The Duchess wore a mix of labels for today’s visit to Brinsworth House.
The facility is the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home.
Funds to operate Brinsworth House come in large part from the annual Royal Variety Performance. Below, the Duke and Duchess arriving at this year’s performance.
The charity “assists those who’ve worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help. The charity strives to support all those, both young and old, who’ve worked on the stage, in the wings, in front of a camera, or behind it, as well as all those who have spent their lives working in the numerous support industries dedicated to entertainment.”
At today’s engagement Meghan learned about the history of the facility.
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In these images, the gentleman you see in the suit and tie is Giles Cooper, chair of the Royal Variety Charity.
The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English posted a video of Meghan meeting Richard O’Sullivan, described by Rebecca as a huge television star in the 1970s.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) December 18, 2018
There was no shortage of holiday-themed goodies to nibble on. Below, Meghan speaking with head chef Stuart Jones.
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The Richmond & Twickenham Times noted in its story that Meghan “…appeared to have an affinity with residents as she toured Brinsworth House.” Kensington Palace shared a video of Meghan speaking with residents.
The @RoyalVariety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron, assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. pic.twitter.com/Ewr8WsTOkp
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 18, 2018
The charity pointed out how proud they are of their staff, because they “do so much to assist residents and visitors.” (An aside: as someone who volunteers every Tuesday in a nursing home/elder care facility, I see firsthand what an enormous asset the staff can be. It sounds like they have great employees at Brinsworth House. -sek)
Back to the Richmond & Twickenham Times story (the individual being quoted in the last paragraph is Giles Cooper):
The talented Duchess showed her grasp of foreign languages, chatting in fluent Spanish to one of the residents.
Ms Serrano, originally from Madrid, said Meghan spoke to her in fluent Spanish without an accent. She added: “She was telling me about her life and her acting, she was talking about everything. She said she started doing a job she enjoyed then she met Harry.”
Giles Cooper told the paper that “She was chatting all the way round, great fun in the hairdressing salon, in all the areas actually, really joined in and made a real effort to speak to absolutely everybody – it was fantastic to see.”
When speaking with 87-year-old Josephine Gordon, who was a theatre actress, Meghan shared that she felt “… very pregnant.”
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) December 18, 2018
The Duchess took part in some arts and crafts activities, including making ornaments.
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Some of the finished pieces, including Meghan’s on the right.
The Duchess signs the guest book.
Emily Nash of Hello! tweeted a photo of the guest book and Meghan’s signature.
Victoria Murphy shared a video of Meghan leaving after today’s engagement.
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) December 18, 2018
Meghan wore a coat by a label we see her in with some frequency, Soia and Kyo.
It is the ‘Adelaida’ coat in ash grey ($550), made of a wool/poly/viscose blend. The style has a slim fit, with a notch collar and self-belt. The brand describes the length as ‘maxi,’ although it is shorter than what I think of as maxi length. Our thanks to Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion for the coat ID.
The dress is by Brock Collection, a label launched in 2013 that is still managed by the husband and wife founders, Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock.
The dress is the Odilia style ($1480), from the label’s 2019 Resort collection. It also features a slim fit, as well as a square neckline, ruched cap sleeves and center front slit. The frock’s most distinctive element is the multiple panels in the design. It looks like Meghan may have had the dress altered to shorten the length of the slit.
Here is a closer view of the print, as well as the paneled construction. The piece is also available at Selfridges, where it is on sale for $920.
If interested in learning more about the label, there is info on the brand’s ‘about page,’ including a cute video. Below, Laura and Kristopher Brock.
The Duchess wore her Aquazzura Deneuve pumps in taupe.
Meghan carried her Wilbur & Gussie Bespoke Charlie clutch ($258).
The Charlie is the brand’s signature style, available in a variety of colors and materials. Meghan’s bag is 100% silk, has a concealed strap that allows you to carry the piece as a wristlet, and it measures roughly 8.5″ x 5″.
The Duchess wore her Birks Pétale diamond and gold earrings.
She also had on a ring we didn’t recognize. It appears to be a Hamsa ring in gold with a stone in the center. UPDATE: It looks like the ring is by Kismet by Milka.
The Hamsa Ring (AU $440 AUD, roughly USD $316) is crafted of 14K rose gold with a .01ct sapphire. This was another terrific ID by Anne on Twitter, our thanks to her for not only finding the ring but also sharing the information with everyone.
The jewelry company was started by Turkish designer Milka Karaağaçlı, with its first retail operation in Istanbul. On its ‘About’ page the brand notes that, “..each collection is a new thrill to discover the full potential of creativity. The brand speaks the same language as all women who possess this sense of discovery in their hearts.” It has become a celebrity favorite, worn by Beyonce, Rihanna, Bella Hadid, Chrissy Tiegen and other A-listers. Meghan’s friend Priyanka Chopra has also worn the brand (more here).
It looks like the company is now headquartered in Australia. Kismet by Milka is available directly from the company, and also at Nordstrom, as well as Selfridges, Neiman Marcus and Saks. UPDATE Dec 19: The company is headquartered in Turkey, not Australia.
Our final item involves something fun, a giveaway from our sponsor, Lavender Hill Clothing Company. You’ll recall Meghan has worn the company’s tees.
We’re delighted Lavender Hill is giving away £100 gift vouchers to two lucky winners. They can be used on any LHC merchandise, including goodies like these. All you need to do to enter is sign up for their mailing list, come back here and leave a comment saying you did ! Entries will be taken until midnight on Sunday night and the giveaway is open worldwide. We’ll contact the winners on Monday. If we don’t hear back from a winner within 48 hours we will then select another name.
This 4-1/2 minute video has some great nat sound of Meghan speaking with residents.
- Visit the Royal Variety Charity website here; the Royal Variety Performance dedicated website is here; follow the Twitter feed here
- Read the entire Richmond & Twickenham Times story here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s article is here
- Victoria Murphy’s Town & Country piece is here; People‘s photo gallery is here; Just Jared’s gallery is here; The Fug Girls report is here