Meghan arrives for the Endeavour Fund Awards 2020 wearing Victoria Beckham.
The Awards recognize members of the Armed Forces Community who were injured or fell ill while in the service who have forged ahead using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. This is the third year the couple has participated in the event.
Below, a stunning shot of the couple arriving as the rain fell around them.
This year’s event was held at Mansion House which is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London (not to be confused with the Mayor of London). The Lord Mayor is more of an administrative and ceremonial position.
A peek inside the venue for this evening’s reception and award activities.
Programs lined the seats for guests.
Meghan and Harry with the nominees ahead of the awards ceremony.
In the video below, the couple interacts with the nominees during the reception.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 5, 2020
Four awards were presented this year: the Recognising Achievement Award, Celebrating Excellence Award, Henry Worsley Award and a brand new category, the Community Impact Award.
The first award of the evening was the Recognising Achievement Award, which recognizes the “individual who has best utilised their endeavour to promote and catalyse their recovery.” This year’s nominees are Nikki Smale, Mark Bowra and Danny Holland, all of whom can be seen in the video below.
The award is given to “the person who has motivated their teammates by demonstrating a personal breakthrough and showing the positive difference sport and adventure can make in rehabilitation”.
This year’s winner was Welsh Guards veteran Danny Holland. He deals with mental health challenges after being hit by an IED while serving in Afghanistan.
Mr. Holland took the opportunity at the podium to surprise his girlfriend with a proposal!
The proposal was formalized on stage complete with bended knee.
ITV’s Lizzie Robinson caught the proposal on video below:
The winner of the Recognising Achievement Award, Danny Holland, has just surprised his girlfriend by proposing on stage at the @EndeavourFund Awards in front of Harry and Meghan 💍 pic.twitter.com/r1LV8eu5sE
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) March 5, 2020
Below, Meghan and Harry react to Danny’s proposal.
More from this Cumnock Chronicle story:
Ms Price said they were both invited to speak to the duke and duchess privately after the ceremony finished.
She said: “They just congratulated us. They asked us how we felt and if I was expecting it. They said they were really happy for us.”
Another view of the Duke and Duchess just after the wedding proposal.
The second award of the evening was the Celebrating Excellence Award, presented to those who have “endeavoured to achieve excellence in their chosen sport or adventurous challenge”.
The nominees were The Mind Over Matter Team, Glyn Barrell and Lee Spencer.
The award focuses on accomplishment such as the person(s) “who have won the most medals, represented at the highest level or pushed the boundaries of what was deemed possible and has inspired others with their sporting performance”.
Meghan presented the award to this year’s winner, Lee Spencer. More from Hello’s story:
As she took to the stage, the Duchess said: “Good evening everybody, it’s very nice to be back. It’s the thrid year that I’ve had the incredible fortune of joining my husband here, and as you all know, I can feel that it is just the most inspiring space, so I will say, when we were watching the videos [of nominees] all the way in Canada, we had the same moment as you: ‘How are you gonna choose?’, so we’ve done our best and I’m very pleased to announce the winner, who is Lee Spencer.”
Lee was unable to attend the ceremony due to prior commitments. A video was shown of his acceptance speech and the award was collected by Lee’s wife, Claire.
A quick video of Meghan presenting the award.
🎥 The Duchess of Sussex spoke about watching videos for the @EndeavourFund nominees when she was “all the way back in Canada”. She was on stage to present the Celebrating Excellence Award. pic.twitter.com/yh5Y09NhnS
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) March 5, 2020
Meghan and Claire Spencer with Lee’s award.
More from Hello’s story on the awards:
Harry and Meghan chatted to Claire Spencer, 52, whose husband, Lee ‘Frank’ Spencer was nominated for an award. Asked what she thought of Harry’s decision to step back as a working royal, Claire said: “I think he does an amazing job, as does she, and we should just let them lives the life they want to live. I know wha a difference Endeavour has made to my husband’s life since he lost a leg and I hold Harry personally responsible for that. Life is too short.”
