Meghan wore a mix of brands for today’s engagements in Dubbo, day two of the Duke and Duchess’s 16-day tour.
Dubbo is 300 kilometers northwest of Sydney, in a part of the country that has been particularly hard hit by a drought.
More from ABC Australia’s coverage:
Excited school children, jumping up and down and waving Australian flags, greeted the pair on the tarmac of Dubbo airport.
Prince Harry met a young man fascinated by his beard, 5-year-old Luke Vincent from Buninyong Public School.
Luke had a hug for Meghan.
My guess is that it will become one of the sweetest memories of the tour.
The first formal engagement was a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The Duke and Duchess learned more about the life-saving services the RFDS provides for people living in Australia’s rural and regional areas.
Harry and Meghan dedicated a new Beechcraft King Air B350 propeller plane bought from Wichita in the US to the Dubbo & Region Supporters Group.
The group raised the money for the local emergency retrieval transport to mark the 90th year of the RFDS, which was given its royal charter by the Queen in 1955.
The RFDS posted several photos from the event on Instagram.
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We were very proud to host the Royal couple at our Dubbo Base this morning. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed the name of our new aircraft, the ‘Dubbo and Region Volunteers’; met with supporters, staff and families; and cut a cake to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Here are some photos from the exciting event. ?Penny Bradfield/Auspic/DPS #harryandmeghan #royalvisitaustralia #rfds
While at the airport Meghan posed for a selfie with Nerrie Madden, Lilly Myles, and Terri Lee Leach.
Australia’s News.com reports, “Nerrie said that Meghan happily agreed to a photo and up close was “beautiful, just as natural as you’d expect”.
The next stop was the Mountain View farm, where Harry and Meghan learned more about the devastating drought in the region.
A quick video from Rebecca English.
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The farm is owned by the Woodley family, who have farmed in this location for five generations.
When it was feeding time the Duke and Duchess helped out.
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) October 17, 2018
While at the farm Meghan was asked how she was feeling. More from The Telegraph’s story, quoting Emily Carroll, a family member at the farm:
The Duchess, who is expecting her first baby in the spring, said she had been feeling “a bit tired”, but was still planning to go ahead with all 76 engagements of the 16 day tour.
“Meghan told me that she’s feeling pretty good so far, which is great, and that she’s running on adrenaline.
“She said they’re doing 76 engagements in 16 days, with maybe one rest in the middle.
“She’s made for this royal business, isn’t she?” She added: “They’re both great with kids.”
An interesting part of the day’s farm visit was learning that Meghan baked banana bread last night. She was told that part of the engagement would include tea with the family, so she baked banana bread and brought it to the farm. Rebecca English has more in this story:
The Duchess of Sussex whipped up a loaf of banana bread to take with her on a visit to a farm to highlight the plight of farmers hit by drought.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, cooked the delicious treat in the kitchen at Admiralty House, the mansion home of the Governor-General of Australia, on Tuesday night following her first full day of engagements in Sydney.
A look at the loaf Meghan made.
From The Mirror’s story:
Benita Woodley, 20, one of the fifth generation of the family on the farm, said: “She said if you go to someone’s house you always bring something, so she did.
The Duchess also brought along a classic British gift. Back to Rebecca’s story:
The duchess also took along the perfect accompaniment – a tin of Fortnum and Mason ‘Royal Blend’ tea.
The couple as they were about to leave.
The big community-wide event today was Dubbo’s Picnic in the Park, drawing a very large crowd. Emily Nash of Hello! tweeted that “Dubbo is ready for the royal visit! An estimated 15,000 people have turned up to a community picnic and bbq in the town’s Victoria Park.” pic.twitter.com/C8s9VjForb
— Emily Nash (@emynash) October 17, 2018
Unfortunately, there was a storm complete with wind, rain, and hail. The Telegraph’s Hannah Furness tweeted that “Extraordinary weather in drought-hit Dubbo, where there hasn’t been any rain for three weeks and very little for seven months. They brought the British weather with them.”
Meghan held an umbrella so Harry could deliver his speech at the picnic.
The Sydney Morning Herald has more on the Duke’s remarks in this report:
…with Meghan smiling and holding the umbrella, Prince Harry delivered a powerful speech in which he personally identified with the mental challenges faced by farmers and their families.
To wild cheers from the crowd Prince Harry said: “The best part about visiting country Australia is the people.”
Over louder roars, he said: “You are the salt of the earth. Honest, hardworking and as tough as they come and that resilience, sense of humour and commitment to the land are the qualities that make you unique. You are the backbone of this country.”
Photographer Chris Jackson shared the couple’s reaction to the downpour.
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Today’s final engagement was a visit to the Dubbo South Clontarf Academy at Dubbo College. The school’s focus is on improving educational opportunities and outcomes for young women with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders backgrounds.
