Monday, 12 March 2018

Commonwealth Day Service: Meghan Attends First Official Event with the Queen!

Meghan Markle attended her first official event with the Queen this afternoon when she and Harry joined senior members of the Royal family for the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.


Today's service was the perfect opportunity to officially introduce Meghan to the Commonwealth. It is by far the most formal event she has attended thus far. Since the engagement interview she has referenced the Commonwealth several times and is clearly interested in visiting member nations.


Indeed, it has been widely reported the couple have been enlisted to play an important role in the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April. Leaders from all member countries are expected to gather in London and Windsor. They will come together to reaffirm common values, address the shared global challenges faced and agree how to work to create a better future for all Commonwealth citizens, particularly young people. An array of forums, meetings and a glittering State Banquet are on the agenda. The Telegraph reports it will conclude with a special celebration marking the Queen's 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall marking her lifelong commitment to the Commonwealth.


It was a large turnout from the Royal family with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra present.


Harry and Meghan arrived with William and Kate.


They were treated to a performance by London-based Ghanaian musicians One-Drum.


The foursome stopped on their way in to enjoy it.


An arrival video.


They were greeted as they entered the Abbey.


The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth throughout her 66 year reign. Her Majesty has reinforced links and seen the association of nations grow from seven to fifty-three members during her reign.


The Queen arrives.


Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth represents a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, of whom 60 per cent are under 30 years old.


Each year the Commonwealth adopts a theme upon which the Service is based. This year's theme 'Towards a Common Future' emphasises how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness. The theme links to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).


The Abbey was decorated with an assortment of beautiful flowers from Commonwealth nations.


Attendees were treated to musical performances from Ghanaian drum collective One-Drum, Ngati Ranana London Maori Club, Portsmouth Gospel Choir, and British musician Liam Payne.


Spoken reflections will be given by award-winning spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur, and Dr Andrew Bastawrous, Co-Founder and CEO of Peek Vision.


Guests of honour among the 2,000 strong congregation will include the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister of Malta, the Hon Dr Joseph Muscat MP, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, alongside High Commissioners, Ambassadors and dignitaries, senior politicians from across the UK and Commonwealth, faith leaders and over 800 school children and young people.


All members of the congregation stand for The Act of Affirmation to the Commonwealth read by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.


Chris Ship noted Harry's singing made Meghan smile :)


You can view the full Order of Service here.


Ahead of the service, the Queen shared the following message:

"We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others. Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.
There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division. We shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, bringing together young people, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth.
These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable. Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor.
Sport also contributes to building peace and development. The excitement and positive potential of friendly rivalry will be on display next month as we enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Contributing to the success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of volunteers.
Voluntary effort, by people working as individuals, in groups or through larger associations, is so often what shapes the Commonwealth and all our communities. By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even greater impact on people's lives, today, and for future generations.”

Following the service, Meghan was given flowers by a little girl.


Prince Harry greets the children.


The Queen and other royals departing.


William, Kate, Harry and Meghan walked through Dean's Yard for a reception. Below, Meghan with The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, the 38th Dean of Westminster, after the service.


Meghan told a group of children she's "very excited" about the wedding.


Victoria Murphy posted a video.


To view the full service click here. You can view a video from the reception below.


Meghan looked every inch the future Duchess today.


Meghan wore the rich cream Amanda Wakeley Cream Sculpted Tailoring Crombie Coat (with thanks to Meghan Maven). British designer Amanda Wakeley is a firm royal favourite. The late Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge have worn a number of her designs.


The $1,199 piece is described as "A pristinely cut coat will pull your entire seasonal wardrobe together, and none come more elegant than our sculpted tailoring Crombie coat." It's available in limited sizing at Amanda Wakeley and Orchard Mile.

Meghan Markle Style identified Meghan's dress as the Amanda Wakeley's Springsteen Midnight Tailored Midi dress. It's discounted from $680 to $267 at Orchard Mile and available in several sizes on the Amanda Wakeley website.


More from the product description:

'This fitted, structurally seamed dress in midnight is a bold choice for any occasion. The bodice is lined in silk, and the signature full-length back zip in gold is exposed. This is a fantastic staple dress that will see you from the boardroom to any function in an instant.'

The designer offered confirmation via her Facebook Page.


Meghan's hat is by leading British milliner Stephen Jones.


Meghan carried $675 the Mulberry Small Darley Bright Navy Cross Grain Leather clutch. It's available in an array of colours on the Mulberry website (with thanks to Perth Fashion).

Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in navy.



Meghan's earrings are the Adina Reyter 14k Gold Three Diamond Amigos Curve (with thanks to Meghan's Fashion).


The Duchess of Cambridge wore Beulah London today. To read more pop over to Duchess Kate.

In light of the comments since the Royal Foundation Forum, it feels important to share the note I wrote when Harry and Meghan got engaged again. I had hoped the issue of comparing both women and using one to bash the other would subside. Sadly, that's evidently not been the case. I appreciate the time and effort which goes into writing comments, and I hate to delete them, however if this issue isn't dealt with it can only serve to derail enjoyable conversation time and time again. We're getting to a stage where events attended by both Kate and Meghan are a free for all. It has to stop. It is my sincere hope today's service will mark the beginning of a change in comments. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Kate is Kate. Meghan is Meghan. Both are entirely different women, with different strengths and weaknesses, in entirely different roles. In a society that pits women against each other, as a community we must strive to avoid the Kate v Meghan narrative. On 'both sides' of the fence, particularly cruel remarks have been left. The primary reason I started the separate blog was to avoid the negativity created by endless comparisons. This blog is not a venue for tearing Kate apart nor is the other blog a place to relentlessly bash Meghan. I think people forget William, Kate, Harry and Meghan are all on the same team - the future of the monarchy - this sort of imagined rivalry is the very last thing they want. Separately, there's been unwarranted vicious comments about Meghan in general, such comments are not welcome here. Constructive criticism along the way is of course absolutely fine but vicious attacks will not be posted. I hope to foster a warm and welcoming community here with interesting debates, I'll need your help for that. There's already a group of fanastic posters here, I have no doubt we can achieve a nice space for those following Meghan's journey. Thank you!

An important milestone for Meghan today!

233 comments:

  1. Eve from Germany12 March 2018 at 15:16

    OH WOW!!!! :-)))))

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    1. Exactly and double ditto !!!

      Marla from NH

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  2. I guess that she carries some Mulberry clutch ;)

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  3. Meghan looks lovely!

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  4. I tuned in live right before they arrived (streaming on Youtube), it was so exciting to watch! She looks stunning in white, and I love that all four of them coordinate in their navy. I wonder if that was a happy coincidence or if they discuss these things ahead of time! They stopped to watch a performance that was happening right by the entrance and she did a little head bob/dance which was cute!

