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Meghan Markle shows off baby bump in regal caped gown for first state dinner—but leaves the tiara at home

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 24/10/2018 Sabrina Carder
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Having departed Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continued their 16-day royal tour on Tuesday by touching down in Fiji.

Following a lavish welcome ceremony, the couple later attended a state dinner, hosted by the President of Fiji and attended by local diplomats and dignitaries. The reception also marked Meghan Markle's first state dinner since becoming a member of the royal family.

For the majority of the royal tour the 37-year-old has cut a casual figure in jeans and oversized shirts, but for the banquet Meghan, who recently revealed she is pregnant with the couple's first child suitably dressed up for the black tie event, donning a fitted evening gown that perfectly skimmed her growing baby bump.

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The floor-length dress came complete with a sweeping cape, a regal design created by London-based brand Safiyaa, founded by German-born Daniela Karmuts. The Ginkgo Cape Dress is currently available to buy for £1,095.

The label was founded in 2011 and describes itself as: "timeless, chic, bespoke." Its brand philosophy reads: "Safiyaa celebrates femininity and all that makes a woman beautiful with unapologetic confidence."

As is custom for members of the royal family when visiting foreign countries, Meghan's ensemble also paid sartorial tribute to Fiji, the gown being a light blue hue, a nod to 'Fijian Blue', the colour which takes centre stage in the national flag.

Meghan kept her accessories minimal, her hands softly cradling her stomach instead of a clutch bag, her loose locks tousled into subtle waves and pops of highlight on her cheeks.

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Her elegant ensemble was finished off, though, with a pair of statement diamond drop earrings, which are thought to have been borrowed from Her Majesty's collection. A likely tale, as Meghan re-wore the pearl earrings the Queen gifted her for a third time on arrival to Fiji earlier in the day.

Meghan was expected to wear a tiara for her first state dinner but opted for a more understated look. 

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