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Meghan Markle dons regal red and purple on royal visit to Birkenhead

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/01/2019 14:11:00 Fay Maschler
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The Duchess of Sussex brought sunshine to Merseyside on Monday morning as she stepped out with Prince Harry in Birkenhead wearing a bold red and purple ensemble.

Choosing to forgo her typically muted colour palette, Meghan embarked on the couple's first joint engagement of the year wearing a bright violet-coloured dress paired with a pillarbox red coat and matching stilettos.

The vibe may have been joyful, but with a careful mix of Canadian, British and American brands, Meghan's sartorial diplomacy was still very much at play.

Her wide collared wrap coat was from Sentaler, a Canadian brand she has worn several times before. The coat, made from baby alpaca fabric, costs £1085 and while the red colourway doesn't seem to be available to buy, the same style is still available to buy in blue, black and the same camel style which Meghan wore to the Christmas service at Sandringham back in 2017. Shop it here.

Meghan Markle in a red coat standing in front of a fence: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in Birkenhead (AFP/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedMeghan, Duchess of Sussex in Birkenhead (AFP/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Sussex perfectly colour matched her £292 Stuart Weitzman court shoes (currently sold out online) to the coat, proving that matchy-matchy looks are still in style.

Under the coat she wore a purple midi dress from Canadian brand Babaton by Aritzia. Channelling 2018's Pantone ultraviolet colour of the year, the dress features a bracelet sleeve and somewhat racy thigh split. It's sold out online, which is perhaps unsurprising given it was just $49.99 in the sale.

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Meghan added a little quirkiness to the look with fashion girl favourite Gabriella Hearst's Demi bag in Cognac. The £1,495 boxy leather bag is sold out everywhere online, but you can add your name to the waiting list on Hearst's website here.

a person wearing a red shirt: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in Birkenhead (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedMeghan, Duchess of Sussex in Birkenhead (PA)

In terms of jewellery, she kept things simple, choosing to re-wear a pair of small gold stud earrings by British jeweller Pippa Small which she had previously worn to attend the British Fashion Awards. The 'Nosheen' earrings cost £50, and are still available to buy online here.

The couple, who are expecting their first baby in the spring, travelled from London to visit organisations that support and empower groups within the community. Their first stop was to view a brand new sculpture of wartime poet Wilfred Owen and unveil a plaque commemorating their visit.

They will also meet with local veterans and members of the public before heading off to various community groups including Tomorrow Women's Wirral - which supports women in vulnerable circumstances - and youth charity, Hive Wirral Youth Zone.

14. tammikuuta 2019 16:11:00 Categories: Evening Standard Länsiväylä Puheenaihe

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