12 March 2020

A Final Bit of Royal Markle Sparkle

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to the United Kingdom recently to carry out a final slate of royal engagements, and we've got a look at the jewelry Meghan wore to bid the royal world farewell.




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On Thursday, March 5, the Sussexes attended the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London. The rainy weather produced a rather remarkable group of photos during their arrival. Light, rain, umbrellas, and two beautiful people -- a good recipe for a great picture.


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For the awards ceremony, Meghan embraced the royal trend that's sweeping the jewelry world, wearing a pair of small, simple gold hoop earrings. It's tough to see, but the earrings, made by British jeweler Roxanne First, feature an embossed snakeskin pattern.


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She also accessorized her Victoria Beckham dress with a new rose gold bracelet from Jessica McCormack. The bracelet is set with a single half-carat diamond.


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On Friday, March 6, Meghan made a surprise visit to the Robert Clack School in Dagenham, where she attended a special assembly ahead of International Women's Day. Dagenham played a key part in the struggle for equal pay for women in Britain, so the location was an appropriate one. You can read excerpts from Meghan's speech at the assembly here.


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You'll spot a gold necklace on Meghan here. It's the (very affordable) Kismet Charm Pendant from Edge of Ember, and it features a clover and a lucky number 7.


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She also wore her rose gold and diamond Jessica McCormack bracelet again, as well as several slim gold rings.


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Meghan and Harry arrived at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, March 7, to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music. The festival brings together world-class musicians, composers, and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. This year's performance celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, as well as the 80th anniversary of the formation of the British Commandos.


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Meghan wore a spectacular red gown by Safiyaa for the occasion.


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With the crimson gown, she wore a pair of red-toned earrings. The earrings, made of acetate and crystal beads, are from Simone Rocha. The company describes the color of the earrings as "bordeaux."


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Here's one more view of the earrings; this angle emphasizes the small crystal flower embellishments.



On Sunday, March 8, the Sussexes joined the Queen for a church service in Windsor.



Meghan chose another pair of affordable earrings for the service. The circle drop earrings, made by V by Laura Vann, are the brand's "Daphne" design. The earrings, which are made of black enamel and gold-plated sterling silver, are set with cubic zirconia and synthetic emeralds.


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On Monday, March 9, the couple attended their final royal engagement: the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. (We covered all the royals at the service over here!)


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Meghan made her official royal exit wearing vibrant green and diamonds. The earrings, which have been a favorite pair of hers for years, are the Snowflake Snowstorm design from Birks.


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And that's a wrap on the official royal work of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I'm sure we'll continue to see them pop up at prominent occasions for years to come, but not as working members of the royal family. As I wrote earlier, I'm sad that we'll likely never see Meghan in full royal gala dress, but I'd ask that (as always!) we keep the comments here a) respectful, and b) related to jewelry. Thanks in advance, everybody!