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.
Before the reception the Duke and Duchess met the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Bridges, second left, and his wife Natalie.
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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.
There have been a number of events honoring the anniversary. In September the Women’s Suffrage Sunrise Celebration marked the occasion.
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At tonight’s event Meghan delivered a brief speech.
Hannah Furness of The Telegraph tweeted some of the points Meghan made in her remarks.
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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 Herve style, seen in the designer’s 2018 S/S runway collection and shown below.
I digitally lightened this photo to better show the details on the bodice and waist.
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 what we think is her Dior Bee clutch in navy leather. Meghan’s bag does not have the bee on the flap for which the pouch is named. (The image below shows the bag being carried on another occasion, not tonight.)
UPDATE 1/16/19: Meghan’s shoes look like the Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudisong’ Sandal in black suede, $398. The sandal’s has a 4″ heel verses the Nudist style which has a 4.5″ heel which is much higher than Meghan has worn.
Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist,‘ but her heel didn’t look quite as tall as the 4″ seen on the Nudist. At this point we’re pondering and hoping for better photos.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.
It also looked like the Duchess wore earrings from the Birks Snowflake collection, the Small Round Jacket Earrings ($2995).
That is our overview of Meghan’s reception ensemble. We’ll try to get a better answer on her heels. Tomorrow is a busy day.
We’ve had a number of inquiries from WKWers 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.
We’ll leave you with this clip of Meghan speaking. I *think* it includes her remarks in their entirety.
“Bravo New Zealand for championing the right of women to vote 125 years ago.” — The Duchess of Sussex, as she and The Duke joined PM @JacindaArdern and @GovGeneralNZ Dame Patsy Reddy to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/zpFhyPiE8r
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 28, 2018