For tonight’s Endeavour Fund Awards Meghan wore Givenchy.
The Duke and Duchess as they arrived at Draper’s Hall in London, this year’s awards venue.
Here is a refresher on the Endeavour Fund and the awards.
“The Endeavour Fund, led by The Duke of Sussex and The Royal Foundation, provides financial backing and guidance to programmes and charities across the UK that support thousands of service personnel and veterans reach their full potential.”
“Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 86 different projects that have directly assisted over 5,000 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Through their own fundraising, these endeavours have collectively raised over £2.5million for other forces charities across the sector.”
Meghan and Harry at a reception before the award ceremony.
Lizzie Robinson of ITV shared a lovely photo and cute quip by Harry.
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) February 7, 2019
Another view of the couple, with thanks to Chris Ship of ITV.
The Duke and Duchess with all the nominees.
Harry and Meghan chaired the judging panel that met at Kensington Palace in late January to determine the category winners. The first category announced this evening was for the Recognizing Achievement Award, given to the “individual who has best utilised their endeavour to promote and catalyse their recovery.” This year’s nominees:
Kevin Carr, who completed the 1000-mile Walk of America Expedition.
Amy Klepacz cycled the Munda Biddi trail, one of the toughest cycles in the world.
Kelly Ganfield was the first visually-impaired athelete to claim a medal at the Invictus Games in Sydney.
And the winner for this category is Kelly Ganfield.
The Celebrating Excellence Award “recognizes the individual who has endeavoured to achieve excellence in their chosen sport or adventure challenge.” This year’s nominees:
Josh Boggi, who was nominated after becoming the world’s first triple amputee PADI Rescue Diver.
Daisy Coleman has been enormously successful in racing; since she was introduced to the sport in 2012, she has won 31 gold, 18 silver and 11 bronze medals.
Nathan Forster was injured in Afghanistan in an IED blast that ended his military career. He was nominated by ‘Flying for Freedom’ after going from having no experience of flying to flying 737s.
A video of Meghan presenting the award.
Meghan to the finalists at the #EndeavourFundAwards: “You don’t have the ripple effect unless each of you is brave enough to create the first wave.”
She presented an award to the winner Nathan Forster, a former Para injured by a bomb in Afghanistan who now flies planes for @TUIUK pic.twitter.com/MEImcxbwdk
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) February 7, 2019
And a photo of the Duchess with Nathan Forster.
ITV’s Lizzie Robinson reported that “Prince Harry gave up his seat in a Spitfire to allow Nathan to fly in the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary flypast. Nathan said he’d had a technical fault with his aircraft and Harry was “adamant” he should take his place.”
Let’s meet the three nominees for the Henry Worsley Award, given to the person who has not only succeeded in the face of adversity, but has also helped others along the way. The Endeavour Fund describes this award as the epitome of what the Endeavour Fund is about. The nominees follow below.
Mark Brightwell helps other vets by leading an alpine expedition. Shaun Pascoe, who had Post Traumatic Stress after numerous tours around the world with the Royal Air Force. And Darren Swift. This award went to Shaun Pascoe. He set up up the Forces’ Sailing Charity
@TurntoStarboard, providing more than 1200 sailing opportunities to service personnel and veterans.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore this evening, Givenchy separates designed by Clare Waight Keller.
Tonight she paired a crisp white shirt with an elegant formal skirt. The shirt has a slightly oversize collar (from what I can see) and concealed buttons on the front placket; Meghan wore the sleeves rolled up. The pencil skirt had an Empire waist and high slit.
The Duchess was in a new pair of shoes, the Aquazzura Rendez Vous style. The mule/slide is black suede and features a point toe, those distinctive metallic straps, and a 4″ heel. We show it at RueLaLa ($599).
Meghan’s pair is the 105mm, with the higher heel. The style is also offered in the 75mm height. Our thanks to Anne on Twitter for her speedy ID.
Meghan carried her Givenchy Black Satin Clutch.
Meghan’s earrings are by Vanessa Tugendhaft, her Clover Pavé Diamond style set in pink gold.
Meghan wore a ring from Ecksand, a brand the Duchess has worn recently.
We’ll leave you with this photo of the Duke and Duchess.
This Royal Family Channel video runs about 3 minutes.
This 4-minute videos offers a terrific look at the Celebrating Excellence nominees.
The Henry Worsley nominees are covered in this 4-minute video.
- 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 Mirror’s story is here;
- Simon Perry’s People article is here; a PopSugar gallery is here