The Duchess wore Brandon Maxwell for today’s visit to the National Theatre.
This was Meghan’s first visit to the theatre since it was announced the Queen was passing patronage of the organization to her. Below, being welcomed by Rufus Norris, National Theatre Director (far left); Lisa Burger, the organization’s Executive Director (2nd from left); and Sir Damon Buffini, Chair of the National Theatre (center in navy suit).
Meghan has spoken on multiple occasions about her belief that the arts can bring together people and communities with varied backgrounds. More from The Telegraph’s story by Hannah Furness; the second paragraph quotes Mr. Norris.
Rufus Norris, artistic director, called her a “very natural fit” with the National Theatre, with a mutual passion for education, community arts and broadening the diversity of audiences.
“It’s a natural fit because she knows what a rehearsal room is, she knows what dressing rooms are and is passionate about the impact the arts can have.”
Here you see her with Jenna Omeltschenko, the theatre’s Touring Director (L) and Lisa Burger.
Today she took part in a workshop with members of the Pericles company. You see the Duchess speaking with Blessing, who is 13. She was in the Pericles cast; the production was the Theatre’s first Public Acts production.
Public Acts is a fairly new initiative undertaken to “create extraordinary acts of theatre and community,” described as “…a participatory program involving the community.” Below, a scene from the Pericles production.
The next Public Acts production will be a musical adaptation of As You Like It at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in August 2019.
The Duchess also met current and former apprentices at the theatre. Below, she is seen speaking with Technical Apprentices Olivia and Kelsey and a former apprentice, Tamykha. They are working on chandeliers that will be used in Tartuffe, an upcoming production.
More on the apprentice program from Kensington Palace: “The Theatre’s apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2011, which combines studying for formal qualifications alongside practical training.”
As we have mentioned previously, even though Meghan’s most recent work was in a television series, her training at Northwestern University focused on the theater.
Today she watched a children’s performance inspired by War Horse.
Another moment from Edith Neville Primary School’s War Horse performance pic.twitter.com/Svj3Rx1cSO
— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) January 30, 2019
The children’s version of the play was done by students from Edith Neville Primary School. It was part of the Theatre’s primary school programme, involving school workshops and other resources.
It turns out this wasn’t her first time seeing the play. We return to The Telegraph article.
…the Duchess told pupils from Edith Neville Primary School in Camden: “You guys did an amazing job when I saw you perform right before Christmas.
“I snuck in and watched. It was great, I didn’t want to leave.”
A video from People‘s Simon Perry as the Duchess departs.
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) January 30, 2019
Now for our look at what Meghan wore today.
Meghan’s Brandon Maxwell dress is from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway collection.
The sleeveless style is 100% viscose and mini-length, with a flared, flippy skirt. Meghan’s dress has been altered for a longer length that hits at the knee.
The jacket by Brandon Maxwell is from the same collection. It is an open front style with a shawl collar, front welt pockets, center back vent and gold metallic buttons at the cuff. It also looks like the Duchess may have had the sleeves shortened so they are more bracelet-length than a full long sleeve.
I don’t believe Meghan’s fabric is the same color as that seen above. In the item descriptions the color is called ‘neutral.’ In tweeting about today’s look Brandon Maxwell referred to the ensemble as ‘blush.’ Many thanks to Michelle of Perth’s fashion for her speedy ID of Meghan’s dress and jacket.
Meghan carried a clutch we first saw at Trooping the Colour, a Carolina Herrera style based on the designer’s Metropolitan Insignia series of bags.
And she wore her Aquazzura Matilde pumps. Made of suede, the style has a point-toe, a 4″ heel and the distinctive crossover ties, or laces. We show the Very Matilde pumps at Matches Fashion and also at My Theresa; the shoe is $695 at both places. It has a slightly smaller heel cup than what we see on Meghan’s style and is designed to tie in the back.
You may remember Meghan wearing rings by Ecksand for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney. The brand is dedicated to ethical and eco-friendly practices. From the Ecksand site: “We aim to make the world a better place by supporting honest, ethical and environmentally responsible business practices.” Our thanks to Monique Jessen of People for the ID information.
A reminder that tomorrow we’ll see the Duchess at her Association of Commonwealth Universities engagement.
Here is a 4-minute look at today’s engagement from ITN’s Royal Family Channel.
A 1-minute Reuters video via The Washington Post.
Emily Andrews of The Sun shared a 50-second look at the Pericles workshop.
#Meghan really enjoyed seeing the Public Acts’ version of Shakespeare’s Pericles and was tapping her foot along as the company did their warm-up! The workshops from 8 community centres/partners across London encourage everyone of all ages and backgrounds to get into acting! pic.twitter.com/Bi0rCU6G5J
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) January 30, 2019
- Learn more about the National Theatre at its website here; the theatre’s Facebook page is here; its Instagram page is here; its Twitter feed is here, and its blog may be read here
- Read the National Theatre’s blog post about today’s events by clicking here; a Kensington Palace piece about today’s visit is here
- The Telegraph story by Hannah Furness is here; The Daily Mail coverage is here
- An InStyle piece is here; The Cut’s story is here; Simon Perry’s People article is here; The Fug Girls post is here; a PopSugar story and photo gallery may be seen here