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    1. My time slot commitment was between 11:00 am-12:00 USA/EST. I was searching to watch live stream. I found the live stream on Reuters and watched from the start to finish. It was an amazingly inspiring one hour, especially the eye doctor. I recommend that people watch the entire service which is a sampling of all the varieties.

      When I saw Meghan in white, I thought of sofy from this blog. One of her recommendation was a white coat for Meghan.
      Here is the link to the white coat sofy recommended for The Commonwealth Day church service.

      Sofy, your recommendation for International Women’s day, white sweater, and this coat for this day, makes you Stylist of the month for MAM blog in my book.

      https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WMvTVuq5wFY/WMbsy37AfMI/AAAAAAABA2U/klSXxMWYCi4PwFFKCPK0X_Kiz_yLD_sggCLcB/s1600/3E3A5D5800000578-4309664-image-m-55_1489422082439.jpg

      Meghan did well with that size beret hat; it worked well for her.

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    2. You know, in the past I have always thought maybe yes, maybe no? Today, I think with HM wearing Burgundy & the group, including Camilla & Sophie, wearing Navy &/or White..... methinks at times there may be memos! :) Today the group presented such a striking picture! :)

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    3. I saw the head bob as well. That was nice that they stopped for part of the dance and William was clapping at the end.

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    4. I agree Becca and with others that this might have been a co-ordinated effort on attire. The Queen was basically in Royal Colors, the way she is when she wears her Royal Robe. She stood out as being at the top.

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    5. Anon15 – thank you for reminding me, I’d forgotten that suggestion, lol.
      I guess I now have to keep up my good track record for Meghan and Kate predictions. I’ve suggested two repeats for Kate on Saturday, so now I have to wait to see where Meghan will appear next.

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    6. Ali, in one of the new pics Charlotte put up (either here or at DKB?) There's a great full look at Anne's Outfit & It's not only Navy & Cream, but it's Gorgeous! I think it's the first time I've seen Anne & thought Wow!:)

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    7. Anne's had this coat since the 1980s, lol.

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    8. I agree, Becca that Anne looks stunning. If, as soft says, the coat is from the 1980s, then Anne has not gained any weight and the coat has stood the test of time.

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    9. Love Anne's entire look, and love that it's timeless from the 1980s. Can there be any doubt that someone asked all the ladies of the Queen's family to coordinate? I like that Anne and Meghan are wearing the cream coats with all the other royal ladies in navy and the Queen outstanding in that lovely red. I hope they took a large family photo either before or after the service . . .

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    10. Anne is a class act. Maybe the older I get, the more I appreciate her duty and service.

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  5. I love the outfit. The cream coat and navy blue look great together. I wish she hadn’t flipped the collar, the bright white fabric underneath clearly isn’t meant to be shown.

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    1. Oh, I liked the collar. I thought it added a fun flair but not in a distracting way.

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    2. Although on the designers website they show the coat being worn with the collar up.

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    3. Somehow it looked nice the way she wore the collar. The designer may have it modeled certain ways, but the person who wears it can take ownership and wear it to their own comfort. Her dress is a low cut with her chest shown, the collar standing did better coordinated with the dress.

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    4. I agree that the white facing fabric (or whatever it is) wasn’t meant to be shown, which is why I am confused as to why the collar is shown up on the model. I actually like the style of the collar when up, but the facing fabric is a bit of a needle scratch for me. However, she looks amazing!

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    5. I wholeheartedly agree.

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    6. The white facing on the collar is likely meant to complement the band on the hip line. I like the line created by the collar to the dropped waist, but for me the detail on the dropped hip or its fastening did not enhance the coat. It wasn't as flattering as it might have been. But I must say, the royals now have Meghan in their coats and clutches. (Giggle.)

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    7. Philly, Hee Hee.

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  6. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)12 March 2018 at 15:44

    OMG what a fabulous look! Perfection from head-to-toe. I love the coat (especially the collar) and the beret is to die for. Yaaaas!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  7. Meghan looks superb! I simply love this coat and the combination of navy and white is just perfect. Meghan looks like she's been apart of the royal family forever, so sophisticated and confident. I think this is my favourite look of hers thus far :)

    Love Avee in SA

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  8. All royals got the memo: blue and/or white. Let the queen shine in purple. M got the basic idea so right this time around. Like the fascinator,the dress, the coat and the shoes. Minor quibble: the fit of the coat isn't that great and the collar for sure was not meant to stand up(looking at the coat on amanda wakely site)

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    1. I commented earlier but when I looked on Amanda's site the coat is shown in several photos with the collar turned up. May depend what link you go to. I went to her Official site and looked at the coat which had several views of it being worn by models.

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    2. Actually, the model has the collar up. Its called popping a collar. It can give a shirt, blazer, coat a little more
      style. Looks great

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    3. I really like her collar up but that white felt facing! The model is wearing the collar up but it doesn't have white facing visible like Meghan's collar. ???

      Kristine

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    4. I agree that the coat doesn’t fit quite right. The collar pop doesn’t bother me. But the hat—and I’ll admit I don’t “get” most of the hats the royals wear—isn’t a win IMO

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  9. YEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
    Finally a princess look! Great to see :)

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  10. Yay!!! Now that’s a right royal look for our beautiful Meghan!! Perfection!!

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  11. Well, navy seems to be the look of the day based on the Fab Four and other arrivals!

    I love the idea of Meghan’s look, especially the charming beret, but the coat feels weirdly shapeless to me. The big band in the middle sort of saps the energy from it. It feels like there should be a belt a la her engagement coat or nothing. Would love a better look at the dress she’s wearing.

    But aside from that, how lovely to see her at this event. I have been amazed by how she’s been welcomed by the family even though she’s not an “official royal” yet (good for them!) and how seamless she’s fit in. So looking forward to Duchess Meghan!

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    1. I have to agree, that band in the middle should be a bit more structured I think. As is, it's oddly shapeless. I think she could have gone a size smaller on the coat overall. She looks amazing though, love the hat - something totally different but classic. I wonder if she's on a pre-wedding diet a la Kate, she looks quite thin in this!

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  12. I'm watching the service as I work at home today. I couldn't help but be pulled away by the story from the eye surgeon that's working in commonwealth countries to help get people basic (but life-changing) eye care. Meghan was obviously captured by this story - you could see it in her face. Others were listening passively but she was totally present. There's a lot of hate and criticism flying around about her, but she has something that I don't see much of within the Royal Family, and that is PASSION. That's not meant to be a criticism of the others but rather an observation -- she's new blood and she's bringing something special with her. She cares and I believe she will make a big impact.

