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What to Expect from Meghan Markle’s First Overseas Royal Trip

The last time Meghan Markle was in Dublin, where she’ll return for a two-day tour alongside Prince Harry this week, was four years ago. She was a successful actress at the time with a role on Suits as well as a counselor for One Young World, an international organization committed to helping young people, Meghan spoke passionately to thousands of young people gathered for the charity forum about the importance of gender equality in the workplace.

One Young World managing director Ella Robertson remembers Meghan as someone who lit up the room. “She was impressive to listen to, she was passionate about gender equality and women’s rights, and she was determined to bring about change in the TV industry.” Fast-forward to today, when Meghan will return to the city of which she once said she wanted to see more as a new member of the royal family. Now the Duchess of Sussex, her values and principles remain the same. Meghan proudly describes herself as a feminist on the royal family’s Web site, and the couple’s scheduled meeting with female tech entrepreneurs on the second day of their tour reflects one of her key interests. The royal couple’s meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President of Ireland Michael Higgins are an indication of just how much influence they potentially have as a couple, and their sensitive roles in promoting Britain overseas as the country prepares to leave the E.U.

This, their first official overseas trip, will be a litmus test for the future. The Queen, who has taken a close interest in Meghan and invited her to Chester for an away day last month, will no doubt be watching the visit closely.
While the tour, at the request of the British Foreign Office, is snack size compared to the eight-day trip to Canada William and Kate did just weeks after their wedding, it will be an invaluable practice run for the couple’s forthcoming Commonwealth tour later this year. The Sussexes are traveling with a substantial entourage of 11, but compared to Meghan’s first away day with Her Majesty, the trip is expected to be more relaxed. Courtiers said the couple is looking forward to meeting members of the public and learning about Ireland’s rich history through visiting organizations that are “central to Irish life.” Meghan will also return to Croke Park, where she attended the One Young World summit back in 2014. It is the home of Ireland’s largest sporting organization, and the couple will see a Gaelic sports festival and have the chance to see artifacts from the Bloody Sunday massacre at the park’s museum which they will visit on Wednesday. The itinerary will see the Sussexes cram multiple engagements into their two-day tour, which starts Tuesday evening and includes a summer party at the British Ambassador’s residence where Harry will deliver a speech.

On Wednesday, the couple will meet President Higgins before viewing the historic Book of Kells, housed in the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College alongside the oldest harp in Ireland and 200,000 rare books. They will also visit the Famine Memorial on the bank of the River Liffey to learn more about Ireland’s 19th-century famine before heading to the EPIC museum to learn about the country’s 10 million emigrants. Their last engagement will be a visit to Dogpatch Labs, a co-working space for start-up companies where they will talk to female tech entrepreneurs and take part in a coding workshop.

The newly married Sussexes have wasted no time getting down to work. After attending a garden party days after their May wedding, they joined the Queen for last month’s Queen’s Young Leaders Awards and last week they attended a Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at London’s Marlborough House. On Tuesday, hours before their departure for Dublin, they joined Her Majesty as well as William and Kate for the RAF’s historic 100th-anniversary celebrations.

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Photos: July 10 – Royal Visit Dublin – Day One

Today, (July 10 2018) marks the start of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ’s Royal Tour of Ireland! They arrived in Ireland on Tuesday for a two-day tour at the request of Queen Elizabeth II’s Government.Meghan stepped off the plane in a gorgeous forest green Givenchy number, which she paired with nude pumps and a camel-colored Strathberry tote.

The lovebirds are currently in Dublin, where they will visit various organizations central to Irish life. According to Kensington Palace, this includes a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, a summer garden party at the British Ambassador’s home and visits to the Famine Memorial, Trinity College, DogPatch Labs and EPIC, the Irish Emmigration Museum.

Later they were greeted by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings where they sign the visitor book.

For their last engagement of the day The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a Summer Garden Party at the British Ambassador’s Residence.

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Photos: July 10 – RAF centenary

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s very busy week continues this morning. After attending Prince Louis’s christening yesterday, the newlywed couple stepped out for today’s Centenary of the Royal Air Force Westminster Abbey service. Harry was in RAF uniform, while Meghan wore a fitted bespoke Christian Dior A-line dress with a boatneck, paired with Cartier earrings and a matching Stephen Jones hat. The two were joined by Kate Middleton, making a rare appearance during her maternity leave, and Prince William. Later they watched the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

After today’s full schedule, Meghan and Harry head to Dublin for a two-day official visit. While there, they will attend a Gaelic sports festival, and visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, and pay tribute to those who died at the Famine Memorial. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also meet with government leaders while in the country.

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Photos: July 09 – The Christening Of Prince Louis Of Cambridge

Today, (July 09, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gathered at St James’s Palace with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the rest of their families for The Christening Of Prince Louis Of Cambridge. The private ceremony was viewed by Prince Charles and Camilla as well as the Middleton Family and Prince Louis’s Godparents – Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Laura Meade, Robert Carter, and Lucy Middleton. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh did not attend. After the service guests went back to Clarence House for tea and cake. I have added 9 high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!

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Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge Reception

Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the reception in London which celebrated young people from around the Commonwealth — including representatives from a group from those countries they will visit in the fall: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

The event marked an opportunity for Harry, 33, who was made the Youth Ambassador for the organization of 53 countries linked to the U.K. in April, and Meghan, 36, to hear more about how the inspiring and empowering young leaders who have been working together to help shape the future.

Meghan wore a bright yellow Brandon Maxwell sheath dress.

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Photos: June 30 – Audi Polo Challenge

Meghan Markle was all smiles as she cheered on Prince Harry and Prince William at the Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot on Saturday.

