Thursday, 6 September 2018

Meghan dazzles in blue! Duchess and Harry are greeted at concert to mark the end of WWI by ex-Army head Lord Dannatt who was personally responsible for the Prince in Afghanistan

  • Meghan arrived wearing a dress by Jason Wu for tonight's gala concert which is called 100 Days to Peace 
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by the former head of the Army at Central Hall Westminster
  • Tonight's concert is in aid of three charities supporting military veterans who are facing mental health issues
The Duchess of Sussex brought out her glamorous side in a dress by Jason Wu as she attended a gala concert tonight.
Meghan, 37, accompanied her husband, Prince Harry, to 100 Days to Peace, a musical evening in aid of mental health charities organised by the Royal Armouries, the nation’s collection of arms, armour and firearms, to mark the century of the end of the First World War.
The couple arrived at Central Hall Westminster by car - ten minutes late because of the large crowd - and were greeted by Lord Dannatt, former head of the British army, who is also a trustee of the Royal Armouries and a friend of the prince.
The duchess wore a sheath dress by Jason Wu, a favourite designer, incorporating soft pleats and ruffles. She paired it with vertiginous sling back heels by Aquazzura, with crystal detail on the rear.  Harry was in a sombre navy suit.
He was personally responsible for Harry’s first tour of Afghanistan when he was in the military and he and his wife, Lady Dannatt, attended his and Meghan’s wedding.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold hands as they arrive at Central Hall Westminster for Thursday evening's charity concert

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold hands as they arrive at Central Hall Westminster for Thursday evening's charity concert
Meghan brings out her glamorous side in a blue dress by Jason Wu paired with deeper blue heels for the London concert 
Meghan brings out her glamorous side in a blue dress by Jason Wu paired with deeper blue heels for the London concert 
Harry and Meghan are greeted by former Army head Lord DannattMeghan carried a black clutch purse
Harry and Meghan are greeted by former Army head Lord Dannatt (left) while Meghan carried a black clutch purse (right)
The peer, accompanied by his wife tonight, spoke warmly with the royal couple before they entered the Great Hall for the show.
The concert is an evening of music and reflection in aid of three charities all working to support military veterans facing mental health challenges.
The charities are Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Heads Together – The Royal Foundation's campaign and mental health initiative. 
The first half included two performances by Lesley Garrett; 'He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven' – a poem by WB Yeats published in 1899, and the opening lines from ‘For the Fallen’, written by Laurence Binyon in 1914 and adapted by Sir Karl for 100 Days to Peace.
It also brought together Samuel Bordoli's The Great Silence, written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War, with the charity Remembered, featuring their 2018 Armistice installation 'There But Not There'.
For the second half, Sir Karl Jenkins will conduct his internationally acclaimed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the turn of the millennium to create a legacy of peace and hope for the future, this will be the only performance of The Armed Man in England in 2018 to be conducted by Sir Karl himself. Harry and Meghan stand for the national anthem ahead of the concert marking the centenary of the end of World War I 
Harry and Meghan stand for the national anthem ahead of the concert marking the centenary of the end of World War I 
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand for the national anthem along with the crowd at the Central Hall Westminster tonight
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand for the national anthem along with the crowd at the Central Hall Westminster tonight
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for the evening concert wearing the elegant blue dress and slingback high heels 
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for the evening concert wearing the elegant blue dress and slingback high heels 
Harry and Meghan walk up the stairs to the Great Hall with Lord Dannatt and his wife at Thursday evening's concert
Harry and Meghan walk up the stairs to the Great Hall with Lord Dannatt and his wife at Thursday evening's concert
Harry and Meghan climb the stairs at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London, for the concert on Thursday 
Harry and Meghan climb the stairs at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London, for the concert on Thursday 
Lord Dannatt speaks to Harry and Meghan as the royal couple arrive for tonight's charity concert in central London 
Lord Dannatt speaks to Harry and Meghan as the royal couple arrive for tonight's charity concert in central London 
The music will be performed against a backdrop of Hefin Owen’s film of The Armed Man.
During the intermission, Their Royal Highnesses will meet some of the evening's performers at a reception in the Presidents Room, as well as representatives from the three charities, and the Royal Armouries' Trustees and sponsors.  
At a reception during the interval an animated looking Meghan and Harry meet with soprano Lesley Garrett and conductor Sir Karl Jenkins.
Lesley said: ‘We said yes before we knew the Duke and Duchess were going to be here as we both believe mental health is such an important issue.
‘My husband is a doctor and he has been talking about the importance of looking after our mental health as much as our physical health for some time. It’s all about wellness.
‘The two Princes, the way they have spearheaded the issue of mental health through their Heads Together campaign, has been inspirational. ‘ 
The duchess wore a sheath dress by Jason Wu, a favourite designer, with vertiginous sling back heels with crystal detail 
The duchess wore a sheath dress by Jason Wu, a favourite designer, with vertiginous sling back heels with crystal detail 
Meghan arrives in the car for the 100 Days of Peace concert which she is attending with Prince Harry on Thursday evening
Meghan arrives in the car for the 100 Days of Peace concert which she is attending with Prince Harry on Thursday evening
Meghan arrives wearing the Jason Wu dress at the concert with Prince Harry in the 100th year since the end of World War I 
Meghan arrives wearing the Jason Wu dress at the concert with Prince Harry in the 100th year since the end of World War I 
The royal couple walk from the car to the central London theatre for the Thursday evening gala concert
The royal couple walk from the car to the central London theatre for the Thursday evening gala concert


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