Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend new exhibition in honor of Nelson Mandela
The Duchess of Sussex is a picture of elegance in a chic designer trench-dress
After wearing mostly British labels on her recent tour of Ireland, the Duchess of Sussex chose to support a Canadian brand on at an exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, on the 17th of July 2018, as could be seen on Kensington Palace's Twitter
Duchess Meghan wore a sleeveless trench dress from the Canadian label, NONIE. The buttoned-up dress is a piece from her own pre-Royal wedding wardrobe.
The Duchess bought the outfit it from the Calgary-based designer, Nina Kharey, while living in Toronto, just before she moved to London in the fall of 2017.
The double-breasted dress, with a cut reminiscent of a trench coat, is in an elegant beige, and Duchess Meghan accessorized with a coordinated clutch bag and heels, simple stud earrings and her chignon. Prince Harry donned an elegantly tailored pale gray suit jacket with casual pants.
Their Royal Highnesses hear a performance from the Ubunye Choir, which is made up of people from the South African diaspora. pic.twitter.com/BwcEC1gN36— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 17, 2018
“Seeing Meghan Markle wear the NONIE Trench Dress today with such elegance and grace is beyond exciting! Her continuous support of Canadian brands is remarkable, and it is a true honor to be the first Canadian based ready-to-wear designer she has worn since her wedding earlier this year.”
Nina Kharey, Creative Director of NONIE
Kharey, whose main inspiration was Eastern Europe and India, launched her minimalist fashion brand NONIE in 2008.
She declared that she was honored and overwhelmed to see the Duchess wearing her NONIE coat-dress at an event in which she was representing the Royal Family.
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At the Mandela Centenary Exhibition, Prince Harry, 33, and Duchess Meghan, 36, met one of Nelson Mandela's close friends Andrew Mlangeni, 93.
Mlangeni was accused of sabotage against the then-apartheid government and spent 26 years imprisoned on Robben Island, along with Mandela.
Their Royal Highnesses hear speeches and meet people celebrating the official opening of the exhibition that will launch two days ahead of @southbankcentre’s Africa Utopia festival. pic.twitter.com/f5ZvKpZXpx— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 17, 2018
Also present was Thembi Tambo, daughter of the anti-apartheid activist Oliver Tambo. Thembi is now the South Africa High Commissioner to the U.K.
The Royal couple were also introduced to Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, who spoke about her grandfather's heroic fight for her country's freedom, and of her grief at his loss.
This was the Royal couples' first public appearance after their successful two-day visit to Dublin, Ireland, and the Duchess of Sussex's day out at Wimbledon with the Duchess of Cambridge where they watched the women's singles final, where Angelique Kerber won her third Grand Slam singles title, defeating Serena Williams, who is a personal friend of Duchess Meghan's.