The Duchess of Sussex wore Givenchy for today’s engagements with the Queen in Cheshire.
These were Meghan’s first engagements without Prince Harry. She traveled with the Queen on the royal train overnight; the duo arrived at Runcorn Station around 10:30 am. This is from Simon Perry’s People story:
As the pair disembarked from the train, they were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, who told Meghan: “I understand it is your first trip to the north of England.” She replied: “That’s correct. I’m very happy to be here.”
More from The Sun’s coverage:
They were met with wild cheering and applause from hundreds of flag-waving schoolchildren – with Meghan taking to her new role effortlessly.
HM and Meghan attended a ceremony at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre marking the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge.
They also met with architects and community leaders involved in the bridge project.
The Queen wore a vibrant coat by Stewart Parvin and a hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.
Meghan and the Queen were clearly enjoying themselves as they watched a children’s dance performance at the bridge opening.
Following the ceremony, the Queen unveiled a plaque to commemorate the day.
The Queen’s green coat likely honors the one-year anniversary of the ghastly Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people.
It is in support of the “Green for Grenfell” heart used in the wake of the fire. From a Washington Post story.
British landmarks were floodlit in green and the country observed 72 seconds of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the the deadliest fire in modern British history.
More from this ITV piece:
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex fell silent to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy as they teamed up for their first official visit together since the royal wedding.
They were in Chester at noon and joined people up and down the UK in observing the silence in memory of the victims of the fire.
A look at some of the day’s observances via the BBC.
A national minute’s silence is held for the victims of the Grenfell fire, following a 72-second silence held at services near to the towerhttps://t.co/5aG4wsxt58 #GreenforGrenfell pic.twitter.com/xhj4qhpsTi
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 14, 2018
There is a lovely video of Meghan and the Queen as they approached the car taking them to their next engagement. Meghan is seen asking who should get in the car first, and ultimately HM gestures that Meghan should get in first.
The charming moment Meghan asks about protocol on who should get into the car first… and the Queen lets her go first on their first Royal Engagement together. pic.twitter.com/8dcZYkrLTW
— LBC (@LBC) June 14, 2018
Us Weekly has more in this story:
At one point, Meghan could be heard asking how the Queen would like to proceed into a vehicle.
The Queen directed Meghan to go first. Several people pointed out it’s likely the Queen wanted her to do so because she would be getting out of the car first when they arrived at their next engagement.
ABC’s Carolyn Durand posted this video of the duo arriving at Storyhouse in central Cheshire.
— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) June 14, 2018
From the Storyhouse website:
Storyhouse is a library, theatre and cinema. It is one of the country’s most successful cultural buildings, with one million customers in its first year.
The twosome as they walk to their seats.
And from the Chester Chronicle:
The £37m cultural centre, which opened its doors to the public in May 2017, prides itself on the way it brings together the entire community with its inclusive approach and this was reflected throughout today’s royal visit.
They watched a storytelling session for local nursery school children.
The Queen and Duchess were given posies by Nye Egan-Simon of Oldfield Primary School and Lilja Fagan of Newton Primary School.
After the Story house events, the Queen and Meghan did a walkabout. Richard Palmer of The Express posted a video of them as they greeted people.
More walkabout video from Chester pic.twitter.com/6hyA8NAb08
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) June 14, 2018
Below, Meghan greeting some of those who had been waiting for hours to see the royals in person.
Below, the pair greeting people in a video Omid Scobie shared on Twitter.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 14, 2018
HM and the Duchess were the guests of honor at a lunch at Chester Town Hall.
Rebecca English of The Daily Mail tweeted that there were four senior aides accompanying the Queen and Duchess.
Nothing was being left to chance today – there were 4 senior staff present: HM’s outgoing Assistant Private Secretary Samantha Cohen, who’s going to work for Harry & Meghan for six months. Meghan’s APS Amy Pickerill, the Queen’s PS Eddie Young and her new 7’ 2’’ APS Matthew Magee pic.twitter.com/DTMsT4nqs9
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 14, 2018
Now to what Meghan wore for the day’s engagements. Her dress is by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
It is a belted sheath with a structure cape-style shoulder overlay. It looks like a modification of this piece from the spring 2018 couture collection.
Givenchy’s tweet about the dress.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex wore a custom made #Givenchy Haute Couture outfit, designed by #ClareWaightKeller, for her first official day of engagements with Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II. pic.twitter.com/bmR3jL5Aqw
— GIVENCHY (@givenchy) June 14, 2018
Thank you to UFO No More for their tip on the couture dress. Below, another view of the Duchess today.
Here you can see the complex tailoring in the curved seams, and also the hook and eye closure on the back.
In this image below from the Cheshire West Facebook page you can see Meghan in the dress with the caplet removed —
Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex at Chester Town Hall
This Telegraph piece by the paper’s Fashion Editor, Caroline Leaper, hones in on something many Meghan fashion fans have been hoping: that the choice of a Clare Waight Keller design for Givenchy was a signal of more to come.
…the new Duchess of Sussex chose to wear a dress by Givenchy, the French fashion house behind her bridal gown, suggesting that she too intends to collaborate with designer Clare Waight Keller again and again.
With Meghan as her new muse and ambassador it will be exciting to see what Waight Keller does next. Givenchy hasn’t had such an elegant patron since the days when its founder would outfit Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Wallis Simpson – indeed, under Riccardo Tisci, Waight Keller’s predecessor, the Kardashians, rather than the British royal family, were Givenchy’s flagship clients.
From Eliza Brooke at Racked:
Anything Markle wears is going to get a lot of attention, but this latest dress is particularly distinctive. The body of the dress, a slim cut that hits just below the knee, is elevated office professional (something you might wear while working at a TV law firm, perhaps?). On top, it’s all sculptural fashion, with a short, tailored shell cocooning the chest.
Meghan’s handbag and belt are both by Givenchy. The Triple Layer Crossbody Handbag is made of black goat leather lined with suede; it measures 8.5″ x 5.5″.
The bag can be carried by a detachable leather strap or the chain. It can be preordered at Forward, with an estimated delivery date of September 10th ($1190). Neiman Marcus shows a delivery date of September 7th. Our thanks to Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion for the bag ID.
Toward the end of this video that Roz pointed out, you’ll see the Duchess carrying the bag by its chain.
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) June 14, 2018
Meghan was in another pair of Sarah Flint shoes, the Perfect Pump 100.
The heels are made of black nappa leather and have a 4″ heel ($355).
Meghan’s earrings are a gift from the Queen.
Michelle of Perth’s Fashion points out replicas of the earrings are available in two different sizes at Historic Royal Palaces. Meghan’s bracelet was first noted at the May Garden Party. We still don’t have an ID on it; it is a white gold or platinum piece with a gold clasp.
Here is a look at what Meghan wore in graphic form.
We will be updating the post with more photos and information.
- The Chester Chronicle’s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s piece is here; The Mirror’s story is here; The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Liverpool Echo article is here
- The Telegraph’s fashion piece is here;
- Town & Country’s gallery is here; The Daily Telegraph‘s gallery is here; one of PopSugar’s stories is here
- To get a sense of what it was like for one physician working at a hospital near Grenfell Tower, read this remarkable series of tweets from Dr. Philip Lee (with thanks to Chris Ship of ITV for sharing the link on Twitter)