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The Princess Of Wales Attends The Remembrance Day Service In Princess Diana’s Earrings

The Princess Of Wales Attends The Remembrance Day Service In Princess Diana’s Earrings

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For her second appearance over Remembrance weekend, the Princess of Wales turned to Catherine Walker, whose Chelsea atelier provided countless designs for Diana, Princess of Wales throughout her years as a working member of the Firm. Most famously, the homegrown British label is behind some of the late royal’s most memorable evening gowns, worn everywhere from Saudi Arabia to South Korea.
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Kate, however, frequently wears Catherine Walker for more reserved occasions (including Remembrance Sunday in 2019 and 2020). This year, the Duchess joined the Queen Consort on a Whitehall balcony to watch the wreath-laying ceremony – led, for the first time, by King Charles III – wearing the label’s Evie coat dress, a military-style design that nodded to the nature of the occasion. (As the cofounder of the brand, Said Cyrus, told Vogue previously: “I’m very aware of the fact that we design for businesswomen who have an important role in life… They come to Catherine Walker & Co for garments that are suitable for the role they are playing and that match up to the power they have.”)
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The Princess’s earrings, meanwhile, have an even stronger connection to Diana: Kate inherited the diamond and pearl set from her late mother-in-law, and recently wore them to attend the Buckingham Palace Reception for foreign dignitaries on the eve of the Queen’s funeral. For her part, Diana preferred to wear the horseshoe-shaped studs and drop pearls with the Spencer tiara, most notably during a performance by the English National Ballet in Budapest in 1992.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

Meghan Markle, Duchess Of Sussex, Honored Queen Elizabeth With Meaningful Pearl Earrings

Meghan Markle, Duchess Of Sussex, Honored Queen Elizabeth With Meaningful Pearl Earrings

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There are strict protocols around royal mourning dress, with the colour black acting as a visual symbol of grief and symbolic jewellery and military tokens worn as a sign of respect. At the Westminster Hall service, marking Queen Elizabeth II’s final departure from Buckingham Palace before she lies in state ahead of the funeral, the Duchess of Sussex took a leaf out of her sister-in-law’s style playbook.
While the new Princess of Wales wore pearl drop earrings once belonging to Princess Diana and the Queen’s Diamond and Pearl Leaf Brooch, Meghan wore a pair of classic pearl and diamond studs that were gifted to the former actor by Her Majesty. (When the primary photo ops are shoulder-up car shots in a formal procession, the choice of jewels is everything.)
The Duchess travelling to Westminster Hall with Sophie, Countess of Wessex during the procession for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Getty
Meghan, whose whistlestop European tour plans were shelved after the death of the Queen on 8 September, has so far supported The Firm in discreet inky black separates peppered with timeless tokens by Cartier and Jennifer Meyer. Today’s earrings, which she framed with an understated veiled headpiece and boxy coat, allowed the Duchess to pay respect to the former monarch without looking at all showy – a crucial balance to strike when the entire world is watching.
Meghan supporting Prince Harry in the formal procession following the Queen’s coffin on its final journey ahead of the funeral. Photo: Getty
The Sussexes joined other royals who gathered to receive the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace last night, before it was draped with the Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown placed on top for today’s procession. Meghan and Harry will then pay their respects to Her Majesty one final time at Westminster Abbey on 19 September, alongside heads of state, dignitaries and the general public, who have turned out in their thousands to honor the family.
The Duchess and the Queen on their only solo engagement in 2018. Photo: Getty
Having stepped down as a senior royal and relocated to California, it could have been challenging for Meghan to switch suddenly into formal mode. But the Duchess – who wore those special earrings during her only solo engagement with the Queen in 2018 – was the picture of polish and poise.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
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