The Prince and Princess of Wales reunited with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex once again as they paid their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on Wednesday, and the emotional occasion was marked with two very special pieces of jewellery.
Kate, Princess of Wales, wore an all black ensemble which was adorned with a striking silver and white brooch—a deliberate, meaningful choice from the royal. The piece was the Queen’s own diamond leaf brooch which features a trio of pearls. Her Majesty was last seen wearing it in 1999 on her 73rd birthday, which she celebrated while visiting South Korea’s capital, Seoul.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex also wore a black outfit with silver and white accessories, including pearl drop earrings which were gifted to her by Queen Elizabeth back in 2018.
She delivered the gift shortly before the two royals attended their first ever joint engagement about a month after Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry. Many royal watchers will remember the event at the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Cheshire, UK—pictures of the Queen, dressed in a vibrant green ensemble, and Meghan laughing joyfully together are a reminder of the special relationship they shared.
This was reflected when Meghan and Harry welcomed their daughter in 2021—they called her Lilibet, the nickname family members used for Her Majesty when she was a child.
Along with the Sussexes and the Waleses, the event at Westminster Hall was attended by most of the Queen’s extended family. Her four children, their spouses and many of their children sombrely joined the procession.
Now, the Queen’s body will lie in state for four days while members of the public come to pay their respects. Afterwards, the Queen’s funeral will be held and she’ll finally be laid to rest back at Windsor Castle alongside her late husband Prince Phillip and other prominent royals.
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