The band’s all here. Meghan Markle, now officially the Duchess of Sussex, boarded the royal train for her first official solo excursion with Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, June 14, for yet another stylish outing.
While the Queen opted for a lime green outfit to brighten the streets of Chester, England, her new granddaughter-in-law returned to her wedding dress designer for the meet-and-greet with locals. The piece, a nude-hued design by Givenchy creative director Claire Waight Keller, featured a black belt and caped shoulders. She paired the outfit with a matching clutch bag by the same brand and the Perfect 100 Pump by Sarah Flint, a favorite shoe designer of the British royals.
However, the true eye-catching accessory of the day was Markle’s wedding band and engagement ring both neatly stacked on her finger. Kensington Palace first revealed the origin of the Duchess of Sussex’s band on her wedding day to Prince Harry on May 19.
“Ms. Markle’s ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen,” the statement read at the time. Welsh Gold is a century-old tradition within the royal family that has been included in both the rings of the late Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
Unlike his brother and father, Harry has also opted to wear a wedding band with his piece comprised of textured platinum. Both Markle and Harry’s rings were crafted by Cleave and Company, the Queen’s favorite jeweler and the same brand that designed the former actress’ three-diamond engagement ring.
As recalled, Harry was the one to design the ring last fall. “The ring is obviously yellow gold, that’s her favorite,” Prince Harry said to BBC. “The main stone itself is from Botswana. And the little diamonds on the side are from my mother’s jewelry box collection to make sure she stays with us.”
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