The Duchess of Sussex looked effortlessly chic while wearing a cotton gingham “Ashland” dress designed by Shoshanna Gruss. The sleeveless summertime dress came down to just below Meghan’s knees, and also featured eyelet details and a sweet bow tied around her waist. Meghan paired her dress with a pair of “Grear” leather sandals from Sarah Flint NY, which retail for $245.00, a pair of sunglasses, and a white-and-black Madewell x Biltmore panama hat.

Accompanying her to the Coworth Park Polo Club were friends Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, who were both in attendance at Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in May.

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Photos: June 26 – Young Leaders Awards Ceremony At Buckingham Palace

This evening, (June 26, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Queens Young Leaders Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony celebrates young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. During the event Prince Harry who was made the The Queen’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador in April gave a speech, saying in part:

… I, together with my wife Meghan, look forward to convening young people from around The Commonwealth to hear your ideas, work with you to build platforms for you to collaborate and form partnerships, and continue to meet with many of you as we travel around in our work on behalf of The Royal Family. We look forward to meeting many of you this evening – but we also hope to see you in action in your home countries someday too…

You can read his full remarks here.

After the awards ceremony Harry and Meghan met with a group of the Queen’s Young Leaders and supporters during a reception including those from Australia, New Zealand and Tonga which they will be visiting on their fall tour.

I have added 15 high quality photos to the gallery with more to come soon. Enjoy!

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Photos: June 19 – Royal Ascot – Day 1

Today, (June 19, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended Royal Ascot. Meghan arrived for the festivities in a carriage along with Prince Harry, Prince Edward, and Countess Sophie. They presented the trophy to owner John Gunther after Without Parole won the St James’s Palace Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot. Meghan again wore a Givenchy look, after working with the designer for both her wedding and her dress for her day with the Queen. And, as she has for nearly all her major events since becoming a royal, Meghan decided to wear a dress in the white-cream-beige family, as she chose a white collared dress, accessorized with a white and black Philip Treacy hat.

Today Kensington Palace confirmed that they are heading to the Irish capital on July 10 and 11. We are getting a small tour.

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Photos: June 16 – Wedding Of Celia McCorquodale And George Woodhouse

Yesterday, (June 16, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were attending the wedding of Prince Harry’s cousin, Celia McCorquodale, as she married George Woodhouse at a small church in Lincolnshire. Celia is Harry’s first cousin, the daughter of Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Diana’s oldest sister (Diana was the fourth of five children). The bride celebrated her big day in a princess-style dress and the Spencer tiara—the one Diana wore when she married Prince Charles 1981. Meghan wore an Oscar de la Renta dress to the wedding.

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Meghan Markle Joins the Queen For Her First Royal Outing Without Harry

Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle arrived in Chester Thursday morning to excitable crowds who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty and the newest member of the royal family. The Queen wore a green coat by Stuart Parvin and a hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, while Meghan wore Givenchy, also the designer of her wedding gown. As they disembarked from the royal train, Meghan walked a step behind the Queen, adhering to protocol, and seemed to be a little nervous. As she was greeted by David Briggs (the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire) she told him, “I’m very happy to be here.”

Meghan’s somewhat-signature messy bun was nowhere to be seen; she wore her hair sleek and down, and also carried a clutch, both moves that may well have been cribbed from her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, who has been giving Meghan fashion advice since the spring.

Having spent the night together on the royal train, the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex pulled into Runcorn Station just after 10:30 am local time where they were met by a waiting car and driven to Mersey Gateway Bridge, a new six lane toll bridge over the River Mersey. Hundreds of people had queued for hours and cheered as the monarch and Meghan arrived at the bridge to meet architects, planners and community members. It is the first time Meghan has accompanied the Queen on a solo engagement, and Vanitiy Fair has learned that Meghan was personally invited by the Queen. Aides say that the away day is intended to show Meghan “the breadth of work the royal family carries out.”

The schedule has been carefully co-ordinated to reflect traditional elements of a royal day out along with a dash of culture which included music and performances. The Queen and the Duchess watched local school children perform a show called “Bringing Communities Together: Hatton’s River Crossings Over the Ages,” before the Queen unveiled a plaque to declare the bridge officially open.

From the bridge the royals headed to Storyhouse, a new theatre and library in the centre of Chester where they were given a tour of the building and observed a 72-second moment of silence in tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. On the way they stopped to watch a Syrian settlement group doing traditional craftwork and the second performance of the day, a dance by Fallen Angels, a local theatre group for recovering drug addicts. They then headed into the theatre to watch some set pieces from a production of A Little Night Music and see schoolchildren from local primary schools perform songs alongside actors from Swallows and Amazons. The Queen unveiled another plaque before making her way outside with Meghan to make the short walk to Chester Town Hall, where they were guests of honor for a lunch at Chester City Council.

Meghan’s first walkabout with the Queen was a great success. While Meghan was instructed to walk to the left of the crowds, the Queen greeted members of the public lined up on the right, accepting posies and chatting with royal fans. Keen not to dawdle, Meghan kept up a brisk pace as she shook hands and greeted people along the route. There were cheers for Her Majesty and Meghan as they made their way into the lunch.

The Queen seemed in an especially cheerful mood, smiling frequently, and spoke with Meghan often. In public engagements the Queen usually initiates conversation, but Meghan, who often turned to the Queen for a cue on what to do, seemed to need a bit of a guiding hand, and the Queen was more than happy to give it.

Today is the next step in a steep learning curve for Meghan, who has had a fast track introduction to royal duty since marrying into the royal family on May 19. She attended her first engagement, a garden party to honor the Prince of Wales, just three days after the royal wedding, and is expected to embark on a busy program of engagements now that the couple have returned from honeymoon.

Until now Meghan has always had Prince Harry by her side but today she was following in the Queen’s footsteps.

Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/