What Dress Code Did the Royal Family Follow at the Queen’s Funeral?

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Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday celebration or a funeral, the Royal family knows how dress up! Whatever the occasion might be, trust the royals to show up without a hair out of place, even a speck of lint on a jacket or a shoe unpolished!

The royals have always been the style inspiration with their classy fashion taste. The Queen’s funeral, held eleven days after the passing of Her Majesty, on 19th September, was no different.

However, the royals’ wardrobe for the Queen’s funeral, as per the code, consisted of either military uniforms or simply black dresses, the colour for mourning.

Given their prim and proper mannerism, it is not surprising that the royal family followed the dress code for funerals specified by Debrett’s Etiquette. Most women of the royal family were clad in sharply tailoured black knee-length dresses, or coats, black pillbox hats, pearls, and high heels. Some went as far as wearing mourning face-covering veils.

1. Princess Catherine

Once Kate Middleton, now Princess Catherine, dressed in her signature elegant style. She wore a black classic ebony coat dress with a brim black hat and a veil. Her minimal jewellery included a pearl necklace and earrings that were previously worn by Princess Diana and a pearl brooch that was earlier in possession of her Majesty.

What Kate Middleton from the royal family wore to the queen's funeral

2. Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex, as always ensuring that her impeccable style remains on point, wore an understated cape dress with a wide brim hat and a veil just like Kate. She completed her outfit with black elbow length gloves (we all know Meghan’s obsession with gloves, right?) and pearl earrings gifted to her by the Queen.

Despite being no longer a working member of the royal family, Meghan Markle followed the dress code on queen's funeral

3. Princess Anne

Princess Anne, contrary to the other ladies, opted for her military regalia – wearing her Royal Navy uniform with a smart white hat and starched gloves.

Princess Anne wore a military uniform

4. Princess Charlotte

The seven-year-old princess wore a black wool coat with a hat. She paid tribute to her greatest grandmother by wearing a horseshoe brooch gifted to her by the Queen.

Princess Charlotte wore a horseshoe brooch

5. Prince William

The dress code specifies the male members of the royal family to dress in military uniforms. The new Prince of Wales dressed accordingly by simply wearing his Royal Air Force No. 1 uniform with military medals.

Prince William wore a military uniform to the queen's funeral

6. Prince Harry

Prince Harry chose to go with a traditional black morning jacket with a tie and medals on his chest, forgoing the military attire because he could not appear in a uniform since he is no longer a working member of the royal family.

Prince Harry is no longer a working member of the royal family, therefore he could not wear a uniform

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