Commonwealth Day: Kate in Catherine Walker, Meghan in Victoria Beckham

A royal fashion face-off! Kate recycles a five-year-old Catherine Walker coat for Commonwealth Day service while Meghan dons £1,200 Victoria Beckham dress – and both opt for statement hats

  • Royal family descended on Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day service
  • Duchess of Cambridge opted for an old red Catherine Walker coat dress 
  • While the Duchess of Sussex wore an altered Victoria Beckham midi dress 

The wives of Windsor opted for two very different looks when they joined the royal family for a Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey today.

The Duchess of Cambridge plumped for an old favourite, recycling a vibrant red Catherine Walker number she first wore in 2014.

Kate, 37, turned heads in the knee-length button down coat, which she wore in New Zealand five years ago, and her classic go-to suede heels.

Fresh from a busy morning at Canada House, her sister-in-law performed a quick outfit change, swapping a green Erdem coat for a chain print Victoria Beckham dress and matching accessories from the same designer.

Meghan’s cream midi is a custom made take on a £1,191 piece from the label’s forthcoming AW19 collection, altered to accommodate her growing baby bump. 

While Victoria Beckham does not specialise in bespoke pieces, celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage believes the coat alone is worth an estimated £4,000, plus a further £2,000 for the custom bag and shoes.

Meghan performed a quick outfit change, swapping a green Erdem coat for a chain print Victoria Beckham dress and green satin pumps as she arrived at Westminster Abbey

Kate opted for her classic go-to suede stiletto heels and managed to keep her hat firmly on her head as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for a Commonwealth Day service on Monday

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The Duchess of Sussex has debuted not one, but two dreamy designer outfits today by Erdem and Victoria Beckham, but her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, lived up to her thrifty reputation as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day service.

Kate looked radiant red Catherine Walker coat that she wore way back in 2014 in New Zealand. It's instantly recognizable thanks to the striking color and two rows of military-inspired gold buttons running down the front. When teamed with Emmy London accessories, it's a typically chic look.

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Kate, 37, first wore the Catherine Walker number New Zealand five years ago (pictured in Wellington in April 2014), but swapped her statement headpiece for a different hat

The sleeveless style had a fitted waistline that flares into a midi-length hem and appeared to have been taken up at the neckline for modesty.

The Duchess of Sussex, also 37, teamed her floaty cream dress with a matching coat and statement hat, adding green satin pumps and a matching clutch. 

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For her first engagement of the day, Meghan, who is eight months pregnant, chose a coat and matching dress by Canadian designer Erdem, teamed with £485 Aquazzura pumps, as she arrived at Trafalgar Square with Prince Harry. 

The bottle green wool number by the Montreal-born designer featured black embellishment on the cuffs and collar, described by the label as ‘Doria beaded rose embroidery’ – coincidentally the name of Meghan’s mother.

Lady in red! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived shortly after Meghan and Harry. Kate opted for a bold red jacket which fell beneath her knees and buttoned right down to her waist – keeping her warm in the chilly weather conditions 

Meghan, who is expecting her first baby in late April, donned a cream Victoria Beckham outfit and her dress featured an array of locked chains as she arrived at Westminster Abbey

Taking Meghan’s hand, Prince Harry helped the mother-to-be along the cobbles as they made their way inside Westminster Abbey in London on Monday afternoon

Meghan, 37 and Prince Harry, 34, were amongst the first to arrive. They joined other members of The Royal Family at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey today

It is a custom piece inspired by a look from Montréal-born Erdem Moralioglu’s Autumn/ Winter 2019 collection, inspired by the late Italian Princess Orietta Doria Pamphilj, and the entire ensemble is estimated to have cost around £8,000 by celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage.  

Meghan teamed the look with a Givenchy clutch, £568 Maison Birks opal earrings and a £363 Kismet by Milka bracelet.

The Commonwealth represents 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people and 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development.

Outfit one: The Duke and Duchess arrive at Canada House on Monday morning. Los Angeles native Meghan lived in Canada, her ‘second home’, for over six years while filming for Suits

The couple are all smiles as they arrive in Trafalgar Square this morning. During their visit today, the couple will have the opportunity to talk to groups of young Canadians

Harry and Meghan arrive at Canada House after being announced as President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, an organisation promoting young people

In her message to mark Commonwealth Day, the Queen has praised how the family of nations inspires its member states to find ways of protecting the planet and its citizens. 

Millions of people are ‘drawn together’ because of the collective values shared by the institution, the Queen says in her address to the countries of the Commonwealth. 

The written message is featured in the order of service for the annual Commonwealth Day service being held at Westminster Abbey. 

The Queen was also joined at today’s service by Prince Harry, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York and the Prince of Wales.

Other guests among the 2,000-strong congregation include the Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland, alongside high commissioners, ambassadors, faith leaders and more than 800 schoolchildren and young people, and Prime Minister Theresa May. 

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