    It's always fun to see what she wears but even more than that, I'm excited to watch her on her journey.

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    1. Taryn, what a wonderful observation! :)

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    2. I love this post! Couldn’t agree more. She brings a very fresh energy.

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    3. I couldn't agree more. I often think everyone looks bored at these types of events (they get a kind of a glazed look in their eyes, lol). Meghan didn't look bored at all. It must be so exciting and brand new for her.

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    4. Tarym,you are my voice,lol
      Meghan has a charisma!She will be a fantastic royal lady:)

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    5. Meghan has such a beautifully expressive face, doesn't she? And a wonderful ability to really focus on the person she's talking to. It's no wonder she was a successful actress -- the camera loves her! She looked beautifully perfect today, I thought, and Harry looked very proud to escort her.

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  13. Wow!!!! She Nailed It! She Looks So Royal & So Meghan At The Same Time!!!! I already Enthused over at DKB, but I'll say it here too. The 4 Look So Regal & Truly as The Future of The British Royal Family!! I Love All The Navy & White, & it's not too much!! Seeing all 4 makes me realize how lopsided it had looked when it was just Will, Kate & Prince Harry! The Queen must be Beaming & So Comforted as She looks at them! Diana did good! She raised 2 Amazing Men, who chose Strong Amazing Women as Their Love & Life Partners!! Yay!! The 4 Are Perfection!!! :) xoxo

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    1. Susan in Florida12 March 2018 at 17:20

      Becca , I have something in my eye.. it keeps tearing up. There is something very comforting about seeing Diana’s sons with their life partners. Ok, Prince Charles did a good job too, teaching them how to work smarter with their patronage’s.

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    2. Oh Susan, we seem to both have something in our eye. :) Ok, we'll throw Charles a bone. :) lol (but yes, your point is true. xo

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    3. Ha! I just realized I went a little "Caps" Crazy! lol I was Super Enthused, if you couldn't guess! :) lol

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    4. Becca, your observations were on point. It's been wonderful seeing William and Harry grow into remarkable men, and now both of them have found their life partners. I cannot wait to see what the Fab Four have in store for their commonwealth and for the world.

      Meghan looked fantastic today, as well as excited to be a part of Harry's life in this way. I'm totally thrilled for them both. I saw his parents and his brother marry, and I will be requesting off work for his wedding as well. My coworkers here in the US think that it's an odd reason to take a day off... they don't get it like we do.

      Cheers to Harry and Meghan!

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  14. What A Wonderful Welcome & Introduction for Meghan to The Commonwealth!! Wow! They are a Striking & I believe they will be a Powerful 4some!! :)

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  15. I LOVED this service. The diversity, the peek into the different cultures, it was fantastic. Meghan looked great. I loved the photo of she and Kate looking at each other when they arrived. It’s up on Chris Jackson’s instagram feed. You should put it up on both blogs (once that is legal) to show that both of these wonderful ladies are clearly comfortable with each other.

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    1. Oh I so agree! Such a sweet capture of a moment that says a lot. These are 2 unique & individual ladies that share a love for their husband or fiance & love family! Those are 2 very bonding values! :)

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  16. Thank you Charlotte for re posting your original note! The horrendous comments do get depressing!!! On to uplifting and happy space! I adored Meghan’s outfit today. Her beany hat is too cute!!! Kathy from NJ

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    1. Yes Charlotte & Thank you! My heart goes out to you & what you must be dealing with. I hope the comments section can stay open. I think The Commonwealth Service & The Wedding may be the peak volatile occasions. Hopefully as H&M move along in their life, things will lessen, if not abate. Hang in there & then put your feet up & Enjoy That Wine! :) xo

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    2. Agreed, Kathy! I love her beanie, and the slightly unstructured look of her coat.

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  17. I think she looks lovely - very well put together, sharp, clean lines, classic colors. It looks like a Princess Anne outfit but with modern lines and less busy in blue and white than Princess Anne's usual florals or plaids. Overall, I like Meghan's outfit quite a lot. The only negative for me is that with the collar turned up you can see the felt (?) backing of the collar/lapel and I'm not sure how I feel about that patch of stark white there. It is styled with the collar turned up in one of the pics above, so perhaps that isn't a faux pas...?

    Anyway, overall it's super exciting to see Meghan at this event, sitting right behind the queen. Can't wait to see her at the reception as well (hopefully we'll get pics of that). I am so excited for her official entrance into the family, and for Harry to have a partner at future events. Yay!!

    More later when I've seen more pics and have time to digest.

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    1. Joy from Gloucester12 March 2018 at 17:00

      I agree with the comments about the collar, the coat is lovely but it doesn't seem to have been designed to be worn with the collar standing up. Apart from this I think Meghan looked lovely.

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    2. Inthekitchen, interesting observation about looking similar to many of Princess Anne's looks. I agree there is a similar feel.

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    3. I noticed Princess Anne was quite eye catching her in navy and white as well!

      Agreed about Harry finally having a partner at these events. It must be so nice for him. Can't wait until the first balcony appearance! (Trooping the Colour?)

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  18. Kelly from Texas12 March 2018 at 16:31

    Great post! I love that Meghan continues to look original yet occasion-appropriate. The coat and whole outfit are quite flattering. With regards to "Meghan vs Kate" - couldn't have said it better. And isn't it fun to watch two professional women continue to excel while remaining comfortable in their own individual styles? Both look terrific!

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    1. Amen! Kelly you Nailed It! I don't think anyone of us commenting has said it better! :)

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    2. Not fond of the competition some are trying to propagate between Kate & Meghan. (news stories etc ). I have to say, the Queen looked lovely and really did steal the show for me!

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  19. She looks very elegant. This is the look I was hoping for. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

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  20. I Love this outfit, she looks so elegant

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  21. Meghan seems very confident today. She is not holding on to Harry as a security blanket as in previous events. I’m happy that she is finding her stride.

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    1. Meghan is always confident, they are a newly engaged couple in love so I am not surprised by the handholding. Harry reaches for Meghan's hand times so it's not Meghan always trying to reach for his hand. Cheers to Love!

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    2. Cheers!🍷🍷

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    3. We see the handholding in other royal couples (Mette Marrit and Haakon,Victoria and Daniel,Albert and Charlene,Mathilde and Philippe...)
      it's not against protocole-I remember Charles and Diana did the same.

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    4. Did I miss something? I'm not aware of Charles and Diana holding hands during official appearances. ;-)

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  22. Meghan looks exquisite and that coat and dress combination- beautiful! Someone told me that a lot of styling is also in the confidence to wear the clothes, "the clothes should not wear you". I feel Meghan wears her clothes well. When I see the cream and white I can't help but think of Meghan in her gown on their wedding dat walking down the aisle to Harry! I can't wait to be honest, woo hoo!

