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.
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.
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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