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
The Queen, 92, and Camilla, 71 both arrived in a deep purple ensemble and accessorised with pearls
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 a bespoke all-white ensemble by Victoria Beckham, complete with a chain-print dress, coat, bag and shoes, believed to have cost £9,000.
It was a stark contrast to the bottle green Erdem wool dress and coat – also estimated to have cost £9,000 – that she donned when she visited Canada House in London with Prince Harry earlier today, bringing the total cost of her outfits for the day to £18,000.
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 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.
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 and was seen to hail the value of international co-operation in what is likely to be interpreted as another royal remark on Brexit.
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.
‘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.’
Prime Minister Theresa May, who also spent her afternoon at Westminster Abbey marking Commonwealth Day alongside the Queen, read a passage from the Bible that could be viewed as significant to Brexit.
Reading from Corinthians 12: 14-26, she told the congregation: ‘The body does not consist of one member but of many… If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.’
Her 11th hour dash came as EU sources said ambassadors of the 27 member states were told a deal over the Irish backstop had been done with Britain on Saturday – but was rejected by ministers 24 hours later.
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.
The Queen’s rich purple coat and dress with velvet trimming was by Angela Kelly, which she completed with an Amethyst shield brooch, while Camilla opted for a Bruce Oldfield suit and Philip Treacy hat.
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.
The Duchess of Cambridge admired the dress worn by Grace Chatto of the group ‘Clean Bandit,’ who entertained royalty with the song ‘Symphony.’
Meghan’s £18K day of Commonwealth engagements
The Duchess of Sussex continued her high-end designer parade as she arrived at Westminster Abbey in bespoke Victoria Beckham, bringing her outfit tally for the day to an estimated £18,000.
At Canada House this morning Meghan wore a custom-made green embellished coat and matching dress by Canadian designer Erdem, estimated by celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage to have cost around £8,000.
Meghan teamed the look with a Givenchy clutch, £568 Maison Birks opal earrings and a £363 Kismet by Milka bracelet, bringing the total cost of the stylish outfit to almost £9,000.
She then performed a quick outfit change, donning a chain-print Victoria Beckham dress and matching accessories from the same designer.
While Victoria Beckham does not usually create bespoke pieces, Lucas believes the coat alone is worth an estimated £4,000 and the dress £3,000, plus a further £2,000 for the custom bag and shoes – bringing the total to £9,000.
Earlier today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 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.
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.
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.
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