Everyone commemorates and honors a deceased in their own way. So did the royal mourners at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II († 96), who mainly relied on sparkling details to pay tribute to the monarch. We show what very special meanings the accessories of Camilla, Kate and the other female mourners had.
The Queen Consort reminded twice of the deceased monarch with her accessories. While she carried a Launer handbag - one of Elizabeth II's favorite designers - to the funeral service, she also wore a jubilee brooch from former Queen Victoria - the world's longest reigning monarch at the time. The diamond brooch is engraved with a 60 and was given to the Queen by her grandchildren. British media, including the 'Metro', are now speculating whether Camilla wore the brooch with a special ulterior motive - Queen Elizabeth II had already replaced Queen Victoria in 2012 as the longest reigning monarch in the world.
Princess Kate also commemorated the Queen in a special way . The pearl necklace comes from Elizabeth II's personal jewelery collection and the matching pearl earrings were loaned to her by the Queen for the first time in 2017. By the way, Kate also wore both necklace and earrings to Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021.
In 2018, the Queen gifted the Duchess the set of diamond and pearl earrings . Now Meghan wore the jewelry to commemorate the funeral of the monarch.
Even the smallest princess wore jewelry that reminded her - and us - of Elizabeth II . And above all one of her hobbies: horseback riding! Den Charlotte's brooch featured nothing more than a horseshoe brooch - a small but extremely cute reminder of the monarch and her love of horses.
Princess Eugenie, one of the Queen's granddaughters, carried a handbag by designer Gabriela Hearst, named Diana, to the funeral. She carried the same handbag – like Kate her earrings – to Prince Philip's funeral.
Eugenie's sister, Princess Beatrice, did not wear jewelry at her grandmother's funeral. Instead, she just wore a simple black hat. The princess also refrained from accessories at the vigil in Westminster Hall.
As at the vigil, Elizabeth II's youngest granddaughter wore her horse necklace today. Like little Princess Charlotte, she probably wanted to remind her of her grandmother's love of horses.
Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex and wife of Prince Edward, went less with her jewelry and more with her dress to pay tribute to the Queen. Flowers could be seen all over the dark blue fabric – according to the British “Express”, possibly in memory of the Queen and her love of nature.
The eldest Queen's granddaughter wore pearl earrings at the funeral, also reminiscent of her grandmother. According to 'Express', the Queen herself never left the house without a pair of pearls, especially in the 70s.
And even Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's ex-wife , presented a brooch with meaning. The silver swallow is still a symbol of love and according to the 'Metro' means something like 'a safe journey home' - or in relation to the Queen's funeral: a safe journey to heaven. Ten years ago, nobody would have thought that the former Duchess of York would say goodbye to the Queen with such a message. After umpteen scandals, the disgraced Fergie was not allowed to attend William and Kate's wedding in 2011, for example. (jbü)