Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations (a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states home to 2.4 billion citizens). It always falls on the second Monday in March.
A video of the ‘fab four’ arriving:
Each year, the Commonwealth decides a theme for their celebration. This year it is ‘Towards a Common Future‘:
[T]his year’s theme explores 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. — TheCommonwealth.org
The service began with a procession of flags of Commonwealth member countries and a procession of honoured guests. Then, there was a variety of hymns, musical performances, readings and prayers to represent the different religions and cultures that make up the Commonwealth.
Notably, Liam Payne performed at this year’s service. Liam rose to worldwide fame in the pop band One Direction. The singer met the Queen last year, during the Queen’s Young Leaders event at Buckingham Palace.
If you’d like to learn about the other performers and speakers, you can download the programme from the Westminster Abbey website here.
Meghan Markle’s attendance at the service was headline news for Royal fans!
It was the former actress’s first joint engagement with the Queen and the most high-profile Royal occasion she’s attended to date. Of course, Meghan will marry Prince Harry in just two month’s time.
Meghan received a posy of flowers and a curtsey from a very cute young girl.
After the Commonwealth Day Service, the “fab four” (William, Kate, Harry and Meghan) met schoolchildren who travelled from across the country.
Today was Kate’s third Commonwealth Day Service.
Kate’s outfit (and Meghan’s too):
The fit-and-flare coat is made from an acetate/viscose fabric mix. It’s currently listed on Beulah London’s website as available for pre-order. It costs £650.
The Duchess debuted the coat in 2015 for the Afghanistan Service of Commemoration –
For the Commonwealth Day Service, she paired it with her navy blue Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.
The shoes, which can still be purchased in black suede from FarFetch.com, feature a pointed toe and a slim heel.
Kate carried a coordinating clutch bag by Jimmy Choo. It’s the ‘Celeste‘ style in blue suede. The clutch is made from a soft navy suede and features a polished gold frame and matching hardware. Jimmy Choo makes the bag in two different sizes, I believe Kate carries the smaller size.
You can still purchase the blue suede bag in both the small and large sizes at JimmyChoo.com.
The company make the Celeste clutch in a number of fabrics and colours. Here are my two favourites, which I hope to see Kate carry one day: pink crushed velvet and black embellished, both available from Nordstrom.com –
Kate’s hat is by Lock & Co. It’s the Tiffany Drop Brim style. The navy blue hat is made from 100% rabbit fur felt. Lock & Co. describe the piece as a “real classic” that is “perfect for dressier social engagements.” It also comes in black and retails for £325 (around $450 USD at today’s rates).
In the photo above, you can see Kate is wearing a new (to us) brooch. She’s also wearing a matching pair of earrings. She first debuted them at The Royal Foundation Forum last month –
Sadly, nothing is known about the earrings and brooch set as yet. If I find out any further information, I’ll update this post!
Let’s take a quick look at Meghan Markle’s outfit now! The Royal-to-be chose British brands for her first Commonwealth Day Service. She’s wearing a coat and dress by London-based designer Amanda Wakeley.
The former actress carried Mulberry’s Darley bag in the small size. She’s carrying the blue colour (though the bag is available in a number of different shades).
Her hat is by London-based milliner Stephen Jones, apparently one of Princess Diana’s favourites.
Finally, MeghansFashion.com believes Meghan is wearing the Adina Reyter Three Diamond Amigos Curve Post Earrings.