Today Meghan attended her first Remembrance Sunday.
This year’s event is a significant one as it marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.
Ahead of the Two Minute Silence at 11am, members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force on parade at the Cenotaph.
Below on the balcony at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall, London; The Duchess of Cornwall, HM Queen Elizabeth II, The Duchess of Cambridge, Frau Elke Büdenbender, wife of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and The Duchess of Sussex.
A closer look at Meghan with Mrs Steinmeier.
This story in The Express has more:
Between July 28, 1914 and November 11, 1918 over 800,000 UK troops lost their lives with an estimated 20 million soldiers and civilians killed around the world.
Renovations of Big Ben were paused as the clock chimed a 11am to begin two minutes silence for the nation to remember those brave service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Queen watched the service from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”
An overhead view of the Cenotaph ahead of the wreath laying.
The Prince of Wales laid a wreath on behalf of his mother, Her Majesty the Queen.
An officer of the British royal household placed a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh who was not in attendance.
Prince Andrew can be seen below, far left, with The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge as they step forward with their wreaths.
The Chiefs of Staff for the military branches lay wreaths, seen from left to right: Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Philip Jones; Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter; Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier; Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith.
This year Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent attended a Service in the evening at Westminster Abbey to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.
Because of the anniversary there was an additional service this evening at Westminster Abbey. Below, the Duke and Duchess arriving for the Armistice 100 service at the Abbey.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the service.
The Duchess of Cornwall follows Prince Charles into the Abbey as he chats with The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend John Hall.
HM The Queen in a beautiful shade of violet.
Inside Westminster Abbey, The Queen and President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. At the morning service the President laid a wreath at the Cenotaph, marking a historic reconciliation between the two nations.
The two then laid flowers at the Abbey’s Grave of the Unknown Warrior together.
It was another step of reconciliation for the two countries.
The service was led by The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.
During the service, President Steinmeier read 1 John 4: 7-11 in German. Below it, the translation in English.
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said:
As we mark today the centenary of the Armistice that brought to an end the First World War, we remember with sorrow the sacrifice of lives on all sides of the conflict and the suffering of the devastated and bereaved.”
You can read more about the service from Westminster Abbey here.
Today around the world, people pause to remember all those for their service, sacrifice and support.
With this being Meghan’s first Remembrance Sunday in the UK it brings together thoughts about US and UK observances, of Veterans Day here and Remembrance Days in the United Kingdom. While we recognize the day here in the US and honor our veterans with parades and various ceremonies around the country, the UK really does a spectacular show of appreciation on this day.
Below a photo from the Veteran’s Day parade in New York City.
A scene from the service at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
For those who have followed Meghan for some time now, you may remember she joined other celebrities on a 2014 USO Tour.
Below you see Meghan in a photo taken on the 2014 USO Chairman’s Holiday Tour with actress Dianna Agron, (to Meghan’s left) General Martin Dempsey, his wife Deanie, country musician Kellie Pickler, her husband Kyle Jacobs, (L to R in the back row) actor and former US Marine Reservist, Rob Riggle, Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister and former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher with the crew of a C-17 airlifter cargo plane.
The group visited five countries during their tour (Spain, Italy, Turkey, Afghanistan and England) and entertained thousands of service members and their families.
“I have always had such a profound respect for our nation’s troops and military families,” Markle said. “I cannot thank them enough for everything they do for us.”
Here is a video clip from their time on the tour:
We have a very brief look at what Meghan wore for today’s services, starting with this morning’s event. She was in a structured coat coat with shoulder “caps” that extend over the upper arms.
Her coat is by Givenchy, who posted on Instagram the piece was designed by Clare Waight Keller.
Thank you to Alex for letting us know in a comment about the Givenchy post.
Her hat looks like it is black velvet. It was suggested that it could be from milliner Stephen Jones. Meghan also wore a poppy that appears to be made of silk.
For the evening service at Westminster Abbey, Meghan wore a belted navy jacket with double-breasted styling and three-quarter sleeves. The Duchess was in a matching skirt that hit just below the knee.
The pieces are quite similar to the Prada outfit she wore at the Queen’s Young Leaders Reception back in June.
Meghan’s shoes are the Aquazzura ‘Deneuve Pump 105’ in navy suede. We do not have a stock photo of the shoes in navy; our thinking is that these may be a custom pair or a colorway that is not yet available. Below, the style in black.
You can purchase the black suede here.
Her hat is thought to be from Stephen Jones, the milliner’s Beret style.
Meghan wore the style in March at the Commonwealth Service.
We will be updating the post as we receive more information.
On behalf of What Meghan Wore, “The Susans” would like to thank all Veterans today and everyday, around the world for your Service, Sacrifice and Support!