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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Join Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day

People logo People 3/11/2019 Simon Perry
a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Join Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day © Provided by TIME Inc. Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Join Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined forces with Kate Middleton and Prince William for a high-profile royal outing with Queen Elizabeth in London on Monday.

The royal couples attended the annual church service at Westminster Abbey (where Will and Kate wed in 2011) for Commonwealth Day, which honors the family of 53 nations, some of which have the Queen as head of state. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were also in attendance.

Kate and Meghan exchanged a friendly kiss on the cheek as they greeted each other inside Westminster Abbey, while the brothers shook hands. They then chatted as Charles and Camilla made their way in.

Meghan made a quick change from the green Erdem coat she wore earlier in the day into a cream coat over a cream Victoria Beckham dress with a matching pillbox hat. Kate opted for her red Catherine Walker coat dress, which she wore in New Zealand in 2014. She topped it with a matching fascinator.

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie walking down the street: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock © Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock a group of people walking down the street: [ent-hotlink id= © BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty [ent-hotlink id=

Before the Queen arrived, Meghan and Charles chatted together, while Kate and Camilla were deep in conversation. Meghan was spotted giving a curtsy as the Queen, who wore a beautiful purple coat dress and matching hat, walked in.

Elizabeth II wearing a purple hat: Queen Elizabeth | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock © Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock

With 60 percent of the populations of the 53 nations under the age of 30, much of the service was targeted towards young people. There was a performance from Grammy-award winning group Clean Bandit and the U.K.’s biggest-selling tenor, Alfie Boe. And a reflection was set to be given by Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer, ocean advocate and the UN Patron of the Oceans — representing a cause that has been championed by Charles and his sons, Harry and William.

a man wearing a red hat: Kate Middleton | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock © Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Kate Middleton | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock a person wearing a suit and tie: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock © Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, which encompasses almost 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population. And the young nature of the Commonwealth populations has led to Harry being named as the Youth Ambassador for the organization by his grandmother last year. He and wife Meghan, 37, are making the Commonwealth a central part of their public life.

Prince Charles et al. standing on a sidewalk: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock © Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall | Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock

Earlier in the day, Harry and Meghan celebrated with a group of Canadians at Canada House in London, where the royal couple met with a group of kids who taught them how to make special maple candy.

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