It's safe to say that Meghan Markle brought maternity wear to a whole new level last night. The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the 2018 Fashion Awards in London, one of the UK's most prestigious fashion events, looking nothing short of iconic.

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Markle made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards

Set in the Royal Albert Hall, Meghan joined actress Rosamund Pike on stage to honour fashion designer Clare Waight Keller who brought home the title of 'British Designer of the Year Womenswear' for Givenchy.

"It is such an honour to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the UK," Markle told the surprised crowd.

Clare Waight Keller is watched by Meghan and Rosamund Pike as she speaks on stage after receiving the award for British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award
Clare Waight Keller is watched by Meghan and Rosamund Pike as she speaks on stage after receiving the award for British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award

The 37-year-old, who is expecting her first child, wore a full-length, one-shouldered, evening dress for the occasion. It was a bespoke design by Givenchy which she accessorised with simple gold bracelets and a chic up-do.

On receiving the award, Keller had some exceptionally kind words for the new royal: "I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honour.

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The dress showed off Meghan's beautiful baby bump

The two women became fast friends last year when Waight Keller designed the boat neck Givenchy gown that Meghan wore to wed Prince Harry in St George's Chapel last May.

It seems that the two had a lot of trust in one another as the bride only saw her intricate 15ft veil on the morning of her wedding. 

The elaborate design included flowers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations as well as a California poppy and Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

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Meghan Markle's Givenchy dress and veil

Clare Waight Keller has led an impressive career in the fashion industry, working as the Artistic Director of knitwear brand Pringle of Scotland before moving to French brand, Chloé. It was in 2017 that she made waves in when she was appointed as the first female creative director of Givenchy.