The Sussexes join the royal family for Commonwealth Day service

Jessica Davis
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From Harper's BAZAAR

The royal family attended a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was their final official duty as senior members of the royal family.

The Queen, head of the Commonwealth, was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan chose an emerald Emilia Wickstead cape dress for the occasion, worn with a hat by William Chambers, chic mini-bag by Gabriela Hearst, and nude stiletto pumps by Aquazzura.

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Meanwhile, Kate wore a red coat dress by Catherine Walker with a co-ordinating floral headpiece, matching clutch and heels.

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Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth nations, most often held on the second Monday in March. Every year a multi-faith service is held at Westminster Abbey in celebration.

It's an annual marking of the Commonwealth of Nations – 53 countries that were previously a part of the British Empire, as well as Britain itself and its overseas territories, according to iNews.

Originally known as Empire Day, it's celebrated by over two billion people, or about a third of the world’s population. It's celebrated around the world with street parties, parades, debates, flag-raising ceremonies and other festive activities.

Prince Andrew was absent from this year’s ceremony, following the controversy surrounding his relationship with sex offender Jeffery Epstein. The prince stepped away from his royal duties at the end of last year, expressing regret at his "ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein".

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