Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have returned from their relaxing six week end-of-year break with baby Archie and headed straight into their official royal duties for 2020, putting on a stunning display in London today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have returned to the UK after their extended holiday break in Canada, and on Tuesday UK time, they visited Canada House and met with met with the High Commissioner in Canada to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as diplomatic staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their stay in the country.
Harry and Meghan looked thrilled to be back at work, as they walked side-by-side greeting fans and facing photographers, holding hands in their typical style, grinning from ear-to-ear.
They appeared relaxed and at-ease after enjoying a wonderful private break away from the spotlight, after a year filled with more obstacles than anyone could have predicted for the newest royal family unit.
The couple's royal aides confirmed they spent the entire Christmas and New Year period in Canada and did not visit the US to see Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, as was earlier suspected by royal fans.
Both the Duke and Duchess thanked Canada House staff for making their stay so comfortable and wonderful.
"What a wonderful place you live in. Thank you so much for having us," Prince Harry told the crowd.
"The warmth and hospitality that we were shown while there was unbelievable, and that's exactly why we chose to go out there. So thank you."
Meghan also said: "I want to say Happy New Year and thank you, and as my husband said, my goodness it was just such an incredible time we were able to have there and with our son too."
She added: "And just to be able to take in the warmth that we experienced from the people but also just to walk around and just see the beauty of Canada. To see Archie go 'ahhh' when you walk by and just see how stunning it is, so it meant a lot to us…"
Prior to her appearance at Canada House, Meghan also made a private visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in west London, an organisation she has supported for years, including writing the foreword of their charity cookbook, Together.
But aside from the Sussex's adorable PDA, we're totally crushing on Meghan's stunning cool-climate outfit - it is the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere after all.
The 38-year-old looked radiant and glowing in on-trend camel and browns, as she paired a chic coat from one of her favourite British fashion designers Stella McCartney - yes, the same woman who designed her second reception wedding dress - with an affordable turtle neck top from H&M and a skirt from Italian brand Massimo Dutti and matching velvet heels from Jimmy Choo.
Camel coats are set to become a massive trend in 2020 and we predict that they're going to be a staple in every woman's wardrobe this year, as a welcome break from the classic black coat.
Harry and Meghan's latest engagement proves just what an important role the pair are going to play in strengthening ties between the UK, the monarchy and Commonwealth nations, using their considerable influence to build key relationships.
Canada holds a special importance in the hearts of the couple. Meghan spent years living and working in Toronto while filming Suits, and it's where the Duke and Duchess spent the first few months of their relationship, hiding undercover from the world's press as they tried to keep their new blossoming romance a secret.
Harry, Meghan and Archie celebrated a low-key Christmas on Vancouver Island, a popular spot favoured by celebrities including singer Nelly Furtado and Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall.
During their family holiday on the island, the royal couple were often spotted hiking and jogging by locals around the island's popular walking tracks.
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In late December, Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming Harry and Meghan were visiting Canada, a decision that "reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both."
"The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family," the statement said.
"They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son."
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