Meghan Markle Sat behind Kate Middleton during Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted sitting behind Prince Williams and his wife, Kate Middleton, at the Commonwealth Day Service, which was held on Monday.
In their final appearance as senior members of the royal family, Meghan and her husband, Harry, were pictured seated in the second row, behind the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
This seating order raised questions among viewers who wondered why Meghan and Harry were seated in the second row.
According to tradition, the more senior members of the royal family are to be seated closest to the altar. As observed, the royals took the same seats they did at the event last year.
Harry and Meghan's appearance at this event is their last announced engagement as royal members. The couple who left the UK for Canada last year returned recently for their final rounds of royal meetings.
They recently joined the Queen to attend a Sunday church service at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor, close to their home, Frogmore Cottage.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
The Queen, who is the most senior member of the royals, became the head of commonwealth in 1952 when she was only 26. She is also the Patron of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust with Harry as President and Meghan as Vice President.
The theme of this year's commonwealth service was "A Connected Commonwealth," and it reflected how the Commonwealth is made up of 53 countries and about a third of the world's population.
The Duchess of Sussex stole the show in an emerald caped Emilia Wickstead sheath dress.
2,000 people attended the event, with some influential figures attending. These included Prime Minister Theresa May, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, alongside high commissioners.
Ambassadors, and dignitaries from all over the UK and the Commonwealth were also present, with faith leaders, and over 800 school children, among others.
The traditional annual service was televised on BBC One and had Anthony Joshua give a speech about being a member of the Commonwealth.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
The service also had an exceptional performance from Grammy award-winning band, Clean Bandit, and Alfie Boe. There was also a performance by Alexander Burke.
While many fans wondered about what went down at the event, others couldn't help but talk about the fashion statements made by the royal ladies.
While the Queen arrived in a royal blue dress, Kate was dressed in a Catherine Walker ensemble with a hat.
Meghan, however, stole the show in an emerald caped Emilia Wickstead sheath dress and a matching green headpiece.