Emily Andrews reports the school visit is considered Meghan’s first solo engagement because Harry and Meghan separated after arriving and did different things at the school. UPDATE: Joan points out in a comment Meghan has already done a solo engagement (opening the Oceania exhibit in September), so perhaps they’re referencing her first solo engagement on the tour….?
Now for our look at what Meghan wore in Dubbo, starting with her jacket from Serena, the label her friend Serena Williams created. The Duchess wore the Oversized “Boss” Blazer, done in a poly/rayon/Spandex blend with notched lapels and patch pockets ($145).
Meghan’s shirt is by Kitsuné. It looks like the Maison Kitsuné Oxford Fox Embroidery Classic Shirt.Crafted of 100% cotton shirting with an exaggerated shirttail hem, the piece hits at the low hip. Thank you to Michelle at Perths Fashion for the ID on this piece.
The Duchess wore denim by an Australian company called Outland Denim. Our thanks to Sylvia Jeffries of 9News Australia for filling us in on the company’s background.More from a recent story by The Kit:
….each pair, says company partner Lauren Purkis, is hand-crafted in Cambodia by a woman diverted from the sex trade.
Designated a Certified B Corporation company, which ensures certain standards of social and environmental performance, Outland Denim employs at-risk women, giving them an education, transferable skills and paying them a living wage, Purkis says. “To us, sustainability means you can bring premium European denim to the market and no person or the planet is exploited in the process.”
Outland says Meghan was wearing the Harriet style, made of organic cotton with a touch of polyester and Elastane. It is a classic five pocket design with a high-rise cut and skinny silhouette; we show it at Australian/New Zealand retailer The Iconic ($199.90 AUD, about $145 USD at today’s exchange rate).
Outland shared its reaction to Meghan wearing their jeans in an Instagram post.
Originally many of us thought Meghan was wearing the Isabel, but since that is not the case they do make a great “Match Meg’s Style,” with a five-pocket design, mid-rise waist and skinny silhouette. In addition to being available at Outland ($195), the Isabel is also offered at The Iconic.
The Duchess was in boots from a favorite retailer, J Crew.The Sadie Ankle Boots boots are suede with a rounded toe and 2.5″ heel ($178). They are still available in most sizes as of this writing, but appear to be selling at a quick rate.
We saw the return of Meghan’s Cauri N°2 Necklace ($475) by Bijoux Pascale Monvoisin, first noted at a September Coach Core event. The other necklace is by Natalie Marie Jewelry, an Australian brand Meghan has worn previously. It looked like the Precious Initial Necklace, a classic initial style with a raised border ($500 AUD, roughly $360 USD.)
Meghan was wearing her Adina Reyter earrings, shown below at another engagement.
The majority of Meghan’s ensemble today came from small, independent brands founded and owned by women and/or with a strong social consciousness.
- Serena: founded by Serena Williams, part of the company’s credo is “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.”
- Outland Denim: based in southeast Queensland, Australia, the brand was started by James & Erica Bartle. Its products are made in Cambodia by women the company trains and employs after they have been rescued from human trafficking and other exploitative situations
- Pascale Monvoisin: based in France, the company’s founder still selects every stone by hand that is used for her jewelry
- Natalie Marie Jewelry: its founder is originally from the UK and the company is based in Sydney
- Kitsuné: often described as offering “French preppy style,” the company’s co-founders, Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, also produce records
J Crew is really the only company that doesn’t fit the profile of the other brands worn by the Duchess today.
Our graphic representation of what Meghan wore today.
One other note: we have an update on the Brandon Maxwell dress worn by the Duchess yesterday.
The piece is now available for pre-ordering.
It is exclusive to Moda Operandi ($1895), where it is described as: “Cinched at the waist, it’s detailed with flattering pleating and a cape-effect back. The Duchess of Sussex wore this exclusive design with nude pumps to complete a regal look.” We will be back shortly to update with more photos, links and information.
Photographer Tim Rooke shared some wonderful images on Twitter.
— Rookie (@royalfocus1) October 17, 2018
Here’s our look ahead to the schedule for tomorrow.
- The Telegraph’s coverage is here; The Mirror’s piece is here; The Guardian’s airport events story is here and its coverage of the farm visit and picnic is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s piece is here; ITV‘s story is here
- The Sydney Morning Herald’s story is here; a News.com Australia photo-laden story is here
- The Fug Girls post is here; People‘s article is here; a People piece on Meghan and Serena Williams is here
- A Sydney Morning Herald gallery with 45 photos of the tour thus far is here; PopSugar’s story on the picnic and Harry’s speech is here
This video runs 3:45 and has Prince Harry’s speech at the park.
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Coverage of the arrival and Royal Flying Doctor events are included in this 3-minute video.
This gives you about 4 minutes coverage of the airport events.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have unveiled a new aircraft with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Dubbo. ✈️ #TMS7 pic.twitter.com/dhNneXmAYX
— The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) October 17, 2018
7News has roughly 7 minutes covering the farm visit in this video.