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Meghan Markle (and Her Growing Bump) Just Shocked the Audience at the British Fashion Awards

People logo People 12/10/2018 Stephanie Petit
a person wearing a black dress: Meghan Markle (and Her Growing Bump) Just Shocked the Audience at the British Fashion Awards © Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images) Meghan Markle (and Her Growing Bump) Just Shocked the Audience at the British Fashion Awards

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Meghan Markle made an unannounced appearance at the British Fashion Awards on Monday for a special reason – to honor her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award.

The Duchess of Sussex, alongside actress Rosamund Pike, was all smiles as she cradled her growing baby bump over her one-shoulder Givenchy black dress. She swept her hair back into a low bun – without her signature pieces of loose hair in the front.

“It is such an honor to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.,” Meghan said as she took the microphone to cheers from the audience.

a person that is standing in the dark: Meghan Markle | Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images

Meghan Markle | Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images
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The stunning silk gown that Meghan, 37, wore for her May wedding to Prince Harry featured an open bateau neckline and sculpted waist. The train flowed in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza.

The process was “very collaborative,” Waight Keller said in an interview the day after the wedding, adding that Meghan was familiar with her work.

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“It was a wonderful way to start the collaboration with her, finding out what she wanted for her day and just to find the absolute perfect style for her,” Waight Keller told reporters. “Part of it was really a conversation in the beginning and then through a series of sketches that I proposed to her. We exchanged conversations about what would be the ultimate lines and proportions and the scale of the dress.”

Related: Meghan Markle supports 'Together' cookbook celebrating community recipes [Provided by The Independent]

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