“…fuelled by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s passion for supporting the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, The Royal Foundation created the Endeavour Fund.
Meghan and Harry arriving at the awards venue.
The Daily Mirror’s Victoria Murphy shared a video of the couple arriving.
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) February 1, 2018
In her story for The Telegraph Hannah Furness provides more background on the fund:
…the Endeavour Fund supports the ambitions of men and women to use challenges such as scuba diving, mountain climbing and dog sledging to help with their physical, psychological and social recovery from physical injury and mental health issues.
Prince Harry is the charity’s royal patron. Meghan and Harry meeting attendees.
This is a cause very close to Harry’s heart. The Endeavour Fund website features a quote from the Prince:
More about the couple attending tonight’s awards comes from The Telegraph story cited above.
Tonight’s event at the historic Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London, the first evening engagement they have attended together, was carefully selected as their first evening do
Harry and Meghan met some of those nominated for awards, as well as volunteers, fund managers, and donors.
This comes via The Daily Mail’s coverage.
The couple looked relaxed as they talked with the nine nominees – who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges – ahead of the second annual Endeavour Fund Awards.
Prince Harry addressing the attendees.
From his remarks:
“I am fortunate enough to meet many of those who take part in the endeavours that we support and I am continually amazed by the tenacity, fortitude and unshakable humour displayed by the men and women who sign up to run races, cross oceans, climb mountains or take on challenges few would even contemplate.
Harry presented Sean Gane with the Henry Worsley Award, named after a late British Army officer who died while on an expedition last year that was a fundraiser for the Endeavour Fund. Kensington Palace reported, “Sean Gane has won the Henry Worsley Award after overcoming serious injuries to take on a dog-sledding expedition to Sweden.”
One of the night’s surprises was that Meghan was asked to give out one of the awards. Upon taking the stage, she told the audience, “I am truly privileged to be here.”
Below you see her giving the award to winner Daniel Claricoates, who served in Afghanistan and took on climbing expeditions as a way to cope with PTSD.
She shared the podium with Neil Heritage, and there was a little hiccup in getting to the actual announcement of the winner. Here is another video from Victoria Murphy.
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) February 1, 2018
After the awards, it was time for group photos; in this picture, Harry and Meghan join all of those nominated for awards.
Here you see them with the three award winners, Ben Lee, Sean Gane, and Daniel Claricoates.
Below you see Harry and Meghan as they are leaving.
Now we turn to what Meghan wore for the awards.
UPDATE: She was in separates by Alexander McQueen.
Her jacket looks like it is the Grain de Poudre style ($1995).
UPDATED APR 21 2018: We initially thought Meghan’s jacket was the Grain de Poudre. However, after a closer examination and also seeing the jacket in daylight (see our April 21 post), we believe it is Alexander Mcqueen’s Leaf Crepe Jacket ($1,995), currently available in all sizes.
The piece is a classic tailored style for McQueen. The jacket has a single button fastening, two side flap pockets, and subtly padded shoulders.
The piece is made of finely woven wool known as ‘grain de Poudre’ that is generally used in men’s suiting. It is fitted and features peaked lapels, double back vents and sharply angled pockets on the front. We show the piece at Net-a-Porter, where the jacket is also available in white.
Meghan paired the jacket with matching trousers ($795), also made of lightweight grain de poudre wool. They have a straight leg silhouette, fairly high waist, front zipper, belt loops, and side-seam slip pockets.
When looking closely at Meghan’s trousers, it appears she has had them cropped and cuffed.
Our thanks to Meghan’s Mirror for their help on both of these McQueen IDs.
The item is a bodysuit in 100% silk crêpe de chine, a lighter weight silk. It features a high collar, button front, and a bow that can be tied or left undone; Meghan wore hers loosely tied. The attached panty is a nylon/spandex blend.
Sorting our what shoes Meghan wore became quite a challenge.
It turns out they are by Manolo Blahnik, the brand’s BB black suede pumps.
This is one of the brand’s standard styles that is available in multiple colors and heel heights. It is a basic stiletto with a point-toe and 4″ heel. If wondering what the “BB” style name means, it is what the designer named the style in 2008 because of his fondness for Brigette Bardot. We show the shoe at Neiman Marcus; it is also offered at Manolo Blahnik.
Tonight Meghan carried a Prada handbag. Our thanks to Sarah of The Royals and I for her work identifying the bag.
Meghan also wore her Le Plaisirs de Birks Bar earrings in 18K gold ($375). (The photo below is from a previous event, we didn’t have a sharp picture from this evening.)
And her Birks Stacking Ring.
- More on The Royal Foundation creation of the Endeavour Fund here.
- The Endeavour Fund website is here; the Endeavour Fund Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here.
- The Daily Mail‘s primary story is here; The Telegraph story is here; The Evening Standard’s article is here; The Mirror’s coverage may be seen here
- People’s story is here; the Fug Girls very witty post is here