For tonight’s Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall Meghan wore an Erdem dress.
This was the Duchess’s second year attending the event, an important date on the royal calendar.
More about the event via the Royal Albert Hall website:
The Festival of Remembrance, held in honour of those who have given their lives in the service of their country, has been marked at the Royal Albert Hall annually since 1923.
It was not until 1971 that the British Legion were permitted to use the prefix ‘royal’, following a Royal Charter bestowed to the organisation on 29 May 1971. The festival was promptly renamed Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which it has proudly held every year since.
Although the festival was originally only intended to honour those who died in the First World War, it now includes tributes to the war dead from more recent conflicts.
This year marks 75 years since 1944, a pivotal year in the Allied fight for freedom in the Second World War.
The event included unique tributes to mark the 75th anniversary of the battles of Monte Cassino, Kohima, Imphal and D-Day and included a parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944.
This evening also included performances by singer Louise Dearman, singer/songwriter, James Blunt, singer Leona Lewis, British TV actor, Lee Mead and actor/musician, Jeff Goldblum with his band.
Members of the Royal family arrived at Royal Albert Hall. Below The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex – Sophie and Edward arrive.
The Duchess of Cornwall looked to be feeling much better this evening as she and Prince Charles arrived for this evening’s program.
Finally, HM the Queen wearing a beautiful array of red poppies from The Poppy Factory.
Below, the Royal Box as the Queen arrives with other members of the Royal family to take their seats.
The program opened with British actress, singer and author, Louise Dearman singing ‘The Impossible Dream’ with the Tri-Service Band backing her up.
An overview look of the hall while Ms. Dearman performs.
BBC News anchor, Huw Edwards hosted tonight’s program and welcomed all those present and watching at home.
Huw Edwards’ opening remarks —
“At this year’s Festival, we’ll be pay tribute tonight to the WW2 generation… and we’ll be marking some of the notable campaigns of 1944, which changed the course of the war.”
The Torch of Remembrance is carried in by 3rd Officer Sarah Stevens.
Next, Captain Rob Anders, Commanding Officer of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay reads the citation —
“We honour the #Commonwealth nations and our allies who joined Britain in defending its freedoms, values and way of life.”
The Band of Her Majesty Royal Marines performed Norwegian Pirate.
Colin Thackery and the choir than sang The Old Brigade for the entrance of the Chelsea Pensioners.
The Chelsea Pensioners make their entrance.
More from Huw Edwards —
“It’s been three-quarters of a century since 1944 – the pivotal year in the allied effort of WW2.”
Monte Cassino veterans James Knox and Otton Hulacki shared their experiences and recollections of the Italian campaign —
“Churchill made the mistake of calling it the soft belly of Europe.”
Actor Daniel Mays reads the Red Poppies at Monte Cassino poem as a newsreel of the battle plays.
D-Day veteran Eddie Gains spoke about landing on the beaches of Normandy.
“When you think about all the lives lost, it’s very important to remember… I’m lucky to have survived”
British actor, Cel Spellman read the testimony of Kenneth Oakley as images of the D-Day beaches are projected on to the floor and monitors of Royal Albert Hall.
Veteran survivors representing the battles and campaigns fought during 1944 were joined on the floor by currently serving personnel. It was a very emotional moment.
Jeff Goldblum performed with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra performed ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ with dancers.
Another view of Jeff with the dancers.
The Royal family applauds Mr. Goldblum’s amazing performance.
Singer/Songwriter James Blunt performed and sang Monsters.
Singer Leonia Lewis sang ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ as the Commonwealth flags entered.
Lee Mead performed ‘Morning has Broken’.
“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.”
The evening ends with a flutter of falling poppy petals as a bugler plays the Last Post.
— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) November 9, 2019
The National Anthem is sung and then active military personnel giving three cheers for the Queen.
— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) November 9, 2019
Now for our look at what Meghan wore this evening, as trivial as it seems in comparison to the night’s events.
Meghan wore a bespoke Erdem dress. After a bit of confusion, brand confirmed on our Instagram. Below is a 2-piece jacket and trousers from Erdem’s Autumn Winter 2019 Collection in the same fabric.
A closer look at Meghan in the dress and the Erdem jacquard fabric.
Meghan also wore her Aquazzura Devenue Bow Pumps, $632.
Their has been much discussion about which color the Duchess wore this evening as she owns the shoe in both black and ink suede. Due to the flash lighting In some images the shoes do appear to be a dark navy. In other images they appear more black. We’re thinking they are the black pair that match the dress.
We should note that The Duchess of Cornwall wore navy suede shoes with her black dress this evening. There has been much discussion around Kate’s dress color as well. Kate’s dress may be midnight blue worn with black shoes. You can see in the photo I’ve adjusted below to show the dress color – Kate is on the right.
Meghan carried a new clutch this evening that we have not yet identified.
We’ll update the post once we find out the ID of the bag.
Finally, Meghan wore a poppy pin tonight from The Poppy Factory.
For those interested, Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore a Gabriela Hearst Isa Shearling Jacket. LK Bennett Harley Pumps in Black Suede and carried a Sophie Habsburg Lunatic Clutch in Black Caviar. We’re not sure about the details of her dress.
For details on Kate’s outfit, please visit our sister site, What Kate Wore.
We will see you for the Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph. Here is the timing information for those events.
Timings for Remembrance Sunday events:
- 09:00: Royal British Legion (RBL) detachments form up on Horse Guards Parade and in Whitehall
- 10:00: All detachments march out from Wellington Barracks
- 11:00: Two minutes silence marked by the firing of guns from Kings Troop, on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service commences
- 11:25: Cenotaph Service concludes and RBL detachments disperse past the Cenotaph