The Sentimental Styles Chosen for Prince Philip’s funeral

The Sentimental Styles Chosen for Prince Philip’s funeral

As promised, I am back with a publish on some of the styles worn at Prince Philip’s funeral this Saturday.

First, some background through Bethan Holt’s Saturday column in The Telegraph.  

“Mourning gown has been part of European royal culture for centuries, however it reached its top in the 19th century with the influence of Queen Victoria, who set a common for the rest of society to follow,” says Matthew Storey, curator at Historic Royal Palaces, which holds the Royal Ceremonial gown collection. “When her beloved other half died in 1861 she abandoned the colourful clothes of her married life and, with the rest of the royal court, adopted black garments as an outward indication of grief. Her subjects duly followed suit, causing a rush on suppliers of mourning material up as well as down the country.”

Some thoughts on ‘mourning jewelry’ from The Court Jeweler: 

The general idea: “white” jewels, mainly diamonds as well as pearls, worn on dark (or sometimes white) clothing. The Queen tends to select diamond as well as pearl brooches with traditional shapes as well as style themes, commonly with ribbon or floral motifs. These jewels are not meant to grab the spotlight or draw the eye. Instead, they are worn as part of mourning attire: great garments worn well as a method to honor the dead, in tones that assist to remind the rest of the living that the mourners are engaged in a period of peaceful reflection as well as grief.

HM was in an ensemble most likely created by Angela Kelly, HM’s personal assistant as well as dressmaker, as well as a longtime confidante. 

The Queen wore the Richmond Brooch, seen below in the inset at the top of the lefthand photo.  As The Telegraph noted, it was “…made by Hunt as well as Roskell as well as provided to Mary, the Queen’s grandmother, as a wedding event present in 1893 by the town of Richmond as well as inherited by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth when her grandma died in 1953.” 

Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault reports HM likewise wore Pearl & Diamond button Earrings as well as a three Strand Pearl Necklace. 

I do not understand who made the Duchess of Cornwall’s ensemble however do have info about her brooch as well as mask, the latter a topic a number of people asked about.

UPDATE: With thanks to Trudy for her input, The everyday Mail reports the Duchess wore a coat as well as matching gown by Anna Valentine.  Atop the coat, her Bugle Horn Rifles Brooch, referencing her function as Colonel-in-Chief of the unit.  The Duke of Edinburgh handed off that function to her after he held the setting for 67 years. below you see the Duchess wearing the brooch in November 2020.

It looks like her face mask is by Chester Beatty, a Dublin-based company. 

The pattern is the Black & Gold Thai style (€9.95, about $12 at today’s exchange rates); the mask is 100% polyester. UPDATE APR20: With thanks to Maryalice for her comment, the link is to the gift shop at the Chester Beatty library as well as Museum, created to home the collections of mining magnate Chester Beatty. 

The Duchess of Cambridge likewise wore jewelry pieces with sentimental attachments, both borrowed from HM. 

Her necklace is the four Row Pearl Choker, featuring four strands of pearls as well as a center diamond clasp. The Court Jeweler writes, “The pearls were reportedly a gift from the Japanese government, potentially acquired during the 1970s, when she made a state see to that nation.” 

You may keep in mind the Duchess wearing this piece for a personal dinner at Windsor Castle in 2017, celebrating the Queen as well as Prince Philip’s 70th wedding event anniversary. 

Here you see The Queen wearing the necklace in 1983. 
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The necklace was loaned to Diana, Princess of Wales, for a 1982 banquet at Hampton Court Palace (photo here). Below, a better look at Saturday’s necklace as well as earrings.

Many recognized the Bahrain Pearl as well as Diamond decrease Earrings.  right here is background on them as reported by Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault:

One of the wedding event gifts received by Princess Elizabeth as well as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947 was a pearl shell containing seven big pearls from the ruler of Bahrain at the time. According to the Royal Collection, two of these pearls were utilized not long after to produce this pair of earrings.

The earrings each include one big round diamond as well as four smaller ones, three baguette diamonds, as well as a Bahrain pearl dangling below.

Lady Louise as well as her mother, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, likewise wore jewelry with sentimental significance.

Lady Louise’s brooch featured a horse’s head as well as curled whip, referencing carriage riding, something she shared with her late grandfather, while Sophie’s brooch of interlocking hearts was “a gift from her other half to mark their very first wedding event anniversary in 2000,” per The Court Jeweller. 

Now for our look at the Duchess of Cambridge’s apparel as well as accessories for Saturday’s service. 

She was in practically all repeat pieces topped by an elegant new (to us) Catherine Walker coat.

The coat is the Beau tie style, introduced for the Christmas season in a festive red color. 

Catherine Walker describes the garment as a “…coatdress with pleats falling carefully from the take on to tie into a bow at the neckline.”  It features princess seams, structured shoulders, 3 self-covered buttons at the front as well as at each cuff, as well as a distinctive bow.

Beneath the coat, a gown by Roland Mouret very first seen at the annual Festival of Remembrance in November 2018.  

The Asymmetric Neck style gown is made of wool with a stretch-silk lining. It showcases a fitted bodice, elbow-length sleeves with a belled cuff, as well as an exposed back zipper.

The necklines of the gown as well as coat were an outstanding backdrop for the necklace as well as earrings the Duchess wore.   

The Duchess wore her hair in an elaborate updo. 

She brought back a Philip Treacy hat very first worn for Remembrance Sunday in November 2019.

It was an elegant, understated style statement.

It looked like the Duchess wore her Gianvito Rossi 105 suede pumps.

The Duchess carried a Jimmy Choo clutch she has had for some time, the Celeste style in black velvet. The bag measures 8″ x 4″ as well as comes with an optional chain for carrying the piece as a take on bag. 

I do not understand who made the Duchess’s gloves or mask however will update the publish if I discover anything about those items.  UPDATE APR 19: It looks like Kate may have carried her Cornelia James ‘Alice’ gloves. 

UPDATE APR 20: With thanks to Zamira for her email, the Duchess wore a mask by Amaia Kids, the ‘Duke/Duchess’ style (£15).

Here is one much more picture from Saturday’s events. 

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Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault publish on jewelry worn on Saturday is here; The Court Jeweller’s publish is here.  

Bethan Holt’s everyday Telegraph column on the history of royal mourning gown codes is here; her piece on styles worn for Saturday’s funeral is here.

Our in-depth publish on necklaces loaned to the Duchess by HM is here; our in-depth protection of earrings loaned by the Queen to the Duchess is here. 


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