The mother and daughter duo, who attended the state funeral for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch Monday at Westminster Abbey, both wore simple black dresses topped with black overcoats, paired with black tights and black shoes. But their jewelry choices paid tribute to a beloved matriarch.
On Princess Charlotte’s coat, she wore a dainty brooch in the shape of a horseshoe, a tribute to the queen, her grandmother, who had a lifelong passion for horses. The queen often attended races and was also a successful owner and breeder.
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Princess Kate, the wife of Prince William, wore two pieces of jewelry that once belonged to her grandmother-in-law. She wore Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings and a four-strand pearl choker necklace, both from the queen’s collection, People reported.
Archive photos show Queen Elizabeth wearing the necklace for a state banquet in Bangladesh in 1983. The earrings were a gift to the queen for her wedding in 1947, according to the magazine.
Princess Kate is often spotted wearing sparkling pieces previously donned by the queen.
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Both Kate and Charlotte, 7, also wore sophisticated, short-brimmed black hats wrapped in a black ribbon. Kate’s had a traditional mourning veil.
Black hats were difficult to find ahead of the queen’s funeral, according to local outlets. The Daily Mail reported that Princess Beatrice left a hat store empty-handed amid a shortage of black hats in London.
Prince William, Prince George coordinate in navy blue
Kate and Charlotte sat beside husband and father Prince William, who is next in line for the throne. William’s father, now King Charles III, the first-born son of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, immediately became king upon the queen’s death Sept. 8.
William and Kate’s eldest son, Prince George, 9, who is now second in line to the throne, also attended. Prince William wore a military uniform and hat and the young George coordinated with dad in a navy blue suit and black tie.
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Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat in the second row behind his father, while William, Kate, George and Charlotte sat across the aisle in the first row.
Harry wore 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 the military uniform for the five events during the late monarch’s period of mourning and state funeral. Harry and Meghan stepped back from their royal roles and moved to California two years ago. They share two young children, Archie, 3 and Lilibet, 1, who were not seen at the funeral.
Harry did wear the uniform during a vigil on Saturday.
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Meghan, like Kate, also wore delicate pearl earrings from the queen. She wore a black dress, her signature cape and hat with mourning veil.
While the Prince William and Prince Harry sat separately during the ceremony, they walked side-by-side during the procession.
The queen’s funeral, expected to be the biggest gathering of world leaders in years, drew in millions of people to the streets of London Monday and likely billions more to their TVs and computer screens.
London’s mayor’s office said up to two million people could line the streets as members of the royal family and hundreds of foreign dignitaries and heads of state attended the ceremony full of all the pomp and splendor the monarchy can offer.
Contributing: Maria Puente, Hannah Yasharoff, Naledi Ushe