On Wednesday, 25th April 2018, Meghan and Harry attended a service to mark Anzac Day at the Wellington Arch in Central London.
Anzac Day honours the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who’ve served and died in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. It is observed on 25 April each year. The London service was organised by the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions.
It was an early start for the couple, the Dawn Service took place at 5.00 am local time, just as the sun was rising.
During the service, Prince Harry laid a wreath at the war memorial with a handwritten note reading “for all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. Thank you.Harry”. It’s likely that Meghan’s name was left off the note as she is not yet a member of the Royal Family.
The couple were also welcomed to the service by Te Ataraiti Waretini, a member of the London Maori Club, with a ‘hongi’, a traditional Maori greeting that involves a soft pressing of noses and the sharing of each other’s breath.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Ms Waretini said she wasn’t sure if it was her first Maori ceremony but Meghan did “very very well”. She added, “it was really lovely to meet her and share the breath of life and share our culture with her and Harry.”
For the Anzac Dawn Service, Meghan wore a grey double-breasted coat from Canadian company Smythe.
The coat is currently available for pre-sale, but it won’t ship until October 2018. It costs $995 USD.
Smythe describe the piece as follows:
Recently worn by Meghan Markle, this best-selling coat features a stunning shoulder detail, high back vent and contrast dark buttons.
Can’t wait that long or looking for a jacket suitable for spring? A number of retailers stock the shorter Smythe Pagoda blazer. You can find it in military green at Shopbop, Nordstrom and Amazon. It can be purchased in a nude-pink shade from Intermix.
Meghan paired the storm grey coat with black accessories, including a dress and a wide-brimmed hat that are as-yet unidentified. In this photo, you can the dress has a pleat or tie on the front:
Meghan fans will notice the former actress has brought back her Gucci Dionysus clutch bag for the Dawn Service. (Meghan first carried the bag during a public engagement earlier in the month.) The black bag features a Gucci signature Dionysus tiger plaque in an antique silver tone metal with crystals. Plus, the bag comes with a removable shoulder strap.
The black velvet clutch bag comes in a number of size options. I believe Meghan carries the ‘super mini’ version, which can be purchased from Gucci.com for £695. Net-A-Porter.com stock the medium sized version in black suede for £1,790 / $2,500.
Meghan wore her Sarah Flint Jay 85 Pumps for the service.
The handcrafted black suede pumps feature a tortoiseshell print heel. They’re made in Italy using time-honoured techniques. According to The Cut, Flint’s shoes are made in the same factory as Manolo Blahnik’s and Oscar de la Renta’s.
Unfortunately, it’s proving very difficult to find a clear shot of Meghan’s earrings, so I do not have details on those at this time!