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  23. Meghan continues in her minimalist style, which suits her well. I am certain her hats will evolve a bit, beyond the very plain number today. Fun that the future sisters look so color coordinated. The Queen looks absolutely magnificent.

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    1. I love how the Senior Royals are in the Navy & White, while The Queen is in The Burgundy! So they have the UK colors covered but in an elegant way! :)

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    2. I agree!I think that the Queen stole the “show” today!:)

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  24. Thank you so much for your fabulous posts. I admire your commitment to keeping your well curated blog free from unnecessary comments. And hope that "Team Charlotte" will join me in thanking you for your dedication and passion.

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    1. Amen! Go Team Charlotte! Let's Not Let Her Down!! Light can win over the darkness! xo

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    2. Yes, thank you Charlotte for all your hard work on this blog and DKB!! ❤️

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    3. In my humble opinion, Charlotte has been very liberal over the years (I mean that in a kind way). Tough love (aka "delete, delete, delete") on both blogs should do wonders. We all know when comments are simply looking for a reaction and if there's no audience the appeal will diminish.

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  25. How perfect!!!! So color coordinated. I LOVE Kate's dress and I LOVE how Meghan looks. The white hat is terrific (vs a brown hat). Kate, Meghan, and Camilla are in navy and white and the Queen looks beautiful in her cranberry/plum outfit. Her hat is beautiful. Love MM's shoes---hopefully we can see her dress later. And Kate is wearing the full set of brooch and earrings. Just perfect.

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  26. OMG! OMG! It's cream and navy - just cream and navy with no black trousers/shoes/bag to be seen! I am literally jumping up and down and punching the air! Meghan is truly starting to transform into a royal duchess before our eyes. Woo-hoo!

    I have serious handbag envy over this one - not for the first time with Meghan's I must say. I prefer this slimmer hat to the Christmas Day one and the dress looks lovely from what we can see of it (fitted like her green engagement one?). My only slight niggles are that the coat looks much too big on her again (surely it's meant to be more fitted than that?) and I wouldn't have popped the collar when there is interfacing underneath that is clearly a different shade to the coat material. That said, I think Amanda Wakeley could be a really good fit for Meghan's style - I wonder if she might become one of her go-to designers after the wedding.

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    1. The up collar looks very stylish to me, also the model wore the collar up (see the image posted by Charlotte), I think the designer made it in such a way the collar could be worn that way.

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    2. Ok Seriously Helen, I think we are going to have to start a Support Group for we gals that are developing cases of "Serious Handbag Envy" since Meghan has arrived on the scene! It's a real thing! lol :) I've never experienced "handbag envy" before! Ha! If the only cure is to continue to buy what she carries.... well then this is going to be a real problem! lol lol lol :)

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    3. I agree, Helen!!! I **adore** Amanda Wakeley, and always loved the clean lines of the felt dresses that Kate used to wear in 2011-12. Amanda and Meghan are a match made in heaven :)

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  27. Thank you Charlotte very much for your comments. I am in total agreement. Both ladies look lovely today. Ms Markle dressed ‘my style’ today; in style, but nothing too complicated. Thanks Charlotte for the program highlights. I have, so far, enjoyed it very much.

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  28. WOW!!!!!!! Since the engagement this is the best Meghan has looked. Her hair is out of her face, her outfit is perfectly coordinated. The clothes fit and there is no oversized, slouchy look. The navy shoes and purse look very British, as navy is such a popular choice for these items in the UK. Her look is crisp, stylish and everything is perfect. The hat is cute and suits her. Glad to see she could rise to the occasion with everything being appropriate. Hope this continues. Although we are not talking about Kate, her outfit harmonizes so well with Meghan's. Well done ladies!

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  29. Love the navy and LOVE the beret. They both look gorgeous and I'm glad to be reminded that they should not be pitted against one another. :)

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  30. She looks wonderful!!!! I love the colors scheme and her dress is super chic. Well done!

    Silvia

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  31. Why draw comparisons between Kate and Meghan? I, for one, am just delighted the RF has two such strong women to take it forward into the coming decades. Both are a tremendous assets and have so much to offer, let's celebrate them, not look for reasons to bash them. Annie, UK

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  32. Meghan looked lovely. I loved her beret and those delicate tiny earrings (which almost look like bow-ties to me, any idea who makes them?). Great work as always.

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  33. Charlotte, your entries are always so timely, and are a go to resource for me. And I am very respectful of your blog's criteria. I would respectfully add that any debate swirling about the definition of feminism is also a negative catalyst that takes away from the purpose of your blog. I would like to focus, as I've said before, on the event and not listen to pundit commentary that invokes dissent.

    I return to my comments that Meghan's navy dress is so elegant and classic and I don't see Meghan's style to date as minimal. Sometimes less is more. I love the white coat. I can't tell from the model what the designer envisioned for the length of sleeves, as it appears Meghan's sleeve length is relatively long and has some bunching fabric on the shoulder. I do love the silhouette including the drop waist line. It's a little bit of a Victorian vibe for me without being dated. And it is unique and appropriate!

    As someone mentioned above, her hat style is in its early stages, and evolving. I greatly prefer the understated approach as opposed to a ostentatious design.

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  34. Beautiful outfit, I am not a huge fan of that style hat on anyone but she looked polished and lovely from head to toe. Everyone looked really great today.

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  35. Is there a reason why the royals always dress in such dark colors? I thought it was supposed to be a celebration service (but I'm not British so maybe I'm wrong).

    I think Meghan nailed it with this outfit! I love Meghan's shoes but I wish she had wore a different pair (or color)! For a split second I thought she and Kate were wearing identical shoes, I hope the media doesn't make a "thing" of it.

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    1. Pauline, what color of shoe do you think she should have wron? If she doesn't wear Navy what else, white? black? Let the media do their thing and let Meghan make her style decisions.

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    2. I'm only guessing, but I think they probably dress in darker colors to be formal and professional for the service. Then, they can pull out the brights for things like Trooping.

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    3. I've seen at least one outlet referring to them as "Sole Sisters" but only in the kindest of ways! No comparisons, just updates on what they each wore & the event! It would be so nice if all coverage had that nice matter of fact info & only a nice complimentary headline. :)

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    4. Given the time of year (technically still Winter), the dark colors are appropriate and the cream/white hints at Spring. I prefer the dark shoe with the dress and for this event. A nude shoe or bright color would be better suited for Spring or Summer

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  36. Susan in Florida12 March 2018 at 17:23

    Charlotte , thank you for the videos and explanations of each event. I am learning about British culture while looking at fashion.

