The Queen’s actual birthday is today, April 21st. The ceremonial celebration is, of course, the Queen’s Birthday Parade in June, also known as Trooping the Colour.
But this year was different because of the recently-concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, with representatives in London from 53 Commonwealth countries. It was decided to honor the occasion with a special concert. The royal family turned out en force.
It was a full royal box for the celebration at Royal Albert Hall.
The Queen is 92 this year.
Harry and Meghan just before the show got underway.
The concert included performances by Kylie Minogue, Alfie Boe, Shaggy, and many other entertainers.
Sting also performed.
As did Tom Jones.
Meghan and Harry enjoying the concert.
The Prince delivered remarks, and officially launched the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. The Trust is a new entity created to “…champion, fund and connect young leaders who are working hard to change the world.”
Harry is President of the Trust; proceeds from tonight’s concert benefit the organization. From his remarks:
As we celebrate your 92nd birthday this evening and in recognition of your incredible life of service, I am delighted to say that the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has now been launched to support young leaders around the Commonwealth.’
‘This organisation, in your name, will provide a platform for those working to make a difference in their communities across 53 countries. Happy Birthday Your Majesty.’
Here is a video of Harry’s remarks.
— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) April 21, 2018
Meghan wore Stella McCartney this evening.
She was in the designer’s ‘Stella Cape Dress.” The piece hits below the knee, has a round neck and raglan-style zipper at the left shoulder/collarbone. The fabric appears to be a knit, although we don’t have any information on the content of the material. Our thanks to Laura (aka Japanese_Ginger) for her terrific ID work on the piece.
We saw a new handbag tonight, the Zodiac bag by Naeem Khan.
The name comes from the constellation symbols on the outside of each bag in the collection. Meghan’s version shows Leo (her birthday is August 4th), all twelve zodiac signs are available in a variety of colors.
The exterior is plated brass with a mirrored and suede-lined interior. The bags retail at $1490 at Naeem Khan.
Thanks for the handbag ID go to another Laura (aka Solid Moonlight) for locating the bag.
Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik heels, the BB Pumps in navy suede.
The shoes, named after French film star Brigette Bardot, feature a point toe and 4″ stiletto heel. They are available in mix of sizes at Barneys, in most sizes at Manolo Blahnik, and in limited sizing at Neiman Marcus, they are $625 at all retailers.
UPDATE APR 22: We have confirmation from the company that Meghan was indeed wearing jewellery by designer Shaun Leane.
She is wearing the designer’s Silver and Gold Vermeil Talon Earrings, $315 US.
Meghan is also wearing Shaun Leane bracelets. One bracelet is the Silver and Yellow Gold Diamond Signature Cuff Medium, $1,395 US, the other is the designer’s Serpents Trace bracelet, not yet launched. The designer tells us the launch date for this piece is set for May 2018 with a price of £550, about $768 US at today’s exchange rate. We will provide an update once we are told when the piece is available for purchase in the store.
We are told that Meghan owns several other pieces by the designer and they are hoping to see her wear the jewellery again.
The brand makes sense for Meghan; among other things, Mr. Leane had a longstanding relationship with the late Lee McQueen, collaborating on extraordinary pieces for Alexander McQueen runway shows, and we know Meghan’s appreciation for the McQueen design aesthetic.
Our thanks to Nicole and Jessica on the FB page for their input on the earrings, as well as Laura on Twitter for suggesting the hook style.
Meghan’s hair was up.
Another look at HM on stage following tonight’s concert.
We send Happy Birthday wishes as well.
We’ll leave you with the Irish Guard playing Happy Birthday this morning.
This morning The Band of the Irish Guards @IrishGuardsBand played Happy Birthday during changing of the Guard for The Queen’s 92nd Birthday. @ArmyInLondon #HappyBirthdayHerMajesty #QueensBirthday pic.twitter.com/kQmogKs2nP
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2018
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- Learn more about the newly created Queen’s Commonwealth Trust at the organization’s website here; the group’s Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here