The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out on Tuesday (June 26) for the Queen's Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace, having been reunited following Prince Harry's trip to Lesotho this week. The royal arrived back in London earlier today before giving an impassioned speech about Commonwealth youth at the event - and taking another opportunity to lovingly refer to his 'wife Meghan,' who giggled from the audience clad in a beautiful blush-pink Prada ensemble that featured a short sleeve jacket with double-breasted jacket and an a-line skirt.
The awards were the brainchild of Prince Harry and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, four years ago to help bolster the efforts of young people around the world working to foster change for the better, be it in gender equality, conservation, mental health stigma and more. The 33-year-old applauded the Queen's "belief in young people as a force of positive change," a value that he's adopted and will now put to good use as the monarch's new Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. When he referred to how much he and "my wife Meghan" look forward to working with Commonwealth youth, his new bride stole the show as she blushed and giggled.
"I have seen time and time again that today's generation understands something very important: that to tackle a big issue, you need to focus on the root causes of the challenge and not its symptoms," the Duke continued. "The Queen's Young Leaders are having an incredible impact in their respective countries because they have adopted this mindset."
The Queen then personally presented an award to each of the young leaders, stemming from 38 Commonwealth countries around the world, in front of 200 guests that included David Beckham. She wore a pretty floral dress for the occasion, perfectly summery with a mint, peach and yellow colour palette. Three of the recipients were from Canada - Project Pulse Spark and cancer researcher Aditya Mohan, Ishita Aggarwale of Mom’s The Word (MTW) and Pro-Bono Healers (PBH), and The Refugee Outreach Programme founder Midia Shikh Hassan.
Prince Harry and Meghan will kick off their work for the Commonwealth this fall when they embark on their first tour, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. Their trip will coincide with the Sydney Invictus Games (Oct. 20 to 27), which will mark Meghan’s first time attending her husband’s beloved event as an official royal. As most royal watchers remember, the love birds made their public debut as a couple last year at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. So, this is bound to be a moment marked with sweet nostalgia for the pair.