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Meghan Markle Just Surprised Her Wedding Dress Designer With an Award

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex presents the award for British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award to Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images)

Unannounced too! The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle made an unexpected appearance Monday night at the British Fashion Awards—and for a sweet reason.

The expectant royal was on deck to present her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award, the highest honor within the category. Markle was joined by Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike as she took to the stage as part of the surprise moment.

“It is such an honor to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.,” Markle announced as she beamed and cradled her baby bump. The audience below, filled with some the industry’s finest, cheered in response as Keller warmly hugged the Duchess before delivering a heartfelt speech.

“This woman is so amazing,” the creative director of Givenchy noted. “I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life… I can’t thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 10: Clare Waight Keller is watched by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Rosamund Pike as she speaks on stage after receiving the award for British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award for Givenchy during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty Images)

The event took place at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London. The guest of honor looked resplendent in a black one-shoulder floor length gown that draped over her growing baby belly.

Keller, of course, is the force behind Markle’s now historic wedding gown: a simple silk crepe gown featuring a bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and a sculpted waist with a train comprised of triple silk organza.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.