The meaning behind Princess Charlotte’s funeral brooch

Queen Elizabeth II’s casket was carried from London’s Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle as part of her funeral, with several members of the royal family paying a stylistic nod to the late monarch. Whether through the choice of wearing pearls or the presence of iconic family jewels, the solemn occasion brought timeless yet carefully thought-out ensembles from the likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

But the junior members of royalty were also paying artificial tribute 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 Anker, which had a velvet collar and buttons that went down to a scalloped edge down the front. Along with black tights, she slipped on a pair of Mary Janes from Manuela de Juan. For headwear, the young princess opted for a black jetty millinery hat with a bow.

Most notably, however, Charlotte chose this occasion to wear her first brooch, which is poignant given her late grandmother’s fondness for the jewelry item. In fact, her small diamond horseshoe brooch is not only a nod to Queen Elizabeth II’s love of horses, but was also a gift from the late Queen to Princess Charlotte, making the choice to wear it even more meaningful today.

With this look, Princess Charlotte emulated her mother, who stood next to her in a similar style. Middleton wore a custom black Alexander McQueen coat — similar to the white version she wore for Trooping the Color earlier this year. For her jewelry, she chose the same Bahraini pearl drop earrings and four-row pearl choker necklace she wore to Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, both of which once belonged to the Queen.

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