How did British royals honour Queen Elizabeth with fashion at her state funeral? From Meghan Markle’s diamonds and Kate Middleton’s Princess Diana nod, to Lady Louise Windsor’s horse pendant
Many royal family members nodded to Queen Elizabeth with their style choices at her funeral, which took place on September 19, honouring the late monarch with their fashion.
Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle wore dresses that honoured the queen, while Prince William’s uniform had a pin with the monarch’s initials on it.
Read on for more hidden messages behind the British royal family’s outfit choices at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral …
Nods to Queen Elizabeth … and Princess Diana
Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen outfit for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was a black version of a dress she has worn before.
At the Trooping the Colour in June 2022 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, Middleton wore a white Alexander McQueen coat dress that cinched at the waist with two buttons.
To pay homage to her relationship with the queen, the princess wore the same dress in black to her funeral.
The dresses were identical aside from the colour. Middleton paired the black look with a coordinating hat that had a veil.
The Princess of Wales also paid tribute to the queen with a necklace. She wore the queen’s Four-Row Japanese Pearl Choker to her funeral, which is made of pearls and diamonds. Kate previously wore the necklace to Prince Philip’s funeral. Princess Diana also wore it in 1982, so the piece nodded to Kate’s new role as the Princess of Wales as well.
The Princess of Wales’ pearl earrings also belonged to the queen. According to Glamour, Kate wore the late monarch’s Bahrain pearl drop earrings, which coordinated with her necklace.
The princess wore her hair up, allowing the earrings to shine.
A gift from the queen
Like her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle’s dress nodded to the queen too.
Meghan arrived at the funeral in a black cape dress designed by Stella McCartney, which she paired with black gloves, a black hat, black shoes and black tights.
The Duchess of Sussex previously wore the navy version of the cape dress to Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday celebration in 2018.
Like Kate, Meghan wore earrings that once belonged to the queen to her funeral. The queen gave Meghan the diamond and pearl earrings after she and Prince Harry announced their engagement in 2018.
A shared love for horses
According to Insider, 18-year-old Lady Louise, who is Prince Edward and Sophie’s daughter, shared a love of horses with her grandmother.
She paid tribute to their bond at the funeral with a horse pendant necklace.
Princess Charlotte’s brooch also similarly honoured her great-grandmother.
Charlotte paired her ensemble, which looked like a miniature version of her mum’s outfit, with a horseshoe-shaped, diamond brooch that paid tribute to the queen’s lifelong love of horses.
According to People, the queen gave the brooch to her great-granddaughter before her death.
The queen’s initials
The military uniform William wore to the funeral included a subtle tribute to his grandmother.
The Prince of Wales wore his Royal Air Force uniform to the funeral, which included an “ER” pin on the right shoulder.
It stands for Elizabeth Regina, which means Queen Elizabeth in Latin.
Queen Victoria’s brooch
Camilla, queen consort, nodded to Queen Elizabeth with a brooch that once belonged to Queen Victoria.
The heart-shaped brooch features three sapphires and the number 60 in recognition of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897, as Vogue reported.
Queen Elizabeth, who was Queen Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter, ruled for 70 years and marked her platinum jubilee in February, surpassing Queen Victoria’s 63 years on the throne.
Camilla previously wore the brooch for Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee celebrations in 2012.
The queen’s favourite flowers
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, included an homage to the queen’s favourite flower on her dress.
Prince Edward’s wife wore a tea-length black dress lined with buttons from Suzannah London. London shared on Instagram that she embroidered Lily of the Valley flowers into the gown, as they were the late monarch’s favourite flower.
Sophie’s hat also honoured the queen. The custom hat was made by the milliner Jane Taylor, according to People.
Taylor told People the straw riding hat was designed to honour the queen’s love of horses, and the flowers accenting the brim were modelled after the ones included in the monarch’s wedding bouquet.
- Camilla, queen consort, wore a brooch that belonged to Queen Victoria and Meghan Markle wore earrings that the queen gifted her after her engagement to Prince Harry
- Prince William wore an ‘ER’ pin – Elizabeth Regina, which means Queen Elizabeth in Latin – while Sophie, the Countess of Wessex paid homage to the queen’s favourite flowers