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Duchess does the little black dress! Meghan stuns in Dior as she joins the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (and it seems the Queen approves)

  • Meghan has joined senior royals including the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne at Westminster Abbey
  • The Queen and royal family are attending a service commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force
  • Following the service, Meghan and Harry will be whisked to Buckingham Palace before boarding a flight
  • Tonight the couple will fly to Dublin to kick off a two-day royal tour of Ireland before returning to London

By Unity Blott For Mailonline

Published: 05:29 EDT, 10 July 2018 | Updated: 10:21 EDT, 10 July 2018

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The Duchess of Sussex put on a stunning display as she joined the royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Meghan, who will fly to Dublin with Prince Harry tonight, stunned in an elegant black Dior dress for a service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force before joining the Queen to watch a spectacular fly-past.

Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over central London today much to the delight of the thousands who gathered to watch the spectacle from below.

The Duchess, 36, paired the fit-and-flare frock with a navy headpiece from milliner Stephen Jones, just hours after dividing fans with her olive green Ralph Lauren ensemble at Prince Louis' christening at St. James's Palace. 

She wore her tresses in an elegant side bun, which celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier says is a 'sleeker and more elegant' take on what is fast becoming her signature look.

This morning's service marked the start of a busy day for Harry and Meghan, who were subsequently whisked off to Buckingham Palace and will later jet to Ireland to kick-start their first overseas engagement since tying the knot.

One definitely approves! The Queen couldn't wipe the smile from her face as she stood next to Meghan on the balcony of Buckingham Palace this afternoon, with the family watching a spectacular flypast to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary
One definitely approves! The Queen couldn't wipe the smile from her face as she stood next to Meghan on the balcony of Buckingham Palace this afternoon, with the family watching a spectacular flypast to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary

One definitely approves! The Queen couldn't wipe the smile from her face as she stood next to Meghan on the balcony of Buckingham Palace this afternoon, with the family watching a spectacular flypast to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary

Arriving at Westminster Abbey this morning the Duchess, 36, paired her A-line dress with a stunning netted headpiece, just hours after she divided fans with her green Ralph Lauren ensemble for Prince Louis' christening at St. James's Palace
Arriving at Westminster Abbey this morning the Duchess, 36, paired her A-line dress with a stunning netted headpiece, just hours after she divided fans with her green Ralph Lauren ensemble for Prince Louis' christening at St. James's Palace

Arriving at Westminster Abbey this morning the Duchess, 36, paired her A-line dress with a stunning netted headpiece, just hours after she divided fans with her green Ralph Lauren ensemble for Prince Louis' christening at St. James's Palace

Royally rushed off their feet! This afternoon, Harry and Meghan will join royals at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Their Royal Highnesses will meet RAF servicemen and women
Royally rushed off their feet! This afternoon, Harry and Meghan will join royals at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Their Royal Highnesses will meet RAF servicemen and women
They will later fly to Dublin
They will later fly to Dublin

Royally rushed off their feet! This afternoon, Harry and Meghan will join royals at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Their Royal Highnesses will meet RAF servicemen and women

The 'fab four' make their way into Westminster, where Kate and William tied the knot seven years ago. Also in attendance were Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, and Princess Anne, and Prince Michael of Kent
The 'fab four' make their way into Westminster, where Kate and William tied the knot seven years ago. Also in attendance were Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, and Princess Anne, and Prince Michael of Kent

The 'fab four' make their way into Westminster, where Kate and William tied the knot seven years ago. Also in attendance were Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, and Princess Anne, and Prince Michael of Kent

Curve ball: Based on the cut and style of Meghan's elegant bateauneck frock, royal watchers were convinced it was a bespoke piece by her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy
Curve ball: Based on the cut and style of Meghan's elegant bateauneck frock, royal watchers were convinced it was a bespoke piece by her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy
The dress was later revealed as Dior
The dress was later revealed as Dior

Curve ball: Based on the cut and style of Meghan's elegant bateauneck frock, royal watchers were convinced it was a bespoke piece by her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, however it was later revealed as Dior

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were whisked off to Buckingham Palace for a reception (pictured). Harry and Meghan will later board a private jet to Dublin to kick-start their tour of Ireland
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were whisked off to Buckingham Palace for a reception (pictured). Harry and Meghan will later board a private jet to Dublin to kick-start their tour of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were whisked off to Buckingham Palace for a reception (pictured). Harry and Meghan will later board a private jet to Dublin to kick-start their tour of Ireland

Keep it classic like the Duchess of Sussex in Dior

The Duchess of Sussex exuded elegance as she joined the Royal Family in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

For Prince Louis' christening, Meghan stepped out in a khaki creation by American label Ralph Lauren, but today the Duchess debuted her first Dior look as a royal.

