Meghan and Harry have paid tribute to Britain’s war dead during a ceremony at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey. It was Meghan’s first appearance at the ceremony, where she and Harry planted crosses to pay their respects to British servicemen and women who died serving their country.
Harry was dressed in his Household Division ceremonial uniform while Meghan looked stylish in a long belted navy coat with a poppy pinned to one lapel, knee-high black Tamara Mellon boots, matching leather gloves and a navy headpiece with veil.
The couple wore solemn expressions instead of their customary smiles in keeping with the poignancy of the ceremony, however they exchanged some kinds words afterwards with veterans from all areas of the Armed Forces.
Meghan enjoyed a good chat with 96-year-old Elizabeth Hershel, a widow who wore her late husband Stanley’s WWII medals and her own medals from when she served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
Herschel had some sound advice for Harry in light of the couple’s struggles with negative press. “I told him you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends, and he said ‘I will remember that’,” she said.
Meanwhile, Kate and Wills had an important visit of their own, heading to St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London where they met survivors of terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire and made a short speech marking the official inauguration of the charity.
Like Meghan, Kate also looked smart in navy. She chose a long-sleeve belted dress and black pumps.
William gave a speech at the launch, saying, “Just now and on previous occasions, it has been humbling to speak to survivors of the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, the Cumbria floods, the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters here in the UK. Their stories are as heart-breaking as they are inspiring. Their resilience and strength are deeply humbling.”
William is due to give another speech this evening London time at the London Air Ambulance charity gala in central London.
William worked as a pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance, and became a patron of the London organisation in January. At the special 30th anniversary gala tonight he will also meet Air Ambulance crew members, former patients and other supporters.