Why Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle will wear veils to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral – Page Six | Directory Mayhem

This is a royal style choice cloaked in tradition.

When it comes to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday September 19, viewers around the world should expect to see the royal family in military uniforms, suits and black outfits – but another piece of their mourning attire is in the hundreds shrouded in years of history.

Whether it was the long black veils worn by the Queen and Queen Mother to King George VI’s funeral in 1952, or the shorter, net-like style Kate Middleton wore to Prince Philip’s service in 2021, the mourning veil has been around for generations.

The Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex
Female members of the royal family are likely to wear veiled hats for Monday’s funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.
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The accessory could be seen as a Victorian tradition – after all, after the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wore a veil for the rest of her life.

However, the custom can be traced long before that, according to royal historian Jessica Storoschuk of An Historian About Town Page Six Style.

Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother all wore gold at the funeral of King George VI. traditional black veils.
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“The tradition of mourning veils goes back several centuries and has its roots in monastic dress,” she said, adding that the piece “was often seen as ‘armour’ and would protect their mourning from the public eye.”

Storoschuk, who also serves as a reporter for Royal Central, explained that “the length and style of the veil has changed over the years” and more modern veils are “often shorter and made of transparent materials”.

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Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor chose a full veil for the funeral of Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor.
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“The Princess of Wales’ veil at Westminster Hall was quite short and of black mesh, reflecting the current practice of ‘muted’ veils, if worn at all,” the historian said.

The Queen, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, for example, wore black veils in 1952 to greet their father and husband King George VI. to mourn, and Wallis Simpson did the same when her husband, the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII), died away in 1972.

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Along with her black veil, the then-Duchess added a black face mask to her attire for Prince Philip’s funeral.
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Decades later, it’s more common to see a smaller veiled hat — and while modern royal women don’t always choose one (for example, Queen Elizabeth II didn’t wear a veil at Prince Philip’s funeral) — it’s likely that we’ll see several of the family members wear it the accessory for the Monday service, albeit on a more reserved level.

Smart black hats with mesh, like the style Middleton wore to Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021 or to today’s service at Westminster Hall to begin the Queen’s representation, are a good choice for the late monarch’s funeral.

Megan Markle
The Duchess of Sussex could sport a similar veiled style for Monday’s funeral service.
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Meghan Markle has also sported a subtly veiled hat for a memorial service in the past and wore a gorgeous navy blue style for the 91st Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey in 2019.

In addition to veils, expect pearl jewelry to appear at the funeral.

The Queen’s coffin, topped with the Imperial State Crown, was carried in a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall today.

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While the Queen Consort chose not to wear a veiled hat today, it’s likely she will do so for the funeral.

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From the Princess of Wales’ brooch and earrings today, to the Queen Consort’s four-row chokers, members of the royal family have worn the late monarch’s favorite gemstone to bid her farewell.

Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96, will be buried on Monday September 19.

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The Sussexes and Waleses stopped to watch the floral tributes to the Queen laid outside Windsor Castle last Saturday.
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