Meghan Markle at the British Fashion Awards
The Duchess of Sussex stunned the fashion crowd tonight by putting in a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards.
Meghan, 37, wowed guests at the star-studded event when she stepped out on stage to present a gong to her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday evening, wearing a beautiful black one-shoulder dress that is believed to have been designed by the very woman she was there to honor.
Ms Waight Keller, 48, won the prestigious British Womenswear Designer of the Year award and thanked Meghan personally in her speech at the star-studded awards ceremony at the historic venue in Kensington, London.
The designer said: 'This woman is so amazing. I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life... I can't thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment.'
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry in the spring, looked sensational in a black one-shoulder velvet gown, believed to be Givenchy, as she clutched her baby bump.
The pregnant duchess kept her makeup to a minimum, wearing her hair tied back in a bun and adding simple gold earrings and gold bangles.
Meghan also wore a dark nail color to match her stunning one-shouldered dress, despite traditional protocol advising that female royals must stick to a barely-there nude shade whenever they are attending official events.
Addressing the assembled fashionistas at the Royal Albert Hall, the Duchess said: 'It's such a pleasure to be here, celebrating British fashion and British designers, in my new home in the UK.'
She said of fashion, that 'we have a deep connection to what we wear. Sometimes it's deeply personal, sometimes it's emotional,' and said that for her, it was 'really in being able to understand that it's about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women.'
She praised the 'kindness' and the 'values' of Ms Waight Keller, who created the gown in which she walked down the aisle this May.
Ms Waight Keller was the master British designer behind the sleek silk boat-necked gown and long billowing veil worn by Meghan as she walked down the nave of St. George's Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19.
The first female artistic director of French fashion house met the Duchess for the first time earlier this year, Kensington Palace said, with Meghan requesting a dress with an 'elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanor.'
The veil carried floral references to all 53 countries in the Commonwealth, and the palace said workers spent hundreds of hours sewing the delicate flower designs into the veil, meticulously washing their hands every half hour to keep the silk tulle and threads clean.
The wedding dress featured no lace or embroidery, carrying a classic boat neckline, three-quarter length sleeves and an A-line skirt with a train measuring nearly 6 feet from the waist.
Elswhere at the BFAs tonight, Victoria Beckham made sure she led the glamour as she joined Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the red carpet.
The fashion designer, 44, who was nominated for the British Designer of the Year Womenswear award, looked effortlessly chic in a black high-neck flowy chiffon jumpsuit.
Victoria, who was joined by her doting husband David on the red carpet, accessorised her look with a chunky gold chain bracelet and green jade earrings.
They decided to make it a family night out as the couple were joined by their budding fashion photographer son, Brooklyn Beckham, at the event.
The 19-year-old looked every inch the proud son as he wore a black tuxedo with with a crisp white shirt, black tie and pointed dress shoes.
The Beckhams joined Kendall at the star-studded event who looked sensational as she bared all and went braless to show off her every inch of her cleavage in a sheer gold beaded dress with a daring slit on the left leg.
The model, 23, left nothing to the imagination as she teamed the daring item of clothing with a pair of tiny nude thong knickers and barely-there perspex heels.
Kendall left her accessorises minimal as she added just a simple pair of gold hooped earrings to complete her red-carpet ready look.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star styled her raven locks into a sleek sweptback bun, she added a slick of glamorous make-up.
Kendall knew how to work her best angles as she posed up a storm on the red carpet and worked her daring sheer gold beaded dress.