Meghan Markle is proving once again that she’s not going to play by the royal family’s rules.
For her first black tie function since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry in November, the 36-year-old was expected to step out wearing a ball gown. Instead, the former actress opted for a black pantsuit, looking utterly professional and powerful in the black and white getup.
Markle went with cropped black trousers and matching blazer from Alexander McQueen, a favorite brand of her soon-to-be sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge (she just so happened to wear a gown from the British design house in Norway on Thursday night as well), and paired the set with a white button-down shirt from Tuxe.
The choice to forgo a gown in favor of tailored separates was shocking to many, but the outfit has still received glowing reviews on social media.
She said the hell with the gown and wore a suit.. we stan Meghan Markle.
— Kay ♀️ (@TXFNS) February 1, 2018
So we all were waiting to see Meghan Markle in a dress tonight and she turn up in a Tuxe Suit.. Love it
— Ⓜ (@Royals_online) February 1, 2018
Meghan Markle in a suit. Offt. Never knew I needed it until now.
— Tina (@ElloTeenah) February 1, 2018
Meghan Markle rockin' a SUIT. I dig it!
— Desiree Murphy (@desireemurphy_) February 1, 2018
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) February 1, 2018
And despite many people’s high hopes, the former Suits star didn’t accessorize with a tiara (however, this is more due royal protocol than it clashing with her look — a sparkly royal family heirloom won’t rest on Markle’s head until her May nuptials).
The evening was momentous nonetheless. The Endeavour Fund awards ceremony marks the first time the couple have been photographed attending such a formal event. Held at Goldsmiths Hall in London, the event celebrated the achievements of wounded veterans who took part in a number of sporting events over the past year.
In an effort to “rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges,” the Endeavour Fund has offered advice and mentoring to more than 950 servicemen and women since its launch back in 2012.
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