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  37. Thank you Charlotte for another wonderful blog on the Royals. It is refreshing to read comments without the hateful "bashing" that you see on other sites. Both ladies are pretty and fashionable , yet present their own styles. Amazing that grown people would have to be told repeatedly about acceptable postings! Thanks again.

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  38. Love the beret! Not too crazy about the coat. I think it would look better without the band detail around the waist, or maybe more nipped in at the waist? Overall she looks lovely.

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  39. Lovely looks today! πŸ’•

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  40. Meghan looked very good despite the awful fit of the coat--the sleeves are too long and the waist band fits her too low (especially when compared to the model). The dress underneath is beautiful. I wish she had closed her coat after the ceremony so that the look remained more formal. Open it has the slight look of a medical coat. Nice look, though.

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  41. Elegant and perfect.
    I am sorry you had to post that warning message Charlotte. It must be a thankless task moderating comments here.

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  42. Megan looked absolutely lovely, and if there is such a thing as a "royal look" then she has achieved it today. Her white "coat dress" with the navy dress peeping through is elegant. I have a feeling that the "beanie" silhouette is what Meghan is going for in hats for the time being. She is not officially in the royal family yet. Also, it seems to me Kate was wearing a lot of fascinators early in her royal life, and if I remember correctly, just recently started wearing wide brimmed hats to royal events. It was very nice to see the Wales "family" all coordinated in navy and white. It looked very cohesive, and set them off together, if I'm making sense. Perhaps some day, we'll see all three of the Wales women wearing gorgeous broad brimmed hats!

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    1. Oh Anon, I agree with all you said, especially about the wide brimmed hats! :) I love thinking of them as "The Wales Women"! I really like that term! :)

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  43. Meghan looks beautiful in her cream coat. When I saw the first picture all I thought was WOW; she does America, Harry, the Royal Family and, most especially, the Queen, proud. She looks absolutely regal arriving with Prince Harry. My little girl and I are waiting to see her in her wedding gown. My little one thinks Megan is "just like a Barbie".

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    1. Ha! Trish that is so cute! It's such fun to share this with our daughters. :)

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  44. Me in Vancouver12 March 2018 at 17:40

    A lovely engagement for everyone today. Meghan and Harry look so happy together, I am so thankful that Harry has someone to share these events with him. So nice to be able to go home and chat about the day with someone over tea or a cocktail. I'm not a fan of Meghan's coat, the construction is boxy and unbecoming on her in my opinion, but she looked appropriate and happy and relaxed and confident. She wears all of those traits perfectly.

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  45. SierrafromMontana12 March 2018 at 17:44

    I noticed how all the ladies, including the Duchess of Cornwall, color coordinated their outfits with white and navy. How lovely to make all ladies feel included. It will be fun to watch Meghan do more family oriented events! And this blog is lovely - I've read a few others that aren't and can be very vicious. There is no need to be a troll behind a computer screen. These ladies are still women and just happened to fall in love with public figures. I think Kate will guide and help Meghan in her new role and that is great!

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  46. She seemed a bit nervous in the arrival video, which I find so endearing and lovely (because it’s SO NORMAL).
    She looks beautiful, but I don’t like the tailoring on her coat. Its a bit sloppy and swallows her petite frame. the color is lovely and her hat is great, but just that one detail.

    Annie
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      I noticed it as well. I can't even imagine what it must have been like for her.

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    3. As for the coat, maybe it’s the drop waist or the sort of big piece that is fastening it. It’s supposed to be a bit loose, I’m sure. But she’s so slender. It would probably just look better open. I don’t know. It I love the color. It just misses the mark a bit in fit or shape.

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    4. Oh! I just saw the picture with the coat opened up. Looks SO MUCH better. wish she would have arrived that way...

      Annie
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  47. Love it!! The coat seems a little big on her, but otherwise she looks great. I haven't totally loved her outfits so far, but this one was a home run.

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  48. Meghan is looking great but am I the only one who thinks that her coat is a size bigger for her ? I mean look at the sleeve length !

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    1. I think she has lost a lot of weight. The stress must be tremendous and I feel so much compassion and admiration for Meghan taking this journey into the unknown. Both Kate and Meghan are incredible women who have tons of courage and beauty.
      I think the coat looked better when it was open, it didn't seem as overwhelming as it did when she arrived. Meghan looked so adorable in the beret. She is just "as cute as a button", isn't she?

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    2. 🌸 Meghan knocked it out of the park today.
      I love the entire outfit. So classic, fresh. Only the coat when closed glaringly showed, surprisingly,
      bad tailoring and fit. Still love the outfit though.
      Her earrings were minuscule and were a
      “search-for-them-and-try-to-figure-them-out-distraction” rather than an enhancement, in my opinion, lol. A very small pair of the most brilliant diamond studs or a round little ball earring of sterling or 14K gold would have been less frustrating and perfect in my humble opinion.

      Still she looked calm, reserved and self-composed.
      She really looks as though she feels at home with the Royal family.

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    3. Hi Rhea, I have that same problem with every coat or blazer I buy, the sleeves are always about 1/2 inch to an inch too long.

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    4. Rhea, it's a strange one this, isn't it? It seems to fit fine across the shoulders and it looks great when it's open, but the fit around the waist doesn't look quite right on her when it's fastened, does it? I did wonder whether she might still be adjusting to the different dress size numbers on this side of the Atlantic, but if she was buying her US size, everything would be too small for her not too big, so I don't know. I can't wait to see her wear some bespoke pieces that are tailored to her exact frame - maybe if they do a tour of Australia later in the year when the Invictus Games are on, as speculated, we might see some stunning pieces! Fingers crossed.

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    5. Rhea, funnily I just posted about that below. I too asked if I was the only one? Guess not! :)

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    6. Yes hoping she gets the future dresses altered to her size and also surprised that she hasn’t done it coz she has said in an interview about how much of a difference tailoring a garment to a persons body measurements makes !

      I guess she doesn’t have a stylist in London helping her out .
      Meghan should hire somebody to help with fashion coz she would be attending many events and the looks should be planned prior .

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    7. Rhea, with all due respect, Meghan is going to Marry Harry and possibly become a Duchess or some other important title, I would think she would be planning her outfits prior the many events she would be attending, why wouldn't she? Even when she was an actress they would plan outfits prior events. Have you taken into account that Meghan is a fiancee at the moment and may not have access to all resources a Duchess would have.
      Maybe she prefers more room to her coats, and eventually when she becomes a Dutchess she may have more options to work with.

