The Duchess surprised many of us with an early evening appearance in London.
Meghan and Harry attended the first regular season Major League Baseball game ever played in Europe, dubbed the “London Series.”
The event’s charity partner: The Invictus Games Foundation.
There have been activities all week tied to the event. Some may remember yesterday’s post, where we shared this photo of Yankees legend CC Sabathia with Invictus Games competitors.
Of course, this was also in yesterday’s post:
There is a remote chance the Duchess could join Harry at the game, although we think the chances are very slim.
That is kind of the ‘royal we,’ I am the one who wrote that. (Susan Kelley.) Ahem.
It was the perfect day for the event in London, it is Armed Forces Day in the UK. There were lots of activities before the game got underway. This quick video shows Invictus team athletes from the US and the UK learning how to play softball/baseball before the big game.
Happy #ArmedForcesDay! We’re raising the profile of wounded, injured, or sick Servicemen and Women today at the #LondonSeries with former competitors: You Just Can’t Beat The Person Who Never Gives Up.
Check out what we got up to yesterday with @mlblondonseries: pic.twitter.com/VKR0SLQjtJ
— Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) June 29, 2019
There was also a reception before the game with Invictus athletes, officials, sponsors, and family members. The get-together included former competitors from the USA and the UK.
The couple spent time with both teams. Below, the Duke and Duchess meeting some of the Boston Red Sox.
Meghan even had a hug for Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.
Why did he get special royal treatment? The Boston Globe explains in this story:
It all came about because of a Globe story published on May 7, 2018 that revealed Betts and Markle were distantly related.
Jim McNiff, an amateur genealogist from Burlington, Mass., discovered the link between Betts and actress Meghan Markle, who was engaged to Prince Harry at the time. It went back to ancestors 150 years ago in Alabama.
They also had a connection via a 1920 marriage between Betts’s great uncle and Markle’s great-great aunt.
And a group photo.
A closer look.
The Royals spent time with the NY Yankees as well.
Where they were also given a tiny uniform for Archie.
It showcases the team’s distinctive pinstripes, one of the most iconic uniforms in US sports.
Meghan clearly enjoying something one of the Yankees said.
After all the meet and greet activity, it was time for the national anthems. Both God Save the Queen and the Star Spangled Banner were performed by the Kingdom Choir; the group did the classic version of Stand By Me at Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
This 1-minute shows some of the anthem. (We link to a wonderful 3:30 video of both anthems being sung in the ‘videos’ section at the bottom of the post.)
The Duke and Duchess joined Invictus Games competitors on the field for the ceremonial first pitch.
The baseball used for the first pitch was taken to the mound by Maya, daughter of an Invictus Games competitor.
This video has more on the first pitch.
— Russell Myers (@rjmyers) June 29, 2019
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There was a good crowd on hand for the game.
The goings-on included a mascot race like those seen at some games in the US. The four special “mascots”: Freddie Mercury of Queen, Winston Churchill, King Henry VIII and the Loch Ness Monster.
— MLB London (@mlblondonseries) June 29, 2019
The couple in the stands.
It was a treat to see Meghan, especially at such a fun event for a good cause.
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It looked like the Duke and Duchess thoroughly enjoyed the London Series.
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Below, the couple leaving the stadium this evening.
Ultimately the Yankees were victorious. If interested in watching tomorrow’s game, it starts at 10:10am on the east coast, 3:10 in London; in the USA the game will be on ESPN.
Now for what the Duchess wore to the historic event. She was in a dress by Stella McCartney, the label’s Belted Keyhole Dress.
The piece is crafted of a viscose/acetate/spandex fabric. It features a jewel neckline, short sleeves, hidden back zipper, wide belt with goldtone metal, a full skirt, and the keyhole opening at the neck.
Our thanks to Innominate on Twitter for the speedy dress ID!.
Many recognized Meghan’s flats immediately, as they featured the distinctive bow at the heel of Aquazzura’s ‘Deneuve’ style shoes.
It is the Aquazzura Deneuve Bow Pointy Toe Flat. The ballerina flat is done in black kid suede with side cutouts and metallic plating on the heel. We show it at Nordstrom where most sizes are in stock; it is also offered at Bergdorf Goodman where it is available in most sizes; additionally, the style is in stock at Neiman Marcus. It is $695 at all three retailers.
Below, some of the Deneuve colors Meghan has worn in the high-heeled version of the shoe.
Thoughts on today’s look from The Telegraph’s fashion piece by Tamara Abraham.
The temperature may have hit 33 degrees Celsius in London today, but the Duchess of Sussex looked cool and comfortable on Saturday afternoon…The belt detail at her waist created a feminine silhouette, while the short sleeves and above-the-knee hem would have kept her cool in the warm weather
The black suede pumps were a polished choice on a day when most other women would have gone for sandals or flip-flops.
Meghan wore a new pair of earrings today. Anne Young suggests the Jennifer Meyer, 18-karat gold turquoise earrings, $395.
It looks like the Duchess may be wearing her Wwake 14k Three Stone cuff bracelet, $807.
Meghan’s sunglasses look like the Illesteva brand in their Leonard Half / Half with brown lenses style, $177.
We’ll leave you with this video of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, London style.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019
Also tonight, a quick update on Meghan’s eternity and updated engagement ring. Omid Scobie had the exclusive story in Harper’s Bazaar:
After weeks of speculation about a new diamond on Meghan’s wedding finger, BAZAAR.com can reveal that Harry helped create the piece with renowned jeweler Lorraine Schwartz as a gift to mark the couple’s wedding anniversary—and their growing family.
While creating the bespoke conflict-free diamond eternity band, Harry paid tribute by having Schwartz add birthstones for Meghan, Archie, and himself on the underside of the delicate piece.
Back to Omid’s story:
While working closely with the famous New York-based jeweler, the prince also took the opportunity to have Meghan’s engagement ring—which features two stones that once belonged to Princess Diana—resized and reset with a new delicate diamond band.
And this via Twitter.
Meghan Markle Eternity Ring:
Harry & Lorraine Schwartz designed the new ring together. He paid tribute by adding birthstones for Meghan, Archie, and himself. It features a flawless green emerald for Archie, a blue sapphire for Harry, and a green peridot stone for the duchess. pic.twitter.com/i63A4T3p0D
— Rings Daily (@RingsDaily) June 29, 2019
This video from Major League Baseball is focused on the Freedom Choir performing the national anthems; it’s a terrific piece.
The Sussex Royal posted its first Instagram Stories video today. Royal reporter Omid Scobie shared it on Twitter.
The #SussexRoyal account posted its first @Instagram story — a behind the scenes look at Harry and Meghan’s @MLB #LondonSeries visit today. Some nice moments caught on camera! pic.twitter.com/Vo3374xtD0
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 29, 2019
This 1:40 piece from VOA Radio shows much of the pre-game activity.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, joined baseball fans at London Stadium as Major League Baseball came to the U.K. for the first time, Saturday, June 29. (Reuters) pic.twitter.com/JqGmXJ5PKs
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) June 29, 2019
- The Invictus Games Foundation website is here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; the Instagram page is here and Twitter feed here.
- The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 site is here; the 2020 Games Facebook page is here; an Instagram page is here and Twitter feed here
- The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Daily Mirror’s piece is here; a Telegraph story on the game is here;
- The Fug Girls post is here; the Telegraph’s fashion column is here;