The Duchess of Sussex celebrated the launch of the Grenfell charity cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook with a laid back luncheon on the grounds of Kensington Palace. The marquee setup was reminiscent of an outdoor wedding tent and felt very relaxed and casual.

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Likely drawing on her California roots, the duchess almost certainly had a hand in styling the bohemian-rustic trestle tables with their calligraphy-centric menus and bright blossoms (Meghan is a peonies fan and loves pink flowers in particular).

As a foodie and former lifestyle blogger, Meghan knows the importance of creating a cozy and welcoming ambiance for entertaining. And Meghan did not disappoint for the cookbook launch. Indeed, the duchess likely approved of the individual gold tassel handwritten menus detailing the down to earth sharable lunch options like vegetable samosas, beef casserole, chicken curry and puff pastries.

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For the community focused gathering, the group sat together with Prince Harry sitting next to Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland while Meghan sat across the table. Guests likely enjoyed the small candle votives, eclectic vases with dahlias and roses as well as the yummy food. The informal and intimate shared dining space likely felt very comfortable for the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen and the duchess herself as they had grown to be friends over the last nine months as they produced the cookbook and shared recipes and visits together.

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The buffet food was pictured by royal correspondent and guest of the launch Hannah Furness who wrote, “Don’t like to show off guys but HELLO” in describing her decadent plate full of tasty dishes from the party.

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Furness also showed the group gathered in what appeared to be giant group hug at the end of the meal. A tiny bit of the tent is still visible with poles wrapped in what appears to be red and white streamers.

Hannah Furness

For the afternoon celebration, Doria opted for a long sleeve light tan sweater with slacks as well as fringe peach and tan shawl and heels by Stuart Weitzman called the Clara (thanks to Susan for the information). The Duchess of Sussex wore a Smythe cobalt blue long maxi wool coat in the color ‘zephyr’ along with a Misha Nonoo pleated skirt and a black TUXE turtleneck bodysuit.

Read about Meghan’s complete cookbook party fashion HERE

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