The Royal Foundation Meghan as Patron
Since : May 2018
Following her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017, Meghan has become involved in the work of the Foundation, and became its fourth patron following her marriage, on 19 May 2018. The Royal Foundation programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.
On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013, Prince Harry saw first-hand how the power of sport can help physically, psychologically and socially those suffering from injuries and illness. He was inspired by his visit and the Invictus Games was born. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury. The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
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Kensington Palace has officially announced that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will be attending the Queen’s Young Leaders awards at Buckingham Palace next Tuesday, June 26. This event marks the second engagement with the matriarch over the span of just two weeks.
The awards will recognize a select group from the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, an initiative that celebrates young people across the Commonwealth nations who are making strides in their communities. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and Harry, have openly spoken about their desire to work with young people in the 53 Commonwealth nations, and they’ve made good on that promise.
The Queen and the Duchess will be joined by the Duke of Sussex for the event which will be held at Buckingham Palace, London, England. The Duke himself was given the title of Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by his grandmother the Queen in April. The event will see the monarch, who is head of the commonwealth, host a reception at her London home to present awards to her Young Leaders. By the way, both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will work both in the UK and abroad to highlight the value of the Commonwealth, and are understood to be planning a number of foreign tours to member states. The upcoming event will hopefully give the young Duchess further opportunity to cement her close bond with the Queen.
Yesterday, June 19th, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the day 1 (out of five) of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. They arrived along with other members of the royal family as part of a procession of horse-drawn carriages, which were led by the Queen herself, that signals the start of each day of the event. Later that day, Harry and Meghan presented the winners cup to breeder John Gunther after his horse Wihout Parole ridden by Frankie Dettori wins the St James’s palace Stakes at Day 1.
Meghan wore a white Givenchy dress for her debut at the event, which is known for its long list of sartorial rules that include that no outfit should be above the knees or strapless and either a hat or fascinator is obligatory as well.
Yesterday, Meghan & Harry attended Celia McCorquodale and George Woodhouse’s wedding in Stoke Rockford, Lincolnshire. Celia is the cousin of Harry as the daughter of Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Our lovely Meghan was wearing an Oscar de la Renta white & blue floral printed dress with white Aquazzura wedding shoes.
The Duchess of Sussex has visited the city of Cheshire for her first royal engagement with The Queen. First, they arrived by Royal Train at Runcorn Station and drove to Widness to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge. Then, they visited Storyhouse, which is a theatre, cinema and library based in Chester’s historic city centre. At lunch time they’ve eaten at Chester Town Hall before The Duchess of Sussex joined the Mayor of Chester as Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a plaque.
Yesterday, Meghan and Harry have attended the Trooping the colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.
Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The Queen’s official birthday. The streets are lined with crowds waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. Her Majesty is then joined by other Members of the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past by the Royal Air Force and it was the first time The Duchess of Sussex was seen on this balcony!
“A Coat of Arms has been created for The Duchess of Sussex. The design of the Arms was agreed and approved by Her Majesty The Queen and Mr. Thomas Woodcock (Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England), who is based at the College of Arms in London.
Her Royal Highness worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was both personal and representative.
The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess’s home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words.
Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.
It is customary for Supporters of the shield to be assigned to Members of the Royal Family, and for wives of Members of the Royal Family to have one of their husband’s Supporters and one relating to themselves. The Supporter relating to The Duchess of Sussex is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.
A Coronet has also been assigned to The Duchess of Sussex. It is the Coronet laid down by a Royal Warrant of 1917 for the sons and daughters of the Heir Apparent. It is composed of two crosses patée, four fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves.
The arms of a married woman are shown with those of her husband and the technical term is that they are impaled, meaning placed side by side in the same shield.
Mr. Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms said: “The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design. Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the Arms of The Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal Arms. Heraldry as a means of identification has flourished in Europe for almost nine hundred years and is associated with both individual people and great corporate bodies such as Cities, Universities and for instance the Livery Companies in the City of London.”
This afternoon, Meghan and Harry have attended The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Garden Reception held at Buckingham Palace in London. The purpose of this party was to celebrate the work of The Prince’s Charities in the year of His Royal Highness’s 70th Birthday. This event was their first official engagement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Kensington Palace has released Meghan and Harry’s official wedding portraits. These photographs were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle following the carriage procession and in the Green Drawing Room with their Bridesmaids and Page Boys.
Our new married couple have left Windsor Castle in an open-top Jaguar E-Type for their evening wedding reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House. Meghan was spotted in a new white gown designed by Stella McCartney and shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin. She was also wearing a large aquamarine ring on her right hand, which belong to Princess Diana and must be a wedding gift from Harry.
And they’re married! Congratulations to our lovely couple, i wish them all the best for the future!
The celebrations began earlier this morning with more than 2600 guests and amongs them a lot of celebrities were seen such as the cast of Suits, Priyanka Chopra, David & Victoria Beckham, Tom Hardy… After the ceremony, Meghan & Harry were seen kissing on the steps of the St Georges Chapel. Then they left in an Ascot Landau riding through the streets of Windsor and waving to the crowd. More than thousands of people were waiting to see them and share their joy with the couple. Later in the day, Sir Elton John has performed at the Lunchtime Reception. The Reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen took place at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle.
Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.
Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.
The veil is five meters long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza.
The veil is held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893.
The wedding shoes are based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.
Prince Harry handpicked several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock.
The Bride’s bouquet is a petite design, pulled together in a gentle, ethereal, relaxed style with delicate blooms also including scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle, all bound with a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon.
Ms. Markle’s hair was styled by Serge Normant, with make-up by long-time friend and make-up artist Daniel Martin.