The Symbolism Behind Kate Middleton’s Dress at Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral

Happy memories of Queen Elizabeth live on.

Kate Middleton paid a moving tribute to her late mother-in-law with a special outfit at Monday’s state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.

The new Princess of Wales brought back the same Alexander McQueen coat dress she wore to June’s Trooping the Color events at the Platinum Jubilee — in a black version of the exact piece she wore in white to mark her 70th anniversary. Queen Elizabeth on the throne.

Featuring a full skirt and two buttons at the waist, the single-breasted blazer-style coat dress is a tailored piece from the British designer, with the princess wearing the white version for the first time at the G7 summit in 2021.

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The Princess of Wales wore a familiar coat dress to Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral yesterday.
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Picking out a cheery blue and white hat and sapphire and diamond earrings that belonged to Princess Diana for her anniversary ensemble, the 40-year-old royal went with sentimental pieces from the late monarch for yesterday’s funeral services in London and Windsor.

Wearing a wide-brimmed black Philip Treacy hat with a dramatic veil, Middleton wore pieces of pearls and diamonds that belonged to the Queen — the same jewelry she wrote for Prince Philip’s 2021 funeral.

She chose Queen Elizabeth’s four-strand pearl necklace with a diamond clasp, the Bahrain Pearl earrings with pearl and diamond drops and a four-strand pearl bracelet from Her Majesty’s collection.

The Princess of Wales – who brought Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) to honor their great-grandmother – added black tights and black heels from Gianvito Rossi to complete her look.

Dedicated Service to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The princess looked gloomy in her veiled hat during yesterday’s service in Windsor.

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Prince George joined the Windsor women and Princess Charlotte as they honored Queen Elizabeth yesterday.

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Little Charlotte also did her part to honor Queen Elizabeth through her outfit, pinning a diamond horseshoe brooch to her coat that was said to have been a gift from the late sovereign.

The Princess of Wales and her family have canceled their previously planned public engagements – including Prince William’s trip to New York City this week – following the death of Queen Elizabeth II as the royal family is in a period of official mourning.

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The Queen’s four-strand pearl bracelet is visible on the Princess as she comforted Princess Charlotte yesterday.
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