The Duchess of Sussex today visited the Oceania exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This outing is an especially significant one as not only is it Meghan’s first solo royal engagement but it’s also the first ‘anniversary’ of Prince Harry and Meghan’s debut as a couple at the Invictus Games last year. The one-year mark into the royal fold is an important milestone for Meghan as it means she’s essentially graduated from duchess bootcamp.

It’s very fitting that exactly one year after Prince Harry and Meghan made things official that the Duchess of Sussex would start engagements as a solo act. Today, Meghan is  attending the Oceania exhibit as a fitting prelude to her October royal two-week tour with Prince Harry. Not only will Meghan enjoy a special preview but she will also watch performances and explore the art and culture of the Pacific Islands. The exhibition includes artwork by indigenous artists and craftsmen over a 500 year period and is one of the largest collections of traditional and contemporary Māori, Polynesian and Melanesian art ever to be displayed in the United Kingdom.

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The Duchess of Sussex will enjoy performances like those by Ana and Takeinivula from Fiji as well as Tongan dancers. There are also blessing and dance ceremonies being conducted outside of the Royal Academy.

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Today, the Duchess of Sussex chose an elegant black Givenchy mid-length dress in black wool crepe with pleated silk georgette balloon sleeves and V-shaped velvet inset on the front. The velvet panel adds texture to the dress and gives it a bit of earthy, fall vibes while the sheer sleeves are just edgy enough to keep the dress from being boring or basic.

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Laura at Japanese Ginger identified the dress as being the Givenchy Midi Dress with Pleated Sleeves. The dress costs $3370 and is available on the Givenchy website HERE

The Duchess added her Aquazzura Denevue Bow Pumps. Shop the shoes HERE

And accessorized the look with Birks Snowflake Snowstorm Earrings.

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And the duchess added her Givenchy satin black clutch with a jewelry clasp.