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  49. Full of admiration for Meghan today. This was her first major royal event, and she most definitely didn't disappoint. She looked perfectly turned out, loved the beret style hat, it so suited her. The colour combination cream and navy was quite lovely. She sang the national anthem, and looked completely engrossed in all that went on. If HM was to watch back today's events, I think she would be more than happy with the way Meghan carried herself !
    Thank you Charlotte for the post, and for reminding us, this blog is a lovely place to visit, with many different views and opinions, all of which makes this a perfect place to watch and discuss Meghan's journey.

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  50. i'm 68 years old and live in the united states. i love whatever is worn by the duchess, ms. markle, and all the women in the royal family. comparing them spoils the fun. also if they all dressed alike that would be very boring. i understand that many may not like my comments. i'm sure i view things differently because i live in the u.s.

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    1. Agree Anon 17:50! I don’t think kindness has borders. I’m glad they have such different styles-and if they happen to share a “look” on any given occasion, I wish people would stop saying that one is influencing the other! Who cares?! It’s fashion and fun!

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    2. I think your comments make perfect sense, Anon. I'm also American, but nationality aside -- I think it's true that comparison brings about nothing positive and that seeing Kate and Meghan's different styles is part of what makes these blogs so fun.

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    3. Oh Anon, I love your comment! It's such a wonderful point & I hope more will head the joy, of enjoying each of the women in The Royal Family! You're so right! Comparisons do spoil the fun! "Vive la differance!" :)

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  51. She looks smashing. How exciting for her. You just can't go wrong with Navy and White. Would like to the see the dress on her. I can hardly wait to see bespoke tailoring on Megan. Each time I see photos of her I realize how petite she is (not necessarily short) but small.

    Even Prince Charles and Camilla were in Navy. What a fantastic group shot they would make.

    Just want to say, I'm looking forward to the wedding day.

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  52. Charlotte, I posted my comments and I haven’t seen them yet. Do I need to re-post?

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      I only received one from you and it's published above. No sign of them in Spam either. My apologies!

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  53. Jean from Lancs12 March 2018 at 18:18

    The slim fitting coat is so much better than the ones with the tie belts.
    She looked very elegant and full marks for singing the National Anthem and the hymns. Must have been a bit of an ordeal, making her first walk through Westminster Abbey and it is such a long walk, but she coped beautifully.
    Must say all the royals ladies looked great and mostly colour co-ordinated.

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  54. This is my personal favourite of Meghan's outfits to date. Love the colour combination and think that the length of the ensemble is sophisticated and elegant. Sadly however, her tailoring is still needing work. The coat is so poorly fitted that it dwarfs her frame significantly - again. It looks like its straight off the shelf. It is also not designed to have the collar upright, as you can see the undercollar is white not cream, and to me this distracts from the overall elegant look she was aiming for. This look is fine on a more casual outfit but not for this occasion. Overall I think she looks really lovely but sadly, not polished.

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  55. She looks lovely today - I think the hat is so well suited to her - the scale of it works well on her smaller sized head. Plus, it lets everyone SEE her vs if she had a wide brim hat on. I love the white on her with the navy.

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  56. Great look overall, probably my favorite look Meghan has worn so far!

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  57. I love this look! It's a royal uniform in a way but also very Meghan. Loved the smaller beret compared to the larger brimmed hats of the other royal ladies. I think in the future we'll see lots of events where Meghan looks more royal but still retains her own unique style. She looked lovely and while we're on the others Queen Elizabeth's fashions get more hip every year! Her purple outfit today was smashing.

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  58. Eve from Germany12 March 2018 at 18:39

    She nailed it today!! This kind of coat is SO CHIC!! I remember Kate on Easter Sunday on their first Australia tour - a McQueen coat it was back then and it was perfection!! Elegance, grace - these coats have it all and both women wear them to perfection. And that dress underneath - *swoon* - the pumps! - the bag! Oh, I don´t even know where to start!
    The four of them looked great today - Diana would be proud and I´m sure Charles is!!
    I´m so sorry, Charlotte, that you had - once again! - to remind the commenters about what your two blogs are about. I sincerely hope everyone respects the boundaries - out of respect for you and your wonderful, incredible work, if nothing else. It must be so distressing for you to read all these nasty and even hateful comments! Lots of hugs from Germany!

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  59. SeΓ±orita Dee12 March 2018 at 18:40

    I so much prefer her dress looks. She works a dress so well :)

    My main quibble is the same. Her coats don’t fit her properly. And the popped collar would have looked fine if not for the super white felt underneath. I know it’s popped on the designer website but it looks silly here. Nevertheless, only minor things today. The navy and white contrast looks great and she looked lovely. Much more royal, and not just because she was wearing a dress. There was more polish to this outfit.

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  60. I'm curious if she is wearing hosiery today?

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  61. I'm a huge fan of Meghan en love her style... However I dont like the felt showing in the collar and the coat looks ill fitted on her...
    She has the most beautiful smile!

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  62. It was great to see Meghan today at a Royal event. I was getting a little bit tired of the city trips. I was dying to see her in a more formal setting. She looked beautiful, I preferred the coat opened as it looked too big when it was fastened.. I loved the hat. Meghan is so beautiful, she really can carry off anything, but I would love to see her having a wow moment, her style has been low key , chic and understated so far. I’m hoping we get to see her in a gown before her wedding. Sinead.

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  63. 🌸 I would wear Meghan’s outfit HAPPILY any day of the week. It is totally my style. I am a happy camper about Meghan’s outfit today. 😊
    (I am sure she is SO relieved about that, lol.)

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  64. I'm a huge fan of Meghan en love her style... However I dont like the felt showing in the collar and the coat looks ill fitted on her...
    She has the most beautiful smile!

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  65. WOW! She really nailed it today! What a great look on her! Everything fit well for not just Meghan's style but also the occasion itself! Amanda Wakeley designs are so classically "royal" IMO. I know Kate has worn a number of her dresses/coats but I wasn't aware that Diana did as well. That just makes Meghan's choice that much better! Harry must have been proud to have her with him and vice versa since his suit looked really great on him today too. So nice to see the four of them together as always!

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  66. Finally! She nailed this look. She's professional, polished, neat...Kate will always be my number one, but today Meghan really stepped it up and is giving me hope! Bravo!

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  67. Meghan nailed it! I'm so proud of her. She is doing America proud!

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  68. Zora from Prague12 March 2018 at 19:53

    Meghan looks very pretty and elegant. I think there were moments when it must have been a bit overwhelming for her, sitting at the front, just behind HM, and listening to those trumpets and the magnificent organ... I didn't have time to watch the full service but from the videos it looks like she was very focused and animated. I'm sure watching the performers was interesting for her.

