Royal family members yesterday paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with their accessories when attending Her Majesty’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen, who died at Balmoral aged 96 on September 8, was rarely seen without her pearl earrings throughout her 70-year reign and was known for her elaborate collection of brooches.
In her honour, family members donned thoughtful jewellery and accessories as a mark of respect at the monarch’s funeral.
From Sarah Ferguson’s diamond swallow brooch with subtle undertones to Meghan’s pearl earrings that were a gift from the Queen, the royal family have used their accessories to express their love and respect.
The Queen Consort wore a brooch to mark the Queen’s long reign, whilst Lady Louise Windsor chose a horse pendant to express a shared passion.
SWALLOW BROOCH IS A SYMBOL OF SAFETY
Sarah Ferguson (pictured) was among many royals who paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral, through their accessories
Fergie donned a diamond swallow brooch to attend the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. She pinned it against her peter pan collared jacket
Fergie is pictured here with her two sons-in-law Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank. It has been speculated that she opted for the swallow diamond brooch as a mark of respect for her former mother-in-law
The Duchess of York, 62, elevated her outfit with a pair of diamond earrings and pinned a diamond-encrusted swallow brooch to the lapel of her coat.
HELLO! reported that Elmwood’s jewellers recognise swallows as a poignant motif in Victorian jewellery, deemed a symbol of safety as legend dictates swallows meant land was nearby, helping sailors navigate their way home.
Due to the face that swallow brooches were given to loved ones when they embarked on a journey to keep them safe until they returned home, Fergie may have chosen this motif as a mark of respect for her former mother-in-law.
HORSESHOE FOR GAN-GAN
The daughter of the newly appointed Prince and Princess of Wales pinned a diamond brooch in the shape of a horse shoe to her black mourning clothes
Pictured here with her brother Prince George, Princess Charlotte’s horseshoe brooch was a nod towards the Queen’s love of horses
Princess Charlotte also paid a subtle tribute to her great-grandmother at Her Majesty’s state funeral.
The seven-year-old daughter of the newly appointed Prince and Princess of Wales, pinned a diamond brooch in the shape of horseshoe to her black mourning clothes.
The brooch was a dainty nod to the Queen’s love of horses, who had her first riding at the age of three and was gifted a Shetland pony when she was just four-years-old.
This was the young Princess’s first-ever piece of poignant jewellery.
PEOPLE revealed that the sentimental brooch was gifted to the young princess by Queen Elizabeth II.
It is a love shared by her great-granddaughter; Kate was quoted in 2018 as saying that her only daughter had inherited the Queen’s passion for horses.
PRINCESS OF WALES
QUEEN’S PEARL NECKLACE AND EARRINGS
The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, wore two pieces of jewellery once belonged to the late monarch, her husband’s grandmother
The Princess, 40, wore a four-strand pearl choker with a centre diamond clasp, which the Queen previously wore for a state banquet in Bangladesh in 1983
Princess Kate wore a pair of Bahrain pearl drop earrings that were a gift to the Queen for her wedding in 1947
Kate Middleton, 40, also honored Queen Elizabeth II at the state funeral by donning two pieces that once belonged to the late monarch, her husband’s grandmother.
The Princess of Wales arrived at Westminster Abbey wearing a pair of Bahrain pearl drop earrings and a four-strand pearl choker with a centre diamond clasp.
Both of these items were from the Queen’s personal collection and the Queen previously wore the choker for a state banquet in Bangladesh in 1983 and the Bahrain earrings were a gift to the Queen for her wedding in 1947.
The pearls of the choker were reportedly a gift from the Japanese government, possibly acquired during the 1970s, when she made a state visit to that nation.
The necklace was constructed by Garrard.
Princess Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey in the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings and four-strand pearl choker with center diamond clasp, both from the Queen’s personal collection.
Kate previously wore the pieces for the funeral of the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 2021 and was spotted in the earring during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June this year.
In November 1982, the Queen famously loaned this choker to her new daughter-in-law, Diana, the Princess of Wales, to wear during a state visit from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
The Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings were part of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal collection.
They feature round diamond studs, with baguette-cut diamonds in an arrangement typical of the late 1940s, as well as pearls at the drop.
QUEEN VICTORIA’S DIAMOND BROOCH
Camilla, Queen Consort, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Sophie, Countess of Wessex during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen Consort, Camilla, who is often seen wearing pearls in public opted for a diamond brooch on the day of the Queen’s funeral, which once belonged to Queen Victoria
Camilla, 75, with her husband King Charles III. Her diamond brooch was gifted to Queen Victoria to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee
Camilla’s unique brooch was worn by Her Majesty herself during the Diamond Jubilee. The heart-shaped pin features the number 60 in Slavonic numerals wrought in diamonds, surrounded by a cabochon sapphire at the top and two large sapphire drops at the bottom
The Queen Consort, Camilla, who is often seen wearing pearls in public opted for a diamond brooch on the day of the Queen’s funeral, which once belonged to Queen Victoria.
The unique brooch was worn by Her Majesty herself during the Diamond Jubilee.
The heart-shaped pin features the number 60 in Slavonic numerals wrought in diamonds, surrounded by a cabochon sapphire at the top and two large sapphire drops at the bottom.
The brooch was gifted to Queen Victoria by her grandchildren. And Camilla may have worn it to mark the fact that Queen Elizabeth II was the longest serving monarch.
In October 1897, the Glasgow Herald reported that Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee gifts had been placed on display at the Imperial Institute in London. The brooch was among the numerous gifts displayed.
The Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall (pictured) also paid tribute to her late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at her state funeral, opting for a pair of pearl earrings
The daughter of Princess Anne wore a smart black outfit, which she paired with a black pillbox hat and a pair of pearl earrings, an accessory the Queen was rarely seen without
Zara and her husband Mike Tindall leaving Westminster Abbey after the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall also paid tribute to her late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at her state funeral.
Princess Anne’s daughter wore a smart black outfit, which she paired with a black pillbox hat and a pair of pearl earrings.
The Queen was rarely pictured without her beloved pearls during her 70-year reign.
Wearing pearls has become a royal family mourning tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria.
DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS FROM THE QUEEN
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (pictured) also opted for pearl earrings at the Queen’s funeral as a mark of respect
Wearing pearls has become a royal family mourning tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria
Meghan Markle notably wore the pearl and diamond drop earrings that the Queen gave her during their first engagement together in 2018.
A smaller version of the Queen Mary’s Button Earrings the royal wore nearly almost every day, the pair reportedly came straight from Her Majesty’s personal jewelry collection.
The Duchess of Sussex also wore the special set on Wednesday, as the Queen’s casket was transported from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
Meghan’s choice of pearl earrings are significant as the royals’ tradition of wearing pearls dates back to Queen Victoria.
LADY LOUISE WINDSOR
HORSE NECKLACE FOR ‘GRANNY’
Lady Louise Windsor, (pictured) who is the eldest child of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, wore a simple silver necklace with a horse pendant to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
Lady Louise Windsor pictured here leaving the state funeral with her brother James, Viscount Severn. Her horse pendant was a nod to the Queen’s love of horses
Younger members of the royal family also paid tribute to the late monarch through their sartorial choices.
Lady Louise Windsor, who is the eldest child of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, wore a simple silver necklace with a horse pendant to the funeral.
Like Charlotte, Lady Louise’s choice is believed to symbolise a shared love of horses with the Queen.
Louise paired the necklace with a traditional all-black outfit, along with a padded headband complete with a bow.
Lady Louise was thought to be one of the favourite grandchildren of the late Queen, and shared an enjoyment of carriage driving with Prince Philip.