Princess Beatrice was part of today’s ceremony at Westminster Hall for the beheading of Queen Elizabeth II in London. Béatrice was accompanied by her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. They both followed Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it was carried by a gun carriage of the King’s Royal Horse Artillery troop from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

The princess followed royal traditions in a dark outfit, wearing a ruffled coat decorated with a bow, with a black skirt, black tights and matching pumps. She accessorized the look with a chunky velvet headband that also featured black bow detailing.


Princess Beatrice at the Palace of Westminster during the procession for the statehood of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London.

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The tradition of black mourning clothes began during the Roman Empire. At the time, the family of the deceased wore dark colored togas as a sign of grief. This tradition persisted throughout medieval times when widows wore black bonnets and veils to mourn the loss of loved ones in England. By the end of the 19th century, black clothing had become associated with mourning after Queen Victoria spent 40 years wearing only black to mourn the loss of her husband, Prince Albert.


LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Camilla, Queen Consort, Sir Timothy Laurence , Mr Peter Phillips, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Beatrice and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent are seen inside the Palace of Westminster for Queen Elizabeth II's reclining state on September 14, 2022 in London, England.  Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in a procession on a King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Queen Camilla, Sir Timothy Laurence, Mr Peter Phillips, Princess Sophie, Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice and Prince Edward, are seen inside the Palace of Westminster as the first quarter takes office during the statehood of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England.

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Although there are no official rules for royal women regarding the wearing of pantyhose in public, royal women are expected to wear black or nude pantyhose during the period of mourning as a sign of respect. Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace has said the Queen’s state funeral will take place on September 19 at 11 a.m. The Queen will rest in state at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects.

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