Meghan wore a metallic floral brocade dress and repeats for today’s 50th Anniversary of the Investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales reception.
Below the Royal Family enters the reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex follow behind The Queen and Prince Charles.
The event marks the fiftieth anniversary of Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales.
The Prince was actually created Prince of Wales in 1958 when he was nine years old with the investiture taking place 11 years later.
The formal investiture was July 1, 1969, at Caernarfon Castle in Wales.
Below, a scenic view of the Castle.
The regalia from that ceremony was on display at today’s reception, as well as other items, like the letters patent for the creation of Charles, Duke of Cornwall as Prince of Wales. There were five pieces of insignia used at the ceremony: the coronet, mantle, gold ring, rod and sword. The mantle and coronet were made specifically for the 1969 ceremony.
His Royal Highness is the 21st to hold the title of The Prince of Wales. For several months leading up to the investiture, the Prince of Wales website reports “…The Prince had spent a term at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, learning to speak Welsh.”
From the BBC:
Much of the ceremony was designed by Lord Snowdon, a photographer and the husband of Princess Margaret. He rejected many of the older ways of staging royal events.
The BBC story also notes:
It was a television event. A world-wide audience of 500 million people (including 19 million in Britain) watched. (There were 4,000 guests in the castle and 90,000 on the streets of Caernarfon.) This was the largest TV audience ever gained for an event in Wales, so for many people it would be all they knew about the country.
Today’s function is not the formal event celebrating the investiture; we expect we’ll see that closer to, or on the actual anniversary in July.
In 2017 HRH became the longest serving Prince of Wales in British history. In terms of the duties associated with the title, the “main part of The Prince of Wales’s role as Heir to The Throne is to support Her Majesty The Queen.”
This video (it runs about 9 minutes) shows the ceremony.
Representatives of The Prince of Wales’s Welsh charities and patronages were in attendance for the reception. Below The Duke and Duchess meet Simon Weston, a Falklands veteran and Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns (R).
The Welsh band, The Stereophonics were also in attendance.
The band received grants from The Prince’s Trust when they were first starting out.
From the Telegraph, Kelly Jones, the singer and lead guitarist, said:
“We applied for a couple of grants from the Prince’s Trust. We needed some money for some speakers. Prince Charles came down to Pontypridd, and we met him. We had some funding from them. It was lovely to meet him, and nice to get some speakers.
“It was the first time we could afford to buy some speakers. My dad was a singer, so I stole a lot of his equipment. I think they gave us one grant for 500 quid and one for 800 quid. At that time it was a lot of money for us.
“Unfortunately the speakers got stolen by a bunch of builders a few months later, so we had to get some new ones. But yes, it was a very helpful start.
Below a video of Royal Family members meeting guests – from The Royal Family Channel, YouTube:
Hiut Denim Co. was also at the event today:
As we entered Buckingham Palace this morning, we were told The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex wanted to meet us. Eek. And breathe. We talked about how to lessen the impact of denim on the planet.
— Hiut Denim Co (@hiutdenim) March 5, 2019
Also speaking today, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Here we see Archbishop of Canterbury with the Queen at today’s reception.
You can read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech for HRH The Prince of Wales’s 50th anniversary here.
Now a look at what Meghan wore for today’s reception. Her dress is new and is a metallic floral brocade we have not yet identified.
She also wore her Amanda Wakeley cream sculpted ‘Crombie’ coat ($1190).
Another view of Meghan in the coat today.
Meghan carried her Wilbur & Gussie ‘Charlie’ build-a-bag clutch in Oyster, £205 ($270).
Meghan also wore her Birks, Plaisirs de Birks gold bar earrings, $375.
Another repeat item Meghan wore was the Paul Andrew ‘Pump It Up’ suede pumps first worn while visiting Dublin in July 2018.
We will continue to update the post throughout the day.
Our WMW fashion recap montage from our Instagram account @whatmeghanwore:
You can read more about today’s event and what the Duchess of Cambridge wore over on our sister-site What Kate Wore.
We leave you with this video clip from The Royal Family Channel today:
- Learn more about the Prince of Wales on his official biography page here; read about his charities here
- Read more about the Investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales at the The Royal Collection Trust website.
- Learn more about Caernarfon Castle at the official website here
- The BBC site has a terrific backgrounder on the event you can read here
- You can read the Telegraph’s piece here.