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Meghan's fashion award for wedding-dress designer

Clare, right, on stage with the Duchess and actress Rosamund Pike Credit: British Fashion Council

The Birmingham-born designer who created the Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress has been awarded the title of Womenswear "Designer of the Year" at the British Fashion Awards.

The Duchess herself made a surprise appearance at last night's ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to personally give the award to Givenchy's artistic director Clare Waight Keller.

Meghan wore a Givenchy gown for the star-studded occasion and paid tribute to Keller.

The Duchess of Sussex at the ceremony Credit: British Fashion Council

"I feel especially proud to announce tonight's winner, who yes is a British designer leading on the global stage with vision and creativity, but also with incredible kindness. Which is why when I met her for the first time 11 months ago I knew we would be working very closely together."

– The Duchess of Sussex
The Duchess on her wedding day Credit: PA

Waight Keller made history in 2017 when she became the first female artistic director at the French fashion house Givenchy, which was founded in 1952.

Meghan said she admired her "timeless and elegant aesthetic" when choosing her wedding designer.

"This woman is so amazing.

I got to know Meghan on such a personal level and to have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honour.

I can't thank you enough."

– Clare Waight Keller

More on the Birmingham designer behind Meghan's dress: https://www.itv.com/news/central/2018-05-19/meghan-markles-dress-designed-by-birmingham-born-designer-clare-waight-keller/