The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are kicking off the World Commonwealth Day festivities in London today with a visit to Canada House.
According to Kensington Palace, today’s events will showcase and celebrate “the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the U.K.”
Meghan Markle, who previously described Canada as her “second home,” has a close connection to the country from her six years in Toronto filming legal drama “Suits”. The duchess even wore a forest green coat by Canadian-born designer Erdem Moralioglu for today’s visit.
The royal couple are scheduled to meet with a wide range of young Canadians living in London (including those within the world of fashion, the arts, business, and academia). The visit will also include a musical performance, a speech by Canadian High Commissioner Janice Charette, and a taffy-making demonstration.
Later in the day, Prince Harry and Meghan joined the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the Royal Family to attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster.
The 2019 Commonwealth marks the 70th anniversary of annual event. The event is usually held on the second Monday in March to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Queen recently named Harry and Meghan as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which helps young people from around the world achieve their dreams.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, which encompasses 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people. The U.K. is home to an estimated 500,000 Canadian expats.