A new award was introduced for this year, The Community Impact Award. It was created to “recognise the team that has contributed the most to their community and used the experience from their endeavour to make a positive impact on those around them”. There are no nominees for the award as all endeavours from the past year were entered to win.
Team Superhero Series was the first-ever winner of the award.
The last award of the evening was the Henry Worsley Award and is presented to the person who has “best inspired others through the demonstration of determination in the face of adversity, whilst endeavouring to support others with their recovery through sport or adventure challenge”. Mac Maclaren, Tom Oates and Nick Goldsmith, were nominated this year.
This is the most prestigious award of the evening and is named after the late Henry Worsley, “who tragically lost his life in January 2016 whilst attempting to cross the Antarctic landmass, solo and unsupported”.
Tom Oates (below center) took this year’s honors.
Harry closed out the evening with a few words.
“The Endeavour Fund is not just about recovery, it’s about discovering a new way of living – finding a new sense of purpose and you have most definitely found that.” – The Duke of Sussex
More from Harry’s remarks this evening:
For some, the military community represents a brotherhood or sisterhood that no other organisation can provide, and for others it’s a way of life which you never want to leave. For a lot of us, it’s both.
Being able to serve Queen and Country is something we all are rightly proud of, and it never leaves us. Once served, always serving!
A lot of you tonight have told me you have my back, well I’m also here to tell you, I’ve always got yours.
It looks like two projects the Prince is passionate about will have a closer association in the future. In his Harper’s Bazaar story, Omid Scobie reports there was “an announcement that the Endeavour Fund will be working much more closely with the Invictus Games in the future. On Wednesday, March 4, Harry privately attended an Invictus Games Foundation and Royal Society evening reception after the two organizations hosted a conference on the future of trauma recovery earlier in the day.”
Now for what Meghan wore at this evening’s event.
Meghan’s dress is by Victoria Beckham, the T-Shirt Fitted Dress in Turquoise, $1,285.
The dress is crafted of a lightweight wool-blend crêpe, a mix of polyester, wool, and nylon with a touch of elastane for stretch and ease of movement. The dress is designed for a snug fit, and it has darts and seaming details that belie its ‘simple’ appearance.
The Duchess wore her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in navy suede, $665.
And carried a clutch we’ve not previously seen, the Stella McCartney ‘Lucia’ Plexi Clutch blue and rose gold, $2,255. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. We show the clutch in black and white with gold details below.
Her bracelet is a new one from Jessica McCormack. It is the designer’s Chi Chi bracelet in rose gold with a .50 carat diamond, $10,400. Our thanks to Laura (@SolidMoonlight on Twitter) for the bracelet ID.
UPDATE 6 March: Meghan wore earrings from London based jeweler, Roxanne First. They are the The Gold Snake Hoop earrings £95.00 ($124 at today’s exchange rate).
Here is a quick video of the couple leaving after the conclusion of the awards.
— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) March 5, 2020
We leave you with this video from Sussex Royal’s Instagram account of tonight’s event.
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Tonight in London, for their third consecutive year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards, which celebrates the achievements of those veterans injured in service who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. By choosing to take on what seems impossible, these men and women not only set goals for themselves but have also inspired millions of people around the world. These annual awards bring together The Duke and The Duchess alongside wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans as well as their families, friends and supporters of the military community. The Duke, who founded the @EndeavourFund, spoke on the night: • “The Endeavour Fund came from seeing the gaping hole that can be left after taking off that uniform. The power that sport and adventurous challenge plays in recovery, yes; but most of all – the chance to be part of a team again while attempting to achieve unthinkable challenges – as if being shot or blown up wasn’t enough, you guys continue to impress, inspire and challenge what it means to have a life changing injury.” • Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 108 projects that have directly assisted over 6,000 of those injured in service. Congratulations to all those who participated in endeavours over the last year and inspired others to push the boundaries of what’s possible! #EndeavorFundAwards
- Learn more about the Endeavour Fund at its website here; the Endeavour Fund Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here; you may also enjoy the blog, located here.
- The news release about this year’s awards is here.
- The Telegraph’s coverage is here; Omid Scobie’s Bazaar piece is here; a Town and Country story and gallery may be seen here; a Hello article is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here