Meghan Markle joins David Beckham at the royal celebration as she builds a close bond with Queen
MEGHAN Markle turned heads as joined the Queen in honouring youngsters from the Commonwealth in a sign that Her Majesty is ready to pass on her royal duties.
Meghan dazzled in a Prada nuetral dress with buttons and a black clutch as she sat next to Prince Harry.
During the Duke’s opening remarks he made his new wife giggle as she looked away and blushed, stealing the show.
The Queen wore a light green and floral dress and held a small black bag as she presented the young leaders with an award.
Before going into the ballroom she met Sir John Major, Sir Lenny Henry and David Beckham.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met inspiring young people from in the Queen’s Young Leaders programme at Buckingham Palace.
Meghan’s relationship with the Queen has gone from strength to strength as she attended the reception for the first time.
It is a sign that the Monarch is ready for Meghan to take on more royal duties as she gracefully met the youngsters.
Meghan followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana with her dazzling pale pink dress tonight at the Queen’s Youth Leader Awards.
The Duchess of Sussex channeled the Princess as she appeared with the Queen for the second time in a month.
Meghan wore a powder pink Prada dress, with a 50s twist, that had large buttons and a belt in a matching hue to the dress.
Meghan wore black sling back heels with a bow and carried a matching pink clutch.
Fashion icon Princess Diana commonly wore pale pink outfits with buttons for engagements.
The two-piece pink suits Diana wore for many of her engagements were typically paired with black shoes and simple jewellery, similar to how the Duchess dressed for tonight.
One of the many pale pink outfits worn by Princess Diana was when she was on her way in Australia.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to travel to Australia for the Invictus games later this year.
Another outfit was worn for The Daily Star Gold Awards For Courage and Bravery.
The newly-married Duchess of Sussex joined her new husband Prince Harry as they met inspiring young people from in the Queen’s Young Leaders programme at Buckingham Palace.
The role was started by the Queen and celebrates the achievements of people from around the Commonwealth.
This year’s group of young people come from 38 countries and have worked on issues ranging from supporting people with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change.
The Queen’s Young Leader Award was launched in 2014, and is it in its fourth and final year.
The programme celebrates and recognises exceptional people across the Commonwealth.
Prince Harry came a patron of the programme this year.
The Duke of Sussex said he was “hugely optimistic” about the programme’s future and for the couple to set an example for future Commonwealth generations to come.
He said: “I have really enjoyed meeting so many of them over the past four years and their passion and understanding always leaves me hugely optimistic about the future.
“I have seen time and time again that today’s generation understands something very important: that to tackle a big issue, you need to focus on the root causes of the challenge and not its symptoms.
“The Queen’s Young Leaders are having an incredible impact in their respective countries because they have adopted this mindset.”
The Queen became the Head of the Commonwealth in 1952 when was only 26 years old.
The Queen has previously spoken of the young people in the Commonwealth.
She said: “The Commonwealth can only flourish if its ideas and ideals continue to be young and fresh and relevant to all generations.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK