Day two of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s Ireland visit is well underway, with the newlywed American taking the opportunity to make a sartorial statement about her approach to royal dressing. Since tying the knot with Prince Harry on May 19, the former Meghan Markle has embraced chic, elegant dresses and sophisticated separates in neutral hues, blending contemporary details with nostalgic silhouettes in a move that has seen her likened to a modern Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. And her latest royal engagement is no different, with HRH stepping out in two ensembles each imbued with her refined, pared-back aesthetic.
Following her arrival in Dublin on Tuesday wearing symbolic green Givenchy, before turning to Emilia Wickstead for a contemporary, black midi, the duchess on Wednesday donned a number by her close friend, Roland Mouret. For a visit to the official residence of President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Meghan sported a boatnecked, taupe-grey midi with a waterfall ruffle falling effortlessly from her waist. The dress was a long-sleeved version of the midi Markle wore the night before her wedding to Prince Harry, with the latter instead crafted in a navy hue. HRH is known to have a long friendship with the French designer, after first meeting in a lift in Istanbul, though this is the first time the duchess has worn his eponymous label since officially joining the royal family.
Teaming the dress with black pumps, a low bun, and a Fendi handbag, Meghan joined Prince Harry to greet President Higgins, as well as the politician’s two Bernese mountain dogs. “Thank you to the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Mrs Higgins (and Bród and Síoda!) for the warm welcome at Áras an Uachtaráin,” Kensington Palace captioned a snapshot of the foursome. Following a quick outfit change, the Duke and Duchess visited Croke Park, home of Ireland’s largest sporting organization, the Gaelic Athletic Association. The location is also the site of the 1920 Bloody Sunday massacre, and was visited by the Queen during her visit to Ireland in 2011.
Her Royal Highness swapped her dress for a tailored, black power suit by Givenchy, leather pumps, and a classic white tee, and traded in her updo for tousled waves. The couple, who are on their first overseas engagement since tying the knot, toured the ground and mingled with several young footballers. During a party on Tuesday night, held at Glencairn House in their honor, Prince Harry delivered a speech marking the significance of the trip for he and his new wife. “Standing here with you on this beautiful evening, it is easy to see why Ireland has such a special place in the hearts of my family and indeed all those who come here,” the royal said, according to the Daily Mail. “We’re so pleased to be here, for our first official international visit together as a married couple, and we hope it will be the first of many.” While in Dublin, the couple will visit sites “central to Irish life”, according to Kensington Palace, such as Trinity College and the Irish Emigration Museum.