Why Tomorrow Will Be Meghan Markle’s Biggest Royal Event Yet

Meghan Markle

by Grazia |

We saw her participate in her first royal engagement alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last week – when she took part in the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum – however tomorrow Meghan Markle is set to partake in her biggest royal event yet.

She will be joining The Queen at The Commonwealth Day service, which takes place at Westminster Abbey in celebration of the Commonwealth.

Also in attendance are expected to be her future husband (of course) Prince Harry, as well as other senior royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles.

The service, held annually, is the largest inter-faith gathering of people in the UK and is set to include a special performance by One Direction's Liam Payne.

The Commonwealth is an intergovernmental organisation made up of 53 member states which brings people together from countries around Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and the theme of this year's Commonwealth Day celebration is 'Towards A Common Future'.

As the Commonwealth association explains: 'Towards a Common Future’ renews our Commonwealth vision and commitment to building on the individual and collective strengths of all member countries to respond to global challenges, and deliver a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all of our citizens, particularly our young people.'

Ahead of the day, The Queen released this heartfelt message of thanks for the organisation.

'We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others,' she said.

'Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.

'There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.'

With Meghan Markle already having expressed interest in working closely with the Commonwealth during her engagement interview, it seems clear that she and Harry will play a prominent role in the organisation in years to come.

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Meghan Markle entertaining - Grazia

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Meghan says: Traditionally garland or magnolia branches are used to adorn a stairwell banister or mantle. Take this concept and trim the outline of a mirror or beautiful piece of artwork that is centrally located in your entry hallway or living room.

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**Meghan says: **When creating a table-scape, keep it simple and crisp with an all white tablecloth, runner and napkins. Accent with gilded plates and napkin rings and use a stylish set of cutlery. All white flowers placed in the low vases are the perfect centerpiece.

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**Meghan says: **Purchase silver serving trays, platters, nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d'ouevres passing.

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Meghan says: Use mint julep cups or Moscow mule mugs as low vases instead of drinking mugs. Fill with savory herbs or all white florals.

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Meghan's recipe: Almond Milk Spiced Holiday Cocktail*4 cups unsweetened almond milk (you can make your own by blending raw almonds with milk and straining it)*1 tsp of cinnamon + 1 tsp cardamom + 1tsp of powdered ginger*1/2 tsp of clove*6-8 dried dates soaked in water*your favorite bourbon*cinnamon sticks for garnishBlend all ingredients (except the alcohol) in a powerful blender and then move to a small saucepan. Heat at a low temperature until heated and then add 4 -6oz into the pot depending on your friends' palates. Pour each drink and garnish with a cinnamon stick. If you prefer this drink cold, then omit the heating and shake it hard in a cocktail shaker and serve in champagne glasses with a cinnamon/sugar rim on the glass. Super pretty and equally delicious!

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Meghan says: Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake! Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen. If you do not have a proper set-up, use your dining room table or kitchen counter as a buffet.

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**Meghan says: **If you're like me, you end up buying way too much of everything for holiday meals. So whether you have leftover sweet potatoes or simply want to revamp the classic holiday side, these maple glazed potato wedges are crave-worthy. With the slight kick from cayenne and the brightness of the added lemon, they will be a crowd favorite.*two medium sweet potatoes*2 tbsp of olive oil*juice of half a lemon*1 tbsp of maple syrup*1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper*himalayan sea salt*handful of pepitasSlice the potatoes into wedges a coat with the mixture of oil, lemon juice and maple. Toss and then coat with the sprinkle of cayenne and salt to your liking. Lay onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for a half hour at 425 farenheit for 30 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, toss the potatoes and add the handful of pepitas for crunch and texture. They will be beautiful, browned and crisp and read to devour.

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