We are delighted to be back with a post on the Duke and Duchess’s visit to Canada House in London today.
Emily Nash of Hello tweeted a video of the couple arriving.
WATCH: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back! They’re meeting Janice Charette, High Commissioner, and staff at Canada House to thank them for Canada’s warm hospitality and support during their break. They’re also visiting an exhibition by the indigenous artist @skawennati 🇨🇦🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/FyGbAWw8wp
— Emily Nash (@emynash) January 7, 2020
Meghan and Harry wanted to say a formal ‘thank you’ for the “warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.”
On the way into Canada House the couple met some of the employees who were standing outside. Harry asked them if they’d all had good holidays.
“He said it was raining a lot of the time in Vancouver,” says Jamie Weare, from Ontario — but one of her colleagues pointed out Harry laughed so he may have been joking. “Meghan said it was beautiful,” Weare adds. “They seemed really relaxed and happy.”
Here is a video from CBC correspondent Renée Filippone as everyone heads upstairs to the Columbia Room. (They stayed in British Columbia.)
— Renée Filippone (@rfilippone) January 7, 2020
The couple in the British Columbia room.
From The Telegraph’s coverage:
“I want to say Happy New Year and thank you, and as my husband said, my goodness it was just such an incredible time we were able to have there and with our son too.
“And just to be able to take in the warmth that we experienced from the people but also just to walk around and just see the beauty of Canada.
“To see Archie go ‘ahhh’ when you walk by and just see how stunning it is… so it meant a lot to us.”
Meghan and Harry were treated to a Canadian dessert, Nanaimo Bars, an unbaked multi-layer bar named after Nanaimo, British Columbia. Here’s a look at the sweet treat in a photo from ITV’s Chris Ship. (See links in our ‘Linkage’ section on how to make these delicious treats!)
(Sidebar: Susan Kelley has two different recipes for Nanaimo Bars in her recipe book.)
The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English shared a video of the couple chatting.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 7, 2020
Following tea, Harry and Meghan walked to the building’s Canada Gallery to view a special exhibition by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati—the first to be featured at Canada House. Skawennati’s collection of art addresses the country’s history, future and change from her own perspective—as an urban Mohawk woman and cyberpunk digital avatar.
This view offers a look at one of the artist’s larger pieces.
Richard Palmer of The Express tweeted a video.
Harry and Meghan look at the exhibition in the Canada Gallery pic.twitter.com/cmuIJk0M6I
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 7, 2020
A group photo with High Commissioner Janice Charette on Meghan’s right and Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Fountain Smith on Harry’s left (navy suit).
More from a Danielle Stacey Hello! story:
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess posed for a group photo with staff at Canada House. Harry asked diplomats assembled on the central staircase: “Anyone here from British Columbia?”
When several shouted yes and put up their hands, he told them: “What a wonderful place you live in. Thank you so much for having us – not that any of you had anything much to do with it,” he said to laughter.
He added: “But the warmth and hospitality that we were shown while there was unbelievable, and that’s exactly why we chose to go out there. So thank you.”
The Duke and Duchess as they were leaving Canada House.
This is the couple’s second visit to Canada House; they previously visited on Commonwealth Day in March 2019.
As many of you already know, the Sussexes spent part of their six-week break from royal duties in Victoria, British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast.
Victoria is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest and capital of British Columbia.
While in Victoria, the couple was seen hiking and dining out, but fortunately (and miraculously, in this day and age!), they were left to relax and enjoy themselves, with no photos emerging from their private time away. The one photo we did see was taken by Meghan and shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram page, a lovely picture of Prince Harry with Archie.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore for the couple’s first engagement of 2020, a Reiss coat atop separates.
The Duchess was in the British brand’s ‘Sabel’ Wool-Blend Overcoat ($350), a tailored style with a slim fit in a mix of 84% wool/16% nylon. The double-breasted silhouette also features lightly padded shoulders, notch lapels, two flap pockets, a breast pocket, and back vent.
The piece is available in black at Selfridges for just $205.
Meghan’s turtleneck looks like the Massimo Dutti ‘Plain Silk-Wool Sweater‘ in the ‘toffee’ colorway ($69.90).
