Melania Trump turns to Meghan Markle's go-to designer for final UK state visit dinner

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
In a bid to strengthen sartorial ties with the royal family, Melania Trump chose a Givenchy gown [Photo: Getty]

Proving she’s well-versed in the art of diplomatic dressing, Melania Trump flew the American flag in a red cape-sleeved gown at tonight’s final state visit dinner in London.

It’s interesting to note that the dress is by one of the Duchess of Sussex’s favourite designers, Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy - certainly one way to strengthen sartorial ties with the royal family.

The 49-year-old chose to accessorise the £5,610 sequinned gown, which is surprisingly still available to shop online, with co-ordinating shoes and loose regal curls.

Royal fans were also quick to note that the gown bears striking resemblance to the £1,095 Safiyaa cape dress the Duchess of Sussex wore in Fiji during her royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in autumn 2019.

The US First Lady chose a sweeping red caped gown for the state dinner [Photo: Getty]

This evening’s reciprocal dinner at Winfield House sees Donald Trump play host at the residence of American Ambassador, Woody Johnson, with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as guests of honour.

The Duchess Of Sussex wore a similar caped gown in sky blue on October 23, 2018 [Photo: Getty]

Prince Charles chose a smart tux for the event while the Duchess of Cornwall opted for a cream-hued gown with matching pearls.

The presidential couple were joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall [Photo: Getty]

But this marks just another triumph from the First Lady who has continued to pull out all of the fashion stops during the couple’s three-day trip.

READ MORE: Everything Melania Trump has worn on the UK state visit so far

Last night, Trump chose a SS19 Christian Dior number for a Buckingham Palace banquet.

Further demonstrating her wardrobe know-how, she finished the headline-gracing ensemble with elbow-high gloves and a chic updo Her Majesty was sure to approve of.

The First Lady chose a SS19 Christian Dior gown for last night's Buckingham Palace banquet [Photo: Getty]

The fresh-from-the-runway look set the sartorial tone for the evening with the likes of the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall also wearing the neutral shade.

READ MORE: Why Melania Trump didn’t curtsy to the Queen

Tomorrow will mark Donald and Melania Trump’s final day in the UK with the couple expected to visit Southsea Common in Portsmouth for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

They will be joined by the Queen and Prince Charles for a national commemorative event before flying back to the United States.

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