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The Meaning Behind Princess Charlotte's Funeral Brooch

Princess Charlotte's First-Ever Brooch Is a Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The Meaning Behind Princess Charlotte's Funeral Brooch
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As Queen Elizabeth II's coffin was carried from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle as part of her funeral service, several members of the Royal Family made stylistic nods to the late monarch. Whether through the choice to wear pearls or the appearance of iconic family jewels, the solemn occasion brought out timeless yet carefully thought-out ensembles from the likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

But the youngest royals were also making sartorial tributes in their own way. Princess Charlotte joined her parents and brother, Prince George, at Westminster Abbey, seen greeting other members of the Royal Family. Charlotte wore a black coat from Ancar, which had a velvet collar and buttons that ran down a scalloped edge at the front. With black tights, she slipped into a pair of Mary Janes from Manuela de Juan. For headwear, the young princess favoured a black JT Millinery hat with a bow.

Most notable, however, is that Charlotte chose this occasion to wear her first-ever brooch, which is poignant knowing her late great-grandmother's penchant for the jewellery item. In fact, her small diamond horseshoe brooch is not only a nod toward Queen Elizabeth II's love of horses, but it was also a gift to Princess Charlotte from the late Queen herself, making the choice to wear it today all the more meaningful.

With this look, Princess Charlotte emulated her mother, who stood beside her in a similar style. On Middleton was a custom black Alexander McQueen coat — identical to the white version that she wore for the Trooping of Colour earlier this year. As for her jewellery, she chose the same Bahrain pearl drop earrings and four-row pearl choker necklace that she wore to Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021, both of which once belonged to the Queen.

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