Prince Harry and Meghan receive a big ovation in the UK
LONDON: Britain received a resounding standing ovation during one of its final official commitments as first-line royalty members this week before they back down later this month.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were the guests of honor at the Mountbatten Music Festival in London on Saturday when the couple received a particularly long applause from the audience while they sat in the royal box.
Prince Harry, 35, appeared in the red jacket of a Royal Marines officer, combined with the red dress of his 38-year-old wife's designer.
The music festival brings together world-class musicians, composers and directors of the Mass Bands of the Royal Marines of His Majesty and Saturday's performance marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 80th anniversary of the formation of British commands
Proceeds from the event go to the Royal Marines Association, the Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent, which supports people with cancer under 25 and their families.
Earlier, Markle made one of his last official solo visits to a school in Dagenham, east London, on Friday, where his message to the 700 children was to speak for what is right.
He reportedly used his visit to the Robert Clack School to highlight his favorite issues of women's empowerment, social justice and gender equality.
According to 'The Sunday Times', the school assembly had been told that it would be addressed by a mysterious guest.
There were cheers when Meghan appeared and called on the women of our future to believe in themselves and really defend their truth, defend what is right, continue to respect each other.
The couple will join Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family for the annual meeting at Westminster Abbey on Monday to commemorate.
It would be the first time the entire royal family has been seen in public since Harry and Meghan announced that they would give up their royal duties.
They will formally stop representing the Queen from April 1, as they plan to spend most of their time in North America.
Under the agreement concluded with Buckingham Palace, their exit plan will be reviewed at the end of a 12 month transition period with the option of the couple returning to the front line if they change their mind.
But in the meantime, they have declared plans to start a new financially independent life with their nine-month-old son Archie and focus on charity projects that close their hearts.