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  69. I suspect everyone who has been clamoring for more polish will certainly appreciate this very duchess look today! I think Meghan did a great job of blending her personal flair for chic minimalism with royal polish. I think she looks excellent for the occasion. It's definitely the most royal look we've seen Meghan wear, so far, but still very her, with the clean and classic lines and colors. Very put together. I like navy on her, as well as cream. The hat is not my favorite style, but I think Meghan pulls it off.

    Are Meghan and Kate wearing the same navy pumps?

    It was good to see Meghan in this formal royal setting with the other members of the family. I'm always impressed by how well she carries herself, even if she may be nervous on the inside. And I'm still of the opinion that it's good that she jump in head first and start working and taking part. I say this because I'm so glad she was included in the Commonwealth Service instead of excluded. It must make Meghan feel very accepted and free to do the work she's passionate about because the Queen has been welcoming.

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  70. Very nice outfit for Meghan, this is my favorite look from the ones she’s worn since the engagement. The coat does seem a bit ill-fitted, but hopefully she’ll find a good seamstress in London who will be able to make alterations of this type for her. Rarely do the clothes of the peg fit perfectly.

    Very interesting to see the proper order of precedence followed, with wives seated after the born princesses, since the husbands weren’t there.

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  71. Upstate Diva USA12 March 2018 at 20:11

    All the senior women, including Camilla, Anne, and Sophie, were in navy. They (and Kate and Meghan) looked great as a family and gave QEII pride of place and color. Meghan aced it. Thanks for the post, Charlotte.

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  72. I love the coat, obsessed by the dress, clutch & shoes. What I love about the coat is how it has that lovely kiss type closure at the waist & I actually love the line the popped color gives to the coat, white felt backing & all. :) What I am curious about thought is..... is it me, or does it look almost a size too big? I get the design, but I think a size smaller (beyond just tailoring) would eleviate that poof on her back, have the shoulders fit better, correct the sleeves from being too long & overall, just give it a more sleek look. Just my 2 cents. But I Definitely Love The Look! Meghan Knocked it Out of The Park! :)

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  73. I was thinking...... while I love seeing the 4 of them together as family, it just really does beg for comparisons. It brings out differences that I hope will eventually draw compliments & not negativity. I think especially if the event involves a walkabout or interactions with guests. Maybe it's just too new? Hopefully years of this will bring forth each couples unique identities. As well as the wonderful qualities of each of them individually .

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  74. Charlotte, thanks for your response. That was
    my only comment, and you have it now posted. Thank you.

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  75. πŸ₯‚ Cheers to Love. The Queen has a lot to celebrate. Two weddings, two babies.

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  76. Meghan seems to like a straight cut in her coats. They are not designed with empire or princess seams and therefore are not "fitted" in the way that garments with those types of features are. I think all of her coats have fitted her properly. The style of the coats are a straight drop from the shoulder, not "fitted, " and her coats fit her in the shoulders properly. The middle of the contrasting band seemed to hit her waist, and sat in a place to give it an elegant look. Perhaps it all comes down to a matter of taste about how a straight coat should look? In my experience, when straight coats are worn too close to the body, they just look too small. I do wonder why there appeared to be some felt interfacing on the outside of the collar when it was worn turned up.

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  77. Meghan seems to like a straight cut in her coats. They are not designed with empire or princess seams and therefore are not "fitted" in the way that garments with those types of features are. I think all of her coats have fitted her properly. The style of the coats are a straight drop from the shoulder, not "fitted, " and her coats fit her in the shoulders properly. The middle of the contrasting band seemed to hit her waist, and sat in a place to give it an elegant look. Perhaps it all comes down to a matter of taste about how a straight coat should look? In my experience, when straight coats are worn too close to the body, they just look too small. I do wonder why there appeared to be some felt interfacing on the outside of the collar when it was worn turned up.

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  78. I am sad that Charlotte felt she had to post the warning regarding vicious comments. The hate out there is most disheartening, but comes from the lowest denominator of society.
    On to happier topics. First, I just love the picture of the young Queen Elizabeth, she was, and still remains, a beauty. Meghan looked beautiful today, and she fits right in with the Royal Family. Her outfit was perfect for the occasion, a true duchess in the making.

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    1. I am happy Charlotte gave a warning because I think in general Meghan is always lovely when it comes to her style or personality and approach. I do not understand the vicious comments and the subtle demeaning comments which all amounts to cyber bullying to be honest. It looks like she knows what she wants to wear each occasion, and has fun in the process and we get to enjoy.

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    2. It still remains sad to me, because it shows that our society has a long way to go with regards to racial intolerance, gender equality and human kindness in general.

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    3. Oh I see what you mean Tedi, and I agree with you. That's why I also appreciate Charlotte for giving a warning because it shows that we do not condone that kind of behavior.

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    4. The comments on the BBC website are disgusting. It’s very sad to see. I look forward to Maghan’s service to her adopted home. Proud to be an American and I think Diana would be delighted to the fresh breeze in her baby boy’s life.

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    5. All of this made The Queen's Commonwealth message of Inclusion & acceptance of diversity so much stronger, than it would be at another time. She & her family are setting an important example of doing just that & I saw her as now having an even more personal stake in those words, for her own family! xo

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  79. Very well chosen outfit, lovely, well done to all!

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  80. I am impressed with how good Meghan's posture is--she reminds me of Queen Letizia in that regard.

    It's wonderful to see Harry looking so happy!

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    1. They are both very slim and that helps. Even if.. Letizia has always very contracted-looking, close-to-rhe-ears shoulders.
      I think Meghan looks more relaxed.

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  81. Hmm i love the meghan is totally in confidence not in the past engagement she is not nervous just like the old time i love the outfit and overall she fantastic hm i love her syles are totally her she knows what she wearing on each occasion hmm the duchess in making

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  82. I adored Meghan's chic look today. How adorable were her tiny three-stone earring studs?
    They remind me of a design by the American jeweler Wwake, except a bit more curved rather than linear. Bravissima, honey!

    And bravissima to you, too, Charlotte. We all need to be mature in our comments...and we can still have fun without resorting to petty comparisons. Try it; you'll feel so much better leaving the nastiness behind.

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  83. I couldn’t help thinking how overwhelming it would have been simply to be in Westminster Abbey, listening to fanfares and that huge organ resounding throughout the place - let alone sitting behind the Queen, but she seemed really engaged and moved by such a great service.
    Very chic look today, she managed to effortlessly combine her natural style and keep it polished for an occasion as important as this. I did wonder about the collar being up showing the raw white felt, but that was a very minor thing, and possibly that’s one of Meghan's stylish quirky things she does to own her style. The beret hat was a great touch too - and again I’m imagining for someone who’s probably never worn formal hats before it’s a ruddy minefield to start wearing big elobarate concoctions, I’m sure she’ll start branching out and experimenting in the fullness of time.
    Thanks for a really informative post today Charlotte (as usual!) and I hope the bottle of red wasn’t needed when editing all these comments x

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      I agree Mr D — as an American I can assume that much like me (where our similarities end ;)) Meghan has not had many occasions to require a hat. Heck - the only time I’ve ever worn a hat was to the Kentucky Derby. It’s just not something common at weddings, events etc here so the simple beret makes sense to me. She’ll have to ease into hats and fascinators.