We love the flattering A-line skater silhouette, as well as the chic long sleeves. Unsurprisingly, the dress also featured Meghan's go-to boat-neck cut! Her bridal gown had a similar neckline, along with many dresses she's worn since the big day.

Today's frock is a bespoke piece, however it's similar to a boat-neck style that appeared in the recent SS18 couture collection (pictured, right). The stylish royal then finished off with a matching head-piece by Stephen Jones and nude pumps for a classic monochrome ensemble.

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Commenting on Meghan's dress, celebrity stylist and designer Lucas Armitage (the-timeless.com) told MailOnline that Meghan had made a 'bold choice' by choosing black. 

He added: 'The boat neck and cut is reminiscent of the wedding gown so it’s a silhouette she knows wows.'

Based on the cut and style of Meghan's elegant bateauneck frock, royal watchers were convinced it was a bespoke piece by her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, however it was later revealed as Dior.

Harry and Meghan were joined this morning by the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Kate putting in a rare appearance during her maternity leave.

Also in attendance were Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, and Princess Anne, and Prince Michael of Kent.

Celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier, whose A-list clientele include the likes of Victoria Beckham, told MailOnline: 'The bun is quickly becoming the Duchess’s signature look, so it’s no surprise to see her sporting this style at today’s ceremony.

'It’s clearly a style that she feels comfortable with, which is so important when you’re stepping out in front of the cameras.  

The Queen was joined by senior members of the royal family (L-R the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they watched a fly-past
The Queen was joined by senior members of the royal family (L-R the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they watched a fly-past

The Queen was joined by senior members of the royal family (L-R the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they watched a fly-past

One is very amused! The Queen, 92, looked up in wonder at the aeronautical display, which celebrated the history of the RAF and featured the return of Second World War aircraft including the Spitfires and Lancaster bombers
One is very amused! The Queen, 92, looked up in wonder at the aeronautical display, which celebrated the history of the RAF and featured the return of Second World War aircraft including the Spitfires and Lancaster bombers

One is very amused! The Queen, 92, looked up in wonder at the aeronautical display, which celebrated the history of the RAF and featured the return of Second World War aircraft including the Spitfires and Lancaster bombers

Show-stopping spectacular! The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory formed in the skies above London today as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary, and the royals were there to see all the action
Show-stopping spectacular! The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory formed in the skies above London today as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary, and the royals were there to see all the action

Show-stopping spectacular! The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory formed in the skies above London today as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary, and the royals were there to see all the action

The royals looked to the skies as aircraft roared overhead, including the RAF's new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets, in what was their first ever public appearance
The royals looked to the skies as aircraft roared overhead, including the RAF's new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets, in what was their first ever public appearance

The royals looked to the skies as aircraft roared overhead, including the RAF's new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets, in what was their first ever public appearance

A fitting tribute: Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over central London, much to the delight of the thousands who gathered to watch the spectacle from below
A fitting tribute: Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over central London, much to the delight of the thousands who gathered to watch the spectacle from below

A fitting tribute: Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over central London, much to the delight of the thousands who gathered to watch the spectacle from below

The Queen was joined on the balcony by her sons, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, the Duchess of Cornwall and the 'Fab Four': The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (right)
The Queen was joined on the balcony by her sons, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, the Duchess of Cornwall and the 'Fab Four': The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (right)

The Queen was joined on the balcony by her sons, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, the Duchess of Cornwall and the 'Fab Four': The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (right)

The fab four are back! Meghan wore head-to-toe black for the service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force this morning, joining (L-R) the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge and her husband Prince Harry
The fab four are back! Meghan wore head-to-toe black for the service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force this morning, joining (L-R) the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge and her husband Prince Harry

The fab four are back! Meghan wore head-to-toe black for the service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force this morning, joining (L-R) the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge and her husband Prince Harry

