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Princess Charlotte Wears Her First Brooch at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral

Princess Charlotte was accompanied by her older brother Prince George today at Westminster Abbey in London, the sibling duo dressed in formal wear in neutral tones for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. The eldest children of the Prince and Princess of Wales played a part in the funeral procession, walking just behind the coffin following their parents.

Like many who attended the ceremony, Charlotte appeared dressed in a somber set of wears, donning a high collared long black coat that flared out near the bottom and closed with black buttons.

The seven-year-old wore her first piece of jewelry to honor the Queen, a golden horseshoe brooch. Queen Elizabeth II always loved horses and made her passion for the animals public during her lifetime. At the time of her death, the late monarch reportedly owned more than 100 horses.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Princess Charlotte of Wales during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Princess Charlotte during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19, 2022 in London.
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Charlotte also wore a hat fastened to her head adorned with a black bow, its tails hanging off of the hat’s brim.

The funeral of Her Majesty the Queen Wellington Gate transfer of coffin from carriage to hearse before the final trip to Windsor. 19 Sep 2022 Pictured: Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Photo credit: WPA-Pool / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA898728_001.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]
Princess Charlotte and Prince George during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19, 2022 in London.
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The young royal wore opaque black tights and slipped into simple shiny black pointed-toe ballet flats that were secured in place with thick straps.

Princess Charlotte of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey for The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.
Princess Charlotte of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey for The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022 in London.
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The tradition of black mourning clothing started during the Roman Empire. Back then, the deceased’s family would wear a dark-colored toga as a sign of grief. This tradition persisted throughout medieval times. By the late 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. 

Princess Charlotte of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey for The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.
Princess Charlotte of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey for The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022 in London.
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Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Camilla, Queen consort are seen on The Mall ahead of The State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.
Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Camilla, Queen consort are seen on The Mall ahead of The State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022 in London.
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Buckingham Palace said that the Queen’s state funeral will take place on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. The fashion industry has also joined the nation in mourning as the British Fashion Council has recommended that London Fashion Week shows on Sept. 19 should be rearranged. 

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