They were his brainchild, started after he saw the benefits US military personnel experienced from participating in the Warrior Games. The first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014. The most recent were in Toronto last year; that is where Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance together. The Sydney games run from Oct 20 – Oct 27. A bit of background on them from Sky News
More than 500 competitors from 18 nations are expected to compete in this year’s Games, all of whom are sick and injured military personnel and veterans.
Harry and Meghan are attending the Games this fall (springtime in Australia) and there is word of a tour adjacent to the Games trip, either before or after the Sydney events. Most recently Harry and Meghan attended trials in Bath for athletes hoping to make the UK team heading to Sydney in October. At today’s function Harry and Meghan met servicemen and women from both the UK and Australia who have competed in the Invictus Games. From the Evening Standard’s story:
Army personnel praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year’s event taking place in Sydney. Jo Hursey, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: “I don’t think he realises how many lives he’s changed. “He’s changed mine for the better.”
The couple was given official gear for the Sydney games.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore today. She was in a dress by Self-Portrait, the label’s Cold Shoulder Floral Printed Dress in green. It is crafted in a lightweight polyester crépe in a floral print, with a sweetheart neckline, gathered bodice, pleated skirt, and off the shoulder styling. It features many of the brand’s signature design elements, including frills and ladder stitching at the waist. The dress is lined and fastens at the back; it can also be worn with the shoulders up as seen below right. It is is offered in very limited sizing at Italist ($510) and also at Neiman-Marcus, but in limited sizes. It is also available at Self Portrait (£300), shown with an estimated shipping date in July. (It sounds like perhaps another order of dresses has been made.)
Meghan was in the Alexander McQueen jacket we first saw when worn to the Endeavor Awards in February. We originally thought Meghan wore a different piece that night, the Grain de Poudre style, but after seeing the jacket in sunlight today we now believe it is McQueen’s Leaf Crepe Jacket. (Our updated February post is here.)
The Leaf Crepe Jacket is done in an acetate/rayon blend featuring a fitted silhouette, single button closure and slanted flap pockets.
The bag is called either the Mini Classic Origami or the Mini Classico. Meghan’s bag is the shiner patent finish seen on the left, but with the chain shown with the suede bag on the right. Here you see the detail of Meghan’s chain on the far left, and the opened bag, demonstrating why the piece was given the ‘origami’ name. Once again thanks go to Michelle of Perths Fashion for her speedy bag identification! Meghan was in her Manolo Blank BB heels in black suede. We are still trying to identify her earrings, they are not a pair we have seen previously.
UPDATE APR 22: We believe Meghan’s earrings could be by Cartier.
They appear to be the jeweler’s Galanterie de Cartier style.
Our thanks to Laura (@SolidMoonlight on Twitter) for the tip on these! (While Birks has said Meghan is wearing their Bee Chic style, we do not think that is the case.)
As seen in the photos, Meghan wore her hair down today.
A quick reminder that we will be covering the Queen’s Birthday Party concert at Royal Albert Hall tonight. Commemorating HM’s 92nd birthday, it includes performances by Kylie Minogue, Sting, Sir Tom Jones, Alfie Boe and Shaggy, as well as a special tribute by Prince Harry. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust; last week it was announced that Prince Harry is President of the Trust. The concert will be aired live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2; it starts at 8 pm local time, that is 3 pm EDT/Noon PDT.
- Learn more about the Invictus Games here, the Invictus Games Foundation Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here
- The Sydney Invictus Games site is here; the Invictus Sydney Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here, and the Instagram page is here
- The Australian High Commission in the UK website is here; the Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here
- The Evening Standard’s story is here; the Sky News piece is here; The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here
- Us Weekly’s photo gallery is here, Erin Hill’s People story is here;