Kate and Meghan join the Queen for Commonwealth Day service

Kate and Meghan join the Queen for Commonwealth Day service

Sealed with a kiss! Heavily pregnant Meghan and lady-in-red Kate exchange a VERY warm greeting as they arrive at for Commonwealth Day service with the Queen at Westminster Abbey

  • The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex reunited in public for the second time since Christmas Day
  • Kate, 37, and Meghan, 37, were all smiles as they arrived alongside William, 36, and Harry, 34 on Monday 
  • Commonwealth Day service also attended by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke of York
  • Harry and Meghan kicked off Commonwealth Day with a visit to Canada House in London earlier this morning

It was a royal reunion for Kate and Meghan today as the two Duchesses attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, and were seen greeting each other with a friendly kiss on both cheeks.

Kate and her pregnant sister-in-law, both 37, exchanged the warm greeting as they gathered at the entrance with other senior royals, awaiting the arrival of the Queen and Prince Charles.

It is the second joint engagement for the pair in under a week, coming just days after they attended a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

Meghan was among the first to arrive, and looked elegant in an all-white ensemble, complete with a chain-print Victoria Beckham dress, coat, bag and shoes. 

It was a stark contrast to the bottle green Erdem wool dress and coat that she donned when she visited Canada House in London with Prince Harry earlier today. 

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge looked very much the lady in red in a recycled Catherine Walker coat and matching dress, which she previously wore in New Zealand in 2014, and a Gina Foster pillbox hat.

After meeting with dignitaries outside, the royal pair shared the friendly greeting as they took their seats, suggesting a thawing of their rumoured frosty relationship. 

The Commonwealth represents 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people and 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development.

In her message released ahead of Commonwealth Day, the head of state has praised how the family of nations inspires its member states to find ways of protecting the planet and its citizens.   

Meghan, 37 and Prince Harry, 34, were amongst the first to arrive. They joined other members of The Royal Family at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey today

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This morning she attended an event at Canada House wearing a bespoke green coat and dress by Erdem, based on designs from his AW19 collection, before changing into a completely different outfit for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

Meghan looked ultra chic as always but this time she opted for a dress, bag and shoes by Victoria Beckham. This cream chain print midi is a custom made take on the label's forthcoming AW19 line and we love the elegant shade and floaty fit.

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Meghan, who is expecting her first baby in late April, looked glowing in a cream chain-print Victoria Beckham dress and jacquard coat 

Lady in red! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived shortly after Meghan and Harry. Kate opted for a recycled bold red jacket Duchess of Cambridge looked very much the lady in red in a recycled Catherine Walker coat and matching dress, which she previously wore in New Zealand in 2014, which fell beneath her knees and buttoned right down to her waist – keeping her warm in the chilly weather conditions 

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for her classic go-to suede stiletto heels and managed to keep her hat firmly on her head – unlike Prime Minister Theresa May who was almost blown away by a strong gust of wind

The Queen opted for a bold purple ensemble as she donned a matching hat and coat which she completed with a silver jeweled broach and a patent black bag (above)

Millions of people are ‘drawn together’ because of the collective values shared by the institution, the Queen said in her address to the countries of the Commonwealth. 

The written message was featured in the order of service for the annual Commonwealth Day service which was held at Westminster Abbey.

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The Queen, who has been the Head of the Commonwealth, throughout her reign, said: ‘In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people.

‘We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of co-operation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw.

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    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were all smiles as they made their way inside for the service at Westminster Abbey. Wearing four rows of pearls around her neck, Camilla opted for the same deep purple as the Queen

    Just like the Queen, Camilla also completed her ensemble with a statement hat. She accessorised with a pearl necklace and a black leather bag and gloves

    The Dean greeted Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York as they arrived on a very windy Monday afternoon

    Queen Elizabeth II flashed a grin as she was greeted by dignitaries before making her way inside to the special service – which marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population, of whom 60 percent are under 30 years old

    As Prince William engaged in conversation with one of the dignitaries, a gleaming Kate listened on, clutching her pretty flowers

    Taking Meghan’s hand, Prince Harry helped the mother-to-be along the cobbles as they made their way inside Westminster Abbey

    The pair couldn’t keep the grins off their faces as they joined senior members of the royal family and leading figures from national life at the Commonwealth Day service today

    Something in the distance caught the attention of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they headed inside to Westminster Abbey

    Kate accessorised her smart red for with a Gina Foster pillbox hat and wore her hair neatly tied back to prevent it blowing in the wind

    The Duchess of Cambridge clutched a colourful bouquet of flowers as she spoke to a young well-wisher as she departed the Commonwealth Service

    Donning a black pair of black velvet gloves, the Queen clasped a bright bouquet and the order of service book as she leftthe service this afternoon

    ‘With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.’