The piece is 55% mulberry silk/45% wool with a straight fit and ribbed trim at the neck and cuffs. (Mulberry silk is considered a very fine fiber because the silkworms are fed only Mulberry leaves.) Many thanks to Danielle
Meghan’s skirt looks like it is also a Massimo Dutti piece, the Satin Midi Skirt in brown ($130).
It is 100% viscose with an A-line silhouette and side zipper; it looks like it has been cut on the bias, providing the soft drape and movement you see in the videos below. Thank you to Mail Online Fashion Editor Caroline Parr for this ID.
If curious about the brand, here is more from a May 2019 Daily Telegraph story about the label titled: “Zara’s sophisticated older sister: why you should be shopping at Massimo Dutti this Spring.” (The label is owned by the same company that owns Zara.)
But for the woman who likes minimal classics with an expensive twist that she can turn to for years, Dutti should be your go-to.
Its most popular department (and the first you should head for) is tailoring, so it comes as no surprise that for its first 10 years it was a menswear-only label, with womenswear being introduced in 1995.
Below, a December 2019 Massimo Dutti editorial piece.
And from our friends at Who What Wear in a November 2019 story:
“Massimo Dutti is a Spanish brand that offers the same sort of chic and polished pieces Zara does. While their price point is ever so slightly higher than Zara’s, there is a feeling of increased quality (that’s worth the extra bucks!).
It looks like the Duchess brought back her Romy Pumps by Jimmy Choo in the velvet ‘oxid’ colorway. We first saw the Duchess wear these for the March 2018 visit to Northern Ireland.
The Romy is a basic style for the brand, available in a broad mix of colors and materials in heel heights ranging from 2.4″ to 4″.
Meghan wore new earrings today, the Catherine Zoraida Swallow Stud Earrings (£120/$158) in gold-plated sterling silver.
The design is part of a collaboration Catherine Zoraida has done with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds); 10% of proceeds from sales go to the charity.
The Duchess appeared to be wearing her Kismet Circle Dangles bracelet ($540) by jeweler Milka.
She also wore her Kismet by Milka ‘Hamsa’ ring in gold, $300.
We’ll leave you with this image of a radiant Meghan.
A couple of other quick updates you may have missed over the holidays and new year from Meghan and Harry:
- The Duke & Duchess posted a year-end video on Instagram covering accomplishments and high points of 2019, a very busy year.
View this post on Instagram
“Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support! We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Special thanks to Chris Martin and @Coldplay for allowing us to use one of their songs Photo and video © SussexRoyal Thanks to PA for additional images and footage
- The Duke and Duchess announced on Instagram that in 2020 they will continue “highlighting accounts that inspire, and that remind us of all the good that is happening in the world,” but they will switch to showcasing just one Instagram account per month. In January, that account is Good News Movement, a page run by journalists that “celebrates acts of kindness and good news in our global community.”
- The couple’s most recent post was on the ghastly fires in Australia, with links to donate to several different organizations. We have posted those links below in our ‘Linkage’ section.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We are excited to announce that the next time you visit the site, we hope to debut our updated look for What Meghan Wore, with some new site features we think you will enjoy!
Canada’s High Commission put together 50-seconds of video with music.
This piece from Global News (a Candian outlet) offers almost six minutes of raw video from today’s visit.
This Royal Family Channel video is roughly 3:20.
CTV’s story includes an interview with Janice Charette.
This CBC News story runs a bit more than 5 minutes.
This Daily Mail video is about 1:15 of the couple as they were leaving Canada House.
- The fundraising links Australian the Sussex Royal Instagram account linked to are: the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund; the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (for the NSW RFS page with a donation link, click here); the Country Fire Authority
- For an excellent backgrounder on Canada House and Canada Gallery, click here for a piece by Patricia Treble in Maclean’s.
- Learn more about Skawanetti at the artist’s website here; her Instagram page is here; view her online gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event, CyberPowWow here; her Vimeo channel is here; the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace site is here; the news release about the Canada Gallery exhibit is here
- For recipes on how to make Nanaimo Bars click here or here.
- The Mirror’s piece is here; ITV’s story is here, including Chris Ship’s video piece; The Daily Mail’s article by Rebecca English is here; The Telegraph’s story is here; The Standard’s coverage is here
- Simon Perry’s People story about today’s engagement is here; Caroline Halleman’s Town & Country article is here; Danielle Stacey’s coverage for Hello! is here; Omid Scobie’s piece for Harper’s Bazaar is here; a PopSugar gallery is here