Surprise! Every Photo from Meghan Markle's Unannounced Appearance at the British Fashion Awards

The Duchess of Sussex was all smiles as she cradled her growing baby bump over her one-shoulder Givenchy black dress for her big cameo

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Surprise! Meghan Markle made an unannounced appearance at the British Fashion Awards on Monday.

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She had a very special reason for her appearance: to honor her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award.

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The Duchess of Sussex, alongside actress Rosamund Pike, was all smiles as she cradled her growing baby bump.

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Meghan Markle.

She swept her hair back into a low bun – without her signature pieces of loose hair in the front.

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"It is such an honor to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.," Meghan said to cheers from the crowd.

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Waight Keller thanked Meghan for trusting her to design her gown for her big day.

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"I got to know Meghan on such a personal level," the British designer said. "To have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honor. I can't thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment."

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Appropriately, Meghan rocked a one-shoulder black dress by Givenchy for the occasion.

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Meghan also had her nails painted black – a break from the Queen's preference of natural-looking polish shades.

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That's one fashionable royal mama-to-be!

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The mom-to-be was noticeably wearing black nail polish as she broke royal style protocol and strayed away from the aesthetic standard of delicate, translucent nail shades previously set by the Queen and Kate Middleton.

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The Duchess wore gold jewelry by Pippa Small and gold strappy sandals by Tamara Mellon (on which PEOPLE reades get an exclusive discount!).

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