Meghan takes her husband's arm as they make their way into the church
Meghan takes her husband's arm as they make their way into the church
Later they will hop on a plane to Ireland, where they will spend their time visiting organisations which are 'central to Irish life', including the home of Gaelic football
Later they will hop on a plane to Ireland, where they will spend their time visiting organisations which are 'central to Irish life', including the home of Gaelic football

Meghan takes her husband's arm as they make their way into the church. Later they will hop on a plane to Ireland, where they will spend their time visiting organisations which are 'central to Irish life', including the home of Gaelic football

Meghan takes Harry's arm as they make their way into the church. The couple were joined by the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, despite Kate still being on maternity leave
Meghan takes Harry's arm as they make their way into the church. The couple were joined by the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, despite Kate still being on maternity leave

Meghan takes Harry's arm as they make their way into the church. The couple were joined by the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, despite Kate still being on maternity leave

Meghan wore her hair in an elegant side bun for the service at Westminster Abbey this morning, which celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier says is a 'sleeker and more elegant' take on what is fast becoming her signature look
Meghan wore her hair in an elegant side bun for the service at Westminster Abbey this morning, which celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier says is a 'sleeker and more elegant' take on what is fast becoming her signature look

Meghan wore her hair in an elegant side bun for the service at Westminster Abbey this morning, which celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier says is a 'sleeker and more elegant' take on what is fast becoming her signature look

Hair today, gone tomorrow! The Duchess of Sussex swept her tresses back into an elegant side bun
Hair today, gone tomorrow! The Duchess of Sussex swept her tresses back into an elegant side bun
She debuted a new style on Monday when she wore her hair in a sleek ponytail
She debuted a new style on Monday when she wore her hair in a sleek ponytail

Hair today, gone tomorrow! The Duchess of Sussex swept her tresses back into an elegant side bun, after debuting a new style on Monday when she wore her hair in a sleek ponytail

Commenting on Meghan's sleek bun, Jason said: 'It’s a sophisticated update on the look, ideal for such a formal occasion. I like that she’s still given such a classic look a contemporary twist, by wearing the bun to the side, rather than in the middle'
Commenting on Meghan's sleek bun, Jason said: 'It’s a sophisticated update on the look, ideal for such a formal occasion. I like that she’s still given such a classic look a contemporary twist, by wearing the bun to the side, rather than in the middle'

Commenting on Meghan's sleek bun, Jason said: 'It’s a sophisticated update on the look, ideal for such a formal occasion. I like that she’s still given such a classic look a contemporary twist, by wearing the bun to the side, rather than in the middle'

'Going back to the bun is a step away from the more casual low ponytail she sported yesterday, but as that was more of a private family occasion, perhaps she felt comfortable enough to try something new – today is a day for a tried-and-trusted look that she knows will photograph well.

'Meghan is known for wearing her hair in a looser and more relaxed style, but her hair today is much sleeker and more elegant, with a very tight ballerina-style knot in place of her usual messy bun.' 

Jason added: 'It’s a sophisticated update on the look, ideal for such a formal occasion. I like that she’s still given such a classic look a contemporary twist, by wearing the bun to the side, rather than in the middle of her head.

'This look also shows the neckline of her dress beautifully; she clearly likes the combination of a bateau neckline, a fascinator and an up 'do. All three works together beautifully and it’s a combination that looks fantastic, so I think it’s safe to say this won’t be the last time we see this look on Meghan.' 

The 'fab four' share a joke as they enter the church this morning. Commenting on Meghan's hair, Jason said: 'It’s clearly a style that she feels comfortable with, which is so important when you’re stepping out in front of the cameras'
The 'fab four' share a joke as they enter the church this morning. Commenting on Meghan's hair, Jason said: 'It’s clearly a style that she feels comfortable with, which is so important when you’re stepping out in front of the cameras'

The 'fab four' share a joke as they enter the church this morning. Commenting on Meghan's hair, Jason said: 'It’s clearly a style that she feels comfortable with, which is so important when you’re stepping out in front of the cameras'

