Queen’s funeral: Kate and Meghan will wear an important accessory to offer them privacy

Tradition plays a huge part in the dress of the royal funeral, and members of the royal family will know for months in advance what they will be wearing for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday, September 19. Everyone will be in black, but there will be key details to look for.

Kate, the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex will likely wear black veils on the day of the Queen’s funeral next week, due to a long royal tradition.

Female royals, including non-working royals like Meghan, must wear a traditional black lace veil in one form or another.

Called “mourning veils”, the black lace veil is symbolic because it shows that the wearer is in mourning.

There is also a more practical element to the accessory: it allows the user to grieve in complete privacy because it is more difficult for others to see their face.

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Mathew Storey, Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, has revealed that it was Queen Victoria who set the standard for traditional royal mourning attire. He said: “Mourning costume has been part of European royal culture for centuries, but it reached its peak in the 19th century with the influence of Queen Victoria, who set a standard for the rest of the world to follow. society.

“When her beloved husband died in 1861, she abandoned the colorful garments of her married life and, along with the rest of the royal court, adopted black garments as an outward sign of grief. Her subjects duly followed suit. , causing a rush for mourning fabric suppliers across the country.

At their father’s funeral in 1936, the new Queen Elizabeth, her mother, her grandmother Queen Mary and her sister Princess Margaret all wore long black veils, said to measure about 18 inches across the face and one and a half meters in the back. .

The Telegraph said at the time: ‘There is no judicial settlement of them, but the practice of wearing them has always been observed at a sovereign’s funeral.’

However, at the funeral of the Duke of Windsor, or King Edward VIII until his abdication, in 1972, the royal family did not wear veils.

But the wife of the late duke, Wallis Simpson, went against the grain: she sported a couture coat and a chiffon veil that Hubert de Givenchy would have spent the night making for her.

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As for Meghan, she was unable to attend Philip’s funeral as she was pregnant at the time and was advised not to fly to Britain from Montecito, California.

However, she paid tribute to her late father-in-law in her own way by ensuring that a personal wreath and a handwritten note were laid during the ceremony.

A Sussex spokesperson also confirmed at the time that Meghan was watching the televised event from home.

The wreath sent by Meghan and Harry was designed by one of the couple’s favorite florists, Willow Crossley, who also provided the floral arrangements for the evening on their wedding day, as well as for their son Archie’s christening .

It was understood that the special wreath included symbolic flowers that were picked with deliberate care, such as bear breeches, Greece’s national flower, and sea holly, which is a clear nod to the Duke’s time in the Royal Marines.

Other poignant flowers featured in the wreath include the bellflower, which is said to symbolize undying love and gratitude, and rosemary, a traditional flower of remembrance.

But, on this occasion, Meghan will not need to send a wreath as she will be at the Queen’s funeral in person on September 19.

Like Kate, Meghan is expected to wear a subtle veil, as well as an all-black outfit and possibly a hat.

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