Watch the video of Meghan making maple taffy at Canada house.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were the first members of the royal family to publicly mark Commonwealth Day on Monday as they visited London’s Canada House.
Meghan, who is eight months pregnant, opted for a coat and matching dress by Canadian designer Erdem, teamed with £485 Aquazzura pumps, as she arrived at Trafalgar Square with Prince Harry.
She teamed the look with a Givenchy clutch, £568 Maison Birks opal earrings and a £363 Kismet by Milka bracelet.
The Royals were visiting Canada House to attend an event showcasing the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. Harry is president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, while Meghan was named vice-president last week.
The event showcased the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK.
Before departing, they were given some gifts for Baby Sussex; a £14.29 Canadian maple leaf baby bodysuit from Hop & Moo and a pair of £42.86 Manitobah Mukluks infant moccasins.
Harry made staff laugh by sniffing inside the moccasins, saying: ‘’I’m sniffing the insides to check if they are leather or not, not because they are smelly.’’
Meghan reminisced about her time in Toronto, asking all the young people she met where they came from and which districts if they were from the city. “Everyone here seems to be from Toronto,” Harry said, while Meghan added: “It’s such a great place.”
The Royal couple also met youngsters at the fun event and happily got stuck into the Canadian springtime tradition of making maple taffy – maple syrup cooled on snow to make sweets.
The Duchess helped the children to make taffy. Speaking to one little boy, Meghan said: “How many have you had? Seven? Oh my goodness.” The Duchess gave her taffy to a nine-year-old girl, Elodie-Rose Duguy-Inegbese, from Shippagan, New Brunswick, who had only eaten two.
Meghan and Harry posed with the group of children and young people before leaving.
The Queen will be joined at the Commonwealth Day service by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York.
The Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, says in her message: ‘’In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people.’’
‘’We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of co-operation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw.’’
‘’With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.’’
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