Snaps of Meghan entering the church give a back view of her hair
Snaps of Meghan entering the church give a back view of her hair
Jason Collier commented: 'Meghan is known for wearing her hair in a looser and more relaxed style, but her hair today is much sleeker and more elegant, with a very tight ballerina-style knot in place of her usual messy bun'
Jason Collier commented: 'Meghan is known for wearing her hair in a looser and more relaxed style, but her hair today is much sleeker and more elegant, with a very tight ballerina-style knot in place of her usual messy bun'

Snaps of Meghan entering the church give a back view of her hair. Jason Collier commented: 'Meghan is known for wearing her hair in a looser and more relaxed style, but her hair today is much sleeker and more elegant'

The Duchess of Sussex was all smiles as she arrived at the event. To mark the RAF's centenary year, special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels will run from April to the end of September 2018
The Duchess of Sussex was all smiles as she arrived at the event. To mark the RAF's centenary year, special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels will run from April to the end of September 2018

The Duchess of Sussex was all smiles as she arrived at the event. To mark the RAF's centenary year, special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels will run from April to the end of September 2018

The royals spent time speaking to RAF officials and members of the clergy before taking their seats in the church. In just a few hours, Harry and Meghan will be whisked back to Buckingham Palace for a reception before flying to Dublin
The royals spent time speaking to RAF officials and members of the clergy before taking their seats in the church. In just a few hours, Harry and Meghan will be whisked back to Buckingham Palace for a reception before flying to Dublin

The royals spent time speaking to RAF officials and members of the clergy before taking their seats in the church. In just a few hours, Harry and Meghan will be whisked back to Buckingham Palace for a reception before flying to Dublin

Meghan and Harry were all smiles as they took their seats in Westminster Abbey with a host of royals and RAF officials. This year marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force – the world's first independent air force 
Meghan and Harry were all smiles as they took their seats in Westminster Abbey with a host of royals and RAF officials. This year marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force – the world's first independent air force 

Meghan and Harry were all smiles as they took their seats in Westminster Abbey with a host of royals and RAF officials. This year marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force – the world's first independent air force 

The Duchess of Sussex, who will later fly to Dublin with Harry, appeared to share a joke with her husband in the church. The RAF was founded on 1 April 1918, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy
The Duchess of Sussex, who will later fly to Dublin with Harry, appeared to share a joke with her husband in the church. The RAF was founded on 1 April 1918, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy

The Duchess of Sussex, who will later fly to Dublin with Harry, appeared to share a joke with her husband in the church. The RAF was founded on 1 April 1918, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy

This year marks the centenary of the  Royal Air Force – the world's first independent air force – which was founded on 1 April 1918, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy.

For one hundred years the RAF has defended the skies of Britain, preventing conflicts, delivering aid and combating cyber threats while working in partnership with other services.

These include Operation Ruman – the UK's humanitarian assistance operation in the aftermath of hurricane Irma which hit the Caribbean in September 2017 – and the RAF's Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon Aircraft, providing a UK air defence capability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Today, the RAF is engaged on some 13 missions across 26 countries and is heavily committed on operations both at home and abroad. 

Busy day: Following this morning's service, Harry and Meghan joined royals including William and Kate at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force
Busy day: Following this morning's service, Harry and Meghan joined royals including William and Kate at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force

Busy day: Following this morning's service, Harry and Meghan joined royals including William and Kate at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force

During the reception, the couple will meet RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the Centenary celebrations
During the reception, the couple will meet RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the Centenary celebrations

During the reception, the couple will meet RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the Centenary celebrations

The couple are due to hop on a plane to Ireland this evening, where they will spend their time visiting organisations which are 'central to Irish life', including the home of Gaelic football and the country's most famous university
The couple are due to hop on a plane to Ireland this evening, where they will spend their time visiting organisations which are 'central to Irish life', including the home of Gaelic football and the country's most famous university

The couple are due to hop on a plane to Ireland this evening, where they will spend their time visiting organisations which are 'central to Irish life', including the home of Gaelic football and the country's most famous university

To mark its centenary year, special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels will run from April to the end of September 2018. 

The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10 July, with a service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.

This afternoon, Harry and Meghan will join royals at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. 

The couple will meet RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the Centenary celebrations.

Later they will hop on a plane to Ireland, where they will spend their time visiting organisations which are 'central to Irish life', including the home of Gaelic football and the country's most famous university.

The couple will also attend a garden party at the British ambassador's residence, and attend official meetings with the Irish president, Michael Higgins, and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

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