The royals have marked the first remembrance weekend without Queen Elizabeth II present—the first time the late Monarch hasn’t led proceedings for 70 years. For Princess Kate, the best way to poignantly mark the occasion was with two very special outfits.
The royal attended the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday evening alongside husband Prince William wearing traditional black mourning attire. Her ensemble consisted of a black blazer dress by Self Portrait, and to accessorise, the Princess wore the four-strand pearl choker and drop earrings, the very same accessories she wore to the Queen’s funeral in September.
Kate added three poppy pins to her dress which are believed to represent her great-grandmother Olive Middleton’s three brothers, all of whom fought and died in World War I.
The following day, Kate stepped out alongside other royal family members for the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London. For the occasion, Kate wore another black blazer dress, this time by one of her favourite designers Catherine Walker.
The Princess added a black drop-brimmed hat and a pair of pearl earrings which were previously worn by Princess Diana. The subtle tributes made the sombre occasion all the more poignant.
The service marked the first time King Charles III has led the proceedings. He started the royal procession and laid a wreath in remembrance of those killed during World War I. Following behind him were Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Edward. Queen Consort Camilla, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and others from the royal family watched the proceedings from the balcony.
Remembrance weekend often marks the beginning of several weeks of engagements for the royals, who traditionally help to build up anticipation for Christmas by hosting festive events. This includes Kate’s annual Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey on December 15—this year, the concert will be held in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth. With that in mind, expect more subtle symbolism to come in the Princess’ coveted outfits.