The Duchess was in another beautiful shade of blue today, wearing a shirt-dress by Veronica Beard.
Following their morning engagements and a change of clothes, Meghan and Harry traveled to Tupou College. It is the oldest secondary school in the Pacific, founded in 1866 by a British missionary. Below, Meghan and Harry shortly after arriving at the school in a photo Emily Andrews shared.
ITV’s Rupert Evelyn tweeted a video of two little girls bringing Meghan flowers.
— Rupert Evelyn (@rupertevelyn) October 26, 2018
“Today Tonga becomes a full member of the QCC Intitaive which signifies the importance of HM long reign. A fountain of peace and prosperity for the people of Tonga for future generations.”
The couple unveiled two plaques and inspected the koki, a the red-breasted parrot, from the forest who was sitting in a cage.
A video as the couple walks to the plaques.
Unveiling two @QueensCanopy plaques: one for Toloa Forest Reserve (Tupau College) and Eua National Park Forest Reserve (which is on another island). They also stopped to look at a parrot that will be released here later today? pic.twitter.com/Cfd8rdeWxH
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 26, 2018
Meghan and Harry take a look at the koki, a rare local parrot.
Planting trees and conserving forests helps us in so many ways — it is a simple but effective way to restore and repair our environment.” — The Duke of Sussex, as he and The Duchess unveiled @QueensCanopy sites at Tongatapu and ‘Eua National Park Reserve. #RoyalVisitTonga pic.twitter.com/iCBWyMSqd3
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 26, 2018
After the ceremony the Duke went to the forest, while Meghan stayed at the school for “a special musical surpise.” More from News.com Australia’s story:
THE DUCHESS of Sussex couldn’t hide her good-humoured laughter as she was serenaded with a song about mosquitoes by a group of Tongan boys.
During a visit to Tupou College with Prince Harry earlier today, the students serenaded the royal pair with a colourful comedy show, featuring buzzing noises and flying actions to replicate the sounds and sights of the forest.
Omid Scobie shared a video of the song.
While Harry tours the Forest, the boys of Tonga College sing a song about… mosquitos. Duchess Meghan smiling and clapping.
Lord Tongi (chair of Tupou College) introduced the song and said that, despite popular belief, the mosquitos here are harmless. pic.twitter.com/dy7bCS0hJS
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 26, 2018
The Duchess clearly loved the performance, and was in a fit of laughter as the boys performed the comedy routine.”
One of the biggest treats of the day: the Tupou College choir.
WATCH: The singing of the Tupou College choir was PHENOMENAL. Just the best! We LOVED it! So did Harry & Meghan. ?? pic.twitter.com/9mMmD35jbV
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 26, 2018
And just a little more singing, this video is courtesy of Chris Ship, ITV.
They’d been practising these songs for 3 hours a day for the last six weeks. This is the moment when the pupils at Tupou College sang Swing Low, Sweet Chariot to Harry ? when he returned from the @QueensCanopy speech… Stunning#royalvisittonga ?? pic.twitter.com/ZHbiPytc0U
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) October 26, 2018
The royals then wrapped up their visit; Hannah Furness has more in The Daily Telegraph:
Before they left, the Duke and Duchess were driven to the Royal Palace for an audience with King Tupou VI and his wife Queen Nanasipau’u.
The couple entered the wooden, whitewashed palace and spent around 15 minutes inside with the royals.
The duke and duchess signed a visitor’s book before they left and then posed outside with the king and queen for photos. They also shook hands with the Tongan ruler and his wife, with the Duchess noticeably curtsying to the Queen.
Harry and Meghan then traveled to the airport.
Now for a look at what Meghan wore, starting with her vibrant blue Veronica Beard dress ($595). It has a classic shirt dress profile: a loose fit, button front, self-belt/tie, and front patch pockets. Done in 100% polyester, the piece is updated by the midi length and deep side slits.
Meghan’s shoes remain unidentified. It looks like Meghan’s shoes are by Banana Republic. The style is called the Madison 12-Hour Side Cut-Out Pump; now on sale for $64.97. Because all sale is currently discounted 50% at BR, the shoes would be about $32.50. Now did Meghan really pay $32? We’ve no way of knowing. She may well have had the shoes since they were introduced at $128. Or, she could have purchased them at a time when they were discounted; BR is doing a lot of promotional pricing. The Madison is described as “being designed for comfort,” which certainly makes sense for someone in Meghan’s situation. The point toe style has suede uppers and a 3.3″ heel (85mm). There is a good size selection as of this writing (2:10am), and the shoe also comes in black suede. A Tip of the Tiara to Mad About Meghan reader Kelly, who got in touch with Charlotte to let her know she thought this was the shoe!
Meghan did not carry a bag, but she did have on a new (again, new to us, perhaps not brand new in Meghan’s closet or jewelry box) necklace with three pendants. UPDATED Nov 5: Pippa Small confirms the Duchess was wearing the Aquamarine Colette Necklace ($1680).
We saw the return of the Adina Reyter Three Amigo earrings.
The Duke, Duchess, royal entourage and media are now on a flight back to Sydney.
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They will attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards, described as “an annual gathering of of Australia’s best in exploration, science and conservation .” Meghan and Harry will present youth awards and the Duke will also give an address. You can read about the awards and see some of the the winners by clicking here.
We will see you shortly!
- If you missed today’s earlier post, click here to read it
- UPDATE: Meghan’s white THEIACOUTURE gown is now available for pre-ordering ($995).