The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, a ceremony filled with all the pomp and splendor of the monarchy – including the dress worn by members of the royal family, was steeped in tradition and purpose.
Seas of men in military uniform and women in black lined the streets and streets of London. And if you take a closer look at the costumes worn by some members of the royal family, you’ll find meaningful nods to a beloved matriarch.
See how funeral guests celebrated the Queen’s 96 years of life and more than 70 years of service in Britain.
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Princess Charlotte wearing a sweet horseshoe brooch
Princess Charlotte, who attended the funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at Westminster Abbey, presented her mother Catherine, Princess of Wales, in a simple black dress with a black overcoat with black tights and black boots. joined together.
Over Princess Charlotte’s coat, she wore a beautiful brooch in the shape of a horseshoe, a tribute to the Queen, her great-grandmother, who had a lifelong passion for horses. The queen often participated in races and was also a successful owner and breeder.
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Princess Kate wears jewelry from the Queen
Prince William’s wife Princess Kate wore two jewels that once belonged to her husband’s grandmother, the Queen. She wore Bahrain pearl drop earrings and a four-strand pearl choker necklace from the Queen’s collection, people reported,
Archive photographs show Queen Elizabeth wearing a necklace for a state banquet in Bangladesh in 1983. According to the magazine, the earrings were a gift for the Queen’s wedding in 1947.
Kate wore the same necklace to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.
Princess Kate is often seen wearing sparkling pieces donned by the Queen.
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Both Kate and Charlotte, 7 years old, also wore sophisticated, little black hats wrapped in black ribbon. Kate had a traditional mourning veil.
According to local outlets, the black hat was hard to find before the Queen’s funeral. Daily Mail reported That Princess Beatrice left a hat shop empty handed amid a shortage of black hats in London.
Prince William, Prince George coordinate in navy blue
Kate and Charlotte sat with husband and father Prince William, who is in line for the throne. William’s father, now King Charles III, the first-born son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, became king on September 8, shortly after the Queen’s death.
William and Kate’s eldest son, 9-year-old Prince George, who is now second in line to the throne, also attended. Prince William wore a military uniform and hat and young George coordinated with Dad in a dark blue suit and black tie.
Prince Harry wears military medal, Duchess Meghan also honors Queen
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat in the second row behind their father, while William, Kate, George and Charlotte sat across the aisle in the first row.
Harry was wearing a black suit and his military medals, but not his military uniform. Royal experts have explained that only working members of the royal family will wear military uniforms for five events during mourning and state funerals for the late monarch. Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal roles and moved to California two years ago. They share two young children, Archie, 3, and Lillibet, 1, who were not seen at the funeral.
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Like Kate, Meghan also wore the Queen’s delicate pearl earrings. She wore a black dress, her signature cape and cap with mournful veil.
While Prince William and Prince Harry sat separately during the ceremony, they walked side by side during the procession.
Queen Consort Camilla pays tribute to the Queen with King Charles III
The new King of the UK, King Charles, wore his military uniform, while his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, wore a black coat dress with an elegant fascinator cap with a mesh veil.
Camilla’s shiny brooch also probably belonged to the Queen. This piece is Queen Victoria’s Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch, Harper’s Bazaar reported, Rani Patni has worn the brooch in past events.
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It has the number 60 in Slavonic characters, the number of years in the reign of a diamond jubilee, and is surrounded by diamonds. According to the magazine, it was a gift given to Queen Victoria by her grandchildren in 1897.
Camilla may have worn a brooch symbolizing the Queen’s long reign.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Dress in Classic Black
President Joe Biden was among several world leaders who traveled to the UK to attend the Queen’s funeral.
They arrived at Westminster Abbey in the President’s armored limousine, called The Beast. When Biden arrived at the funeral, he did not say anything or address the press. She wore a classic black suit and the First Lady wore a black skirt with a matching black blazer and fascinator.
The Queen’s funeral, which was expected to be the largest gathering of world leaders in years, saw millions of people throng the streets of London on Monday and billions of people stared at their TV and computer screens.
Contributions: Maria Puente, Hannah Yasharoff, Naledi Ushe