After gathering for the 2019 Festival of Remembrance, the royal family again led the nation in a moment of tribute during the annual wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph this morning. This year’s Remembrance Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the first two-minute silence observed to commemorate Armistice Day on 11 November, 1919. While the Queen took in the Whitehall service from a nearby balcony, the Prince of Wales laid a wreath on her behalf.
For the solemn occasion, the Duchess of Sussex wore a belted wool coat from Stella McCartney’s autumn/winter 2019 collection, adding a demure wide-brimmed hat over her signature low bun for the service. In accordance with tradition, she stood with the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband, to watch the procession from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.
Of course, Meghan has a long-standing relationship with Stella McCartney – famously beginning with her second wedding dress, a halterneck bias-cut gown designed by the sustainable house for the royal wedding last May. The British designer’s clean cuts and simple silhouettes, not to mention the brand’s ethical production practises and eco-conscious materials, marry impeccably with the Duchess’s elegant style and consideration for global causes.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a tailored military-style coat to stand on a balcony with the Queen and the Countess of Wessex. Kate accessorised the look with a dark fascinator embellished with netting as well as a Codebreakers Brooch – most likely a nod to her grandmother Valerie, who worked in signal intelligence at Bletchley Park during World War II. The Duchess also donned her signature pearl and diamond earrings for the moving outing.