The Duchess wore Gabriela Hearst for tonight’s reception at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand. The event celebrated the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
Hosting tonight’s function, Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy seen above in a green dress; on the far right you see Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Below, the couple chat with Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.
Before the reception the Duke and Duchess met the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Bridges, second left, and his wife Natalie.
Harry and Meghan ahead of the reception below.
More on the history of the women’s vote in New Zealand from the Ministry of Culture:
On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.”
Meghan meets guests at the reception.
There have been a number of events honoring the anniversary. In September the Women’s Suffrage Sunrise Celebration marked the occasion.
At tonight’s event Meghan delivered a brief speech.
Hannah Furness of The Telegraph tweeted some of the points Meghan made in her remarks.
Kensington Royal shared a video of Meghan speaking at Government House.
Now for what Meghan wore to this evening’s reception, starting with her dress by Gabriela Hearst.
It appears to be a custom version of the designer’s ‘Herve’ style, seen in the designer’s 2018 S/S runway collection and shown below.
The below image shows some of the the detail on the waist and bodice of the dress.
The bodice is geometrically cut; the piece has an A-line silhouette with a full skirt, and hidden back zipper. The dress is crafted from a blend of 51% silk and 49% wool that I am guessing feels just glorious on. The spaghetti straps seen on the original have been swapped for off-the-shoulder straps. The Herve is available at Gabriela Hearst ($2495). Our thanks to UFO No More for their ID work on this piece.
If the designer’s name sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the Gabriela Hearst bag Meghan carried when visiting Sussex.
Today Meghan carried her Dior clutch in navy leather — a version of the designer’s ‘Bee’ clutch (shown below, right).
Meghan’s shoes are the Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudisong’ Sandal in black suede, $398. The sandal has a 4″ heel. The shoes are also available at Zappos here.
We saw a new necklace for the Duchess, in a diamond spiral motif. It turns out the piece, the Tattoo Diamond Pendant, was made by artist Jessica McCormack.
The design is inspired by the ancient Māori art form called Ta Moko. Thanks go once again to the über-talented Michelle for her incredible knowledge base and generosity in sharing information.
The Duchess wore her Birks Snowflake Large Round Jacket Earrings ($6900). She first wore the earrings to the Queen’s Christmas luncheon on December 20, 2017 and again on Christmas Day that same year.
That is our overview of Meghan’s reception ensemble. Tomorrow is a busy day.
We’ve had a number of inquiries from WMWers curious about the timing of specific events. That’s not info we are generally privy to so we’re not usually of much help. But we do know the time for at least one of the tour events in New Zealand, the walkabout on the wharf in Auckland.