    The Queen was joined at the Commonwealth Day service by Prince Harry, Prince William, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York and the Prince of Wales.

    Other guests among the 2,000-strong congregation included the Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland, alongside high commissioners, ambassadors, faith leaders and more than 800 schoolchildren and young people, and Theresa May. 

    The Prime Minister made a bold statement in a blue patterned coat and coordinated hat and heels, as she tackled the cobbles during her arrival – and finished the look with a gold cuff and colourful pebble necklace. 

    Meanwhile, the Queen and Camilla, 71, both donned a similar deep purple ensemble with matching statement hats  and pearl accessories for the service.

    Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year, as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people.

    The theme for this year’s service was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ which highlights the co-operation between the culturally diverse family of nations who work together in friendship.

    The beautiful bright flowers which adorned the Abbey represent the 53 Commonwealth nations, while female British Mauritian dancers based in London who enjoy performing Sega, a joyful and lively expression of the Mauritian way of life, performed outside the Abbey ahead of the royal arrivals.

    Highlights of the service included performances by Grammy-winning group Clean Bandit and tenor Alfie Boe.

    Holding a silk green clutch in her left hand which coordinated with her shoes, Meghan leaned forward and engaged in conversation with a young girl who was dressed all in red

    The mother-to-be shook hands with one of the many well-wishers who waited outside as she left the ceremony this afternoon

    Meghan and Prince Harry are pictured leaving after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day in London

    The Queen donned accessorised her purple ensemble with matching pearl earrings and necklace as she celebrated Commonwealth Day

    Queen Elizabeth II was pictured holding some pretty posies which matched the shade of her bold outfit

    As Prince William engaged in conversation with the Prince of Wales, Meghan watched on as Kate and Camilla also exchanged words inside the Abbey

    Camilla’s velvet knot-tie coat blew open in the wind before she made her way inside with the Prince of Wales

    Prime Minister Theresa May opted for a bold blue look as she arrived today. She donned a blue patterned coat and coordinated with her hat and heels – and finished the look with a gold cuff and colourful pebble necklace

    Former Prime Minister John Major attended the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on Monday

    A reflection was given by Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer, ocean advocate and the UN Patron of the Oceans.

    As Kate left the special service, she engaged in conversation with a young girl who appeared to show off something on her colourful T-shirt.

    Meanwhile, Meghan clutched her silk green bag and a bright bouquet of flowers in one hand, and leaned forward and shook hands with a well-wisher with the other. 

    The engagement comes after a busy morning for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who, in their new roles at the forefront of the ‘family of nations,’ visited Canada House in London at an event to showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians in the UK earlier today.    

    Meghan, who is eight months pregnant, paid tribute to Canadian design in a Erdem coat and matching dress, teamed with £485 Aquazzura pumps, as she arrived at Trafalgar Square with Prince Harry this morning.

    The bottle green wool number, featuring black beaded detail on the cuffs and collar, is a custom piece inspired by a look from Montréal-born Erdem Moralioglu’s Autumn/ Winter 2019 collection.

    Protective father-to-be Harry guided his pregnant wife out of the car and onto the curb, before Meghan put an affectionate arm on his back as the couple made their way into the building.

    The duke and duchess, who are expecting their first child next month, took part in the Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy (maple syrup cooled on snow to make sweets) as part of a traditional cabane à sucre (sugar shack).

    Before departing, they were given gifts for Baby Sussex; a £14.29 Canadian maple leaf baby bodysuit from Hop & Moo and a pair of £42.86 Manitobah Mukluks infant moccasins.

    Later in the evening, Charles and Camilla will be guests of the Commonwealth Secretary-General at the annual reception which traditionally takes place on Commonwealth Day at Marlborough House, the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the institution’s civil service. 

    US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (above) was engaged in conversation as he made his way into Westminster Abbey for the service

    Britain’s Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom joined the Queen as he arrived for the special service – which is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK

    Lady in red! Grace Chatto (left), the cellist for Clean Bandit, was joined by other band members Jack and Luke Patterson. They will perform during the service later today – along with the likes of the talented Alfie Boe

    Jeremy Hunt dressed for the chilly weather conditions as he dons a smart black coat for his arrival at what will be the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people

    Aga Khan cracked a smile as he joined the many guests at the service – which will praise how the family of nations inspires its member states to find ways of protecting the planet and its citizens

    Baroness Floella Benjamin tackled the cobbles in her high heels as she headed inside to join an array of guests at the Commonwealth Day service

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