Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral took place on the morning of September 19 in London, where the royal family paid their respects to the longest-reigning British monarch at Westminster Hall. Meghan Markle, 41, attended the lavish event in an outfit that paid homage to her time with the Queen in more ways than one.
The Duchess of Sussex styled a black cape Stella McCartney dress over sheer black stockings and satin pumps, finishing off her look with her Cartier love bracelet, Valentino gloves and a bespoke Stephen Jones Millinery x Dior hat. The knee-length shift dress to comply with the official dress code may sound familiar, as Markle wore a navy blue but almost identical outfit to the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall on April 21, 2018 — just a month before she married Prince Harry.
Markle’s wedding reception gown was also designed by British designer McCartney, who was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her platinum jubilee last June. The fitting choice also has a connection to Kate Middleton’s funeral dress, as she also chose Alexander McQueen (the fashion house behind her own wedding gown), a British label.
Markle’s most important accessory was her pearl earrings, which she wore last Wednesday, September 14, for the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace. Not only are pearls traditionally said to symbolize purity and tears, but Markle’s special pair was a gift from the Queen ahead of their first solo outing in Cheshire in June 2018.
In the end, Markle didn’t hold back in her choice of sarcasm. Ahead, check out her previous Stella McCartney outfits from 2018, and then find every angle of her funeral.