The Queen teamed up with Meghan Markle for their second joint engagement in less than two weeks, as they joined Prince Harry to host a reception at Buckingham Palace tonight.
The newlyweds accompanied the monarch for a star-studded ceremony, attended by A-listers including David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry, to present awards to winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders for 2018.
The newly-minted Duchess of Sussex, 36, drew comparisons to her sister-in-law Kate with a curly new ‘do, wearing a powder pink dress teamed with a pair of sensible black courts.
The double-breasted Prada number featured a thin belted waist, a peplum-effect bodice and an asymmetrical skirt, and looked strikingly similar to the Carolina Herrera ensemble she wore for Trooping the Colour.
Guests at tonight’s event, held in the palace’s opulent ballroom, included model Neelam Gill, boxer Nicola Adams, YouTuber Caspar Lee, presenters Ore Oduba and Tina Daheley, and chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, former Prime Minister Sir John Major.
They came together on Tuesday in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Young Leaders Awards. Prince Harry, who was recently named an ambassador of the organization, addressed the 61 honorees with a heartfelt speech about their contributions to their communities.
The Young Leaders program, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of young change-makers from across the Commonwealth.
This year’s cohort, from across 38 countries, have been lauded for working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues from supporting people living with mental health problems to access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change.