What the Royal Family will wear to the Queen’s funeral
Ceremonies in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, from the memorial service to the state, follow strict rules of protocol. His funeral service will be no exception – right down to the royal dress code.
Members of the Royal Family will all be present, including the Queen’s four children, her eight grandchildren and their spouses, as well as several British prime ministers, including former and current ones. It is unclear whether the Queen’s great-grandchildren will be attending.
What the royal family wears to the funeral will largely be dictated by tradition.
Military uniform: As working members of the Royal Family, three of the Queen’s children – King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward – and her grandson, Prince William, will be dressed in military uniform at the funeral of the Queen, according to Buckingham Palace.
Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, the Queen’s son and grandson respectively, are the only living members of the Queen’s immediate family to have served in the military during wartime. Although they are both not in uniform at the funeral as they no longer work for the royal family.
With rare exceptions, both did not wear their uniforms on major ceremonial occasions during the Queen’s mourning period. Prince Andrew was dressed in uniform when he and his siblings watched over the Queen’s coffin, and Prince Harry will be allowed to do the same on Saturday when the Queen’s grandchildren watch over her coffin.
All Black: A formal all-black dress code is ‘always adhered to’ by the royal family at state funerals, according to Debrett’s, the self-proclaimed “Keeper of Records and Chronicler of British Society” and royal authority. For women, this means black knee-length dresses or coats and black hats. For men not in military dress, that means black jackets.
On Monday, members of the royal family, including Camilla, the queen consort; Kate, Princess of Wales; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and Sophie, Countess of Sussex, will wear black, as they have done since news of the Queen’s death was announced.
Sails: Long black veils covering the face are also commonplace at state funerals, a tradition said to have started with Queen Victoria.
At King George VI’s funeral in 1952, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret all memorably wore waist-length black veils, which were a “somber reminder of the importance of the occasion “, Debrett said.
For Princess Grace of Monaco’s funeral in 1982, Princess Diana wore a black straw hat with a black veil.
For the Queen’s funeral, female members of the royal family are likely to follow the tradition by wearing black veils – called mourning veils – which fully or partially cover their faces.
ABC News’ Katie Kindelan contributed to this report.