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  84. Great post! I loved Meghan's look today. Wholeheartedly agree with you about the need to not pit the two royal ladies against one another. Apparently people must not like having Ronaldo and Messi on the same team??? (Sorry for the Football reference but I feel its a good allegory). People please be aware of Kate hating trolls masquerading as Meghan fans when there anything but. They only hold up Meghan to vindicate their animosity towards Kate. Simply put if you view a woman only in the context of being the 'Other' to someone you really dislike that doesn't make you a fan. Peace out!

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  85. I was so deeply touched by the spoken reflection by Jaspreet Kaur, I transcribed them:
    From the moment that you are more concerned with learning to love than to be loved,
    Positive emotions of oceanic depth will engulf you.
    And the moment that you are concerned with understanding than to always be understood,
    That’s when you will find you truly begin to learn.
    And the moment that we realize that our enemies are not physical flesh and blood, yet they are our thoughts,
    Peace will begin to conquer.
    And the moment that we overcome those enemies rather than deflecting them onto others,
    Merriment will find you.
    And the moment that you are more concerned about learning to listen 
Rather than to always be heard
    You will hear languages that you thought your mind could never fathom.

    Wise words indeed!

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    1. Thank you Jo!:) Such Beautiful Words! It reminded me to go read The Prayer of St. Francis. Such important messages. During this difficult time in our history, it would be so helpful to sit quietly with such words each day. Imagine what change could occur in us all. :)

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    2. Thank you for transcribing this, Jo in AZ. It's beautiful, isn't it?

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    3. Anonymous in Colorado13 March 2018 at 03:24

      Thank you for transcribing those profound words, Jo in Arizona! Wise words to live by!

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  86. I thought MM's coat is a very artful piece---there are little flairs away from the body at the hem, the end of the sleeves, and the turned-up collar (which is shown on the model) and they are pulled back into place with the waistband. i like that it floats a bit. And that snowy white hat fit her face perfectly. I doubt that harry and Will care what their girls wear, but for clothes watchers, this is a great day. i thought all the royals looked good. It would be a perfect time for a group photo. I love the huge hats on Anne and Camilla, and I thought Kate looked so pretty!

    Could MM's earrings be a diamond version of the three stars?

    And the Queen is just amazing! So pretty and smiling all the time! Andrew always looks grumpy but Camilla and Charles are usually very friendly looking, too. Wish I were English!!

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  87. Meghan looked perfect and polished today! I love her non-fussy simple yet tres chic style. I loved the popped collar. Its those little touches that will make her fashion choices very fun to watch as she continues to develop her royal style.

    When it comes to comparisons between Meghan and Kate, only the cold of heart could not see that the two ladies have a rapport and seem to like each other. It was nice to see Meghan's genuine smile when Kate looked back to check on her. I hope their bond strengthens and grows. Let Kate BE Kate and let Meghan BE Meghan! The World is large enough for us all!!

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  88. I think she looks blooming lovely today- a real senior royal in the making! I love the size of this beret on her- great scale and I look forward to more of these in the future. Does anyone think she looks a bit like Princess Marie of Denmark in her style? Here's hoping we might also see Harry and Meghan at Windsor for Easter!!!

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  89. Indeed she is. Each member of the venerable Firm brings his or her own gifts. The Queen so often has that look of total attention to the person before her. If Meghan takes cues from HM, she can never go wrong bringing her own enthusiasm and kindness to work.

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  90. I loved, and still do, reading your blog about Kate and I'm sure this one is going to be just as lovely. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into these blogs.

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  91. Beautiful! Cream and navy is a classic combination and it works wonderfully for Meghan.

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  92. So classy! Love the hat & smile:) she's simply delightful!

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  93. She looked absolutely amazing today!!!!!!!

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  94. If her coats are always too big looking maybe that’s the way she likes her coats. Kind of like Kate and her love of buttons.

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  95. These may be the earrings - LOVE this designer!

    https://www.catbirdnyc.com/jewelry/earrings/white-diamond-triple-stone-studs.html

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  96. Man is she gorgeous! That video of her smiling at Harry singing, her smile is just dynamite, that bone structure, sparkling eyes, what a beautiful girl!

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  97. Maybe it’s only my two Mojitos talking, but may Harry never give up the beard!! ❤️❤️

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  98. I wonder if she had thoughts of May 19th as she walked down the aisle? What a surreal experience this must have been for her.

    On the fashion front, I love the dress, bag and shoes. As far as the coat is concerned, I don't think it fit properly; the waist could have been snugger and more flattering and the collar (worn as she did today) was not ideal. In close ups, the fabric suggests that it was not meant to be seen.

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  99. Emmy from Oregon13 March 2018 at 03:31

    I loved Meghan's hat, hair, dress, shoes, look -- but not a fan of the coat. Although the model shows it is intended to be worn with the collar popped, it looked wrong somehow -- like the collar had a slightly different color and wasn't supposed to be worn up. Perhaps it was a trick of the light. I also don't care for the fit. It looks like it should be snug around the waist, but it hung loosely. I'm okay with a loose coat, but I think it looks odd with that belted style. But I'm getting so excited for more and more royal events with Meghan!!!

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  100. Just a side comment. Does anyone have a better smile then the Queen. I think it has only improved with age.
    Makes me happy just looking at her.

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    1. So true. An it's genuine.

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    2. Agreed, Granny. She’s a treasure ❤️

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  101. What an exciting (and probably nerve-wracking) day for her! I feel like this would be more intimidating than publicly attending church with the RF for the first time during Christmas at Sandringham. If she was nervous, she didn't look it- at least from the pictures, I haven't watched the videos. Well done, Meghan!

    I think she looks so lovely and well put together. I love the simplicity of her dress and coat, she looks polished and I think the Navy and white are great together. I just have the tiniest quibble with her hat, which is strange because I'm American and have never worn a hat like this in my life.

    I just feel like it lacks dimension and detail and without it, it resembles a plain white pancake beret that doesn't really add anything to her overall look. Oh well, plenty of other times to get it right!

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  102. Charlotte, thank you for the wonderful blog! It's the best! Meghan and Kate looked so beautiful today.

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  103. I really like her style. So chic and modern.

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