It is the first time that the Duchess of Sussex, 37, has attended the official Armistice Day service at the Cenotaph and she was placed on a separate balcony to Kate, 36, who stood side-by-side with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The pregnant Duchess, who is expecting her first baby with Prince Harry in the Spring, looked deep in thought as she observed the one-minute’s silence to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Wearing what is thought to be a black Givenchy coat with shoulder-cap detail and a black velour pill-box hat, Meghan opted for an all-black ensemble for the historic event.
The 37-year-old wore her hair tied neatly back in a bun and simple stud diamond earrings. On her coat, the Duchess of Sussex wore just one, single flourishing poppy.
While the Queen, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge stood just metres away, Meghan joined the German president’s wife Elke Büdenbender as the pair watched the German leader lay a wreath to remember the lives lost in the First World War.
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The Duchess of Sussex, looked pensive as she observed the one-minute’s silence at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall this morning, her first appearance at the annual commemorative event. The pregnant royal opted for a modest all-black ensemble, with a single poppy the only hint of colour
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, went for a military style Alexander McQueen coat with details including silver buttons around the waist and a cream collar. The mother-of-three appeared emotional as she watched Princes Charles, William and Harry lay wreaths at the Cenotaph this morning
Dressed entirely in black bar the flourish of a red poppy, the Duchess of Sussex stood next to Elke Büdenbender, the wife of the German president, as she attended the First World War Centenary commemoration event
Wearing cluster pearl earrings, a striking black velour hat and a trio of poppies plus an enamelled poppy brooch, Kate opted for bolder attire, with a military theme fitting for the historic event. The mother-of-three stood between Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall and at times during the minute’s silence, appeared to bite her bottom lip with emotion
The Queen observed the service from a nearby balcony alongside the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall
Meghan cut a respectful figure dressed entirely in black, with low-key make-up and simple stud diamond earrings her only jewellery
The Duchess, expecting her first child in the spring with Prince Harry, wore a single poppy – the only colour on her outfit – to mark Britain’s war dead as she stood on the Foreign Office balcony
With their wives watching from above Prince William and Prince Harry – stood next to Prince Andrew (second from left) and Prince Edward (left) – fell silent before the Cenotaph in their full military uniforms
Charles laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of his mother for the second year in a row while an equerry will lay a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh
Prince William’s wife looked deep in thought as she watched the politicians and members of the royal family below
Nerves? At time the Duchess, in a black coat with shoulder-cap detail, played with her neatly-tied-back hair as she read from the official ceremony booklet. Right: Meghan looks down as the wreath-laying begins
Wearing a fitted black coat, thought to be by Givenchy, the royal, 37, showed the merest hint of a baby bump as she watched Prince Charles lay a wreath at the Cenotaph
The Prince of Wales (pictured left) and Prime Minister Theresa May (shown right) were both present at the ceremony to lay down wreathes
The Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row
Appearing nervous at times, Meghan was seen fussing with her hair as the wreath-laying service began.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared on a separate balcony, standing side-by-side with the Queen and Camilla.
The Queen, 92, asked Prince Charles to once again take on her duties as she observed the service from above.
The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a military-style outfit by Alexander McQueen, with silver buttons and a cream-collar for the sombre event.
She wore a striking black velour hat tilted to the right, and cluster pearl earrings. The Duchess wore her hair french braided and then pinned neatly into a chignon.
Wearing three paper poppies clustered, Kate also had a deep-red metal poppy brooch pinned to her coat, as did the Duchess of Cornwall.
The mother-of-three appeared emotional as Britain fell silent to remember its war dead, biting her lip at one point and looking straight ahead as the Reveille blasted out to mark the end of the commemorative silence.
The Prince of Wales led the rest of Britain in remembering Britain’s war dead, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row.
The pregnant Duchess, who announced her engagement to Prince Harry last December and married in May this year, raises her eyes to look straight ahead from her position in White
Meghan watches Britain’s war veterans, dignitaries, politicians and royal family from the Foreign office balcony
The Duchess of Cornwall and Kate both wore a cluster of three paper poppies around a poppy brooch, while the Queen marked the occasion with a five-cluster of paper poppies and a diamond poppy brooch in white
The Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent all laid tributes to Britain’s veterans.
In a historic act of reconciliation, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also laid a wreath, marking the first time that a German leader has taken part in the annual proceedings since the Cenotaph was inaugurated in 1920.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump joined French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin at an Armistice Day ceremony in Paris, along with more than 60 other world leaders.
The Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row.
The Queen appeared comfortable in the companionship of Kate and Camilla, with Prince Philip absent from the occasion. The Duke of Edinburgh has rarely missed the commemorative event.
Big Ben, which has been silent since renovations to the Elizabeth Tower began in August last year, struck at 11 o’clock to mark the hour the Armistice was signed.
Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined Prince Charles in laying wreaths as Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince Harry and Prince William looked on in full military uniform.
Crowds started lining the Mall in central London early on Sunday morning ahead of a ‘people’s march’ this afternoon.
Wearing poppies and carrying wreaths, hundreds gathered from 9am to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.
Big screens were erected so those waiting can view the Cenotaph service.
The march will proceed around St James’s Park before turning into Whitehall, where 10,000 people are expected to stream past the Cenotaph.