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Queen Consort Camilla Embraces Somber Dressing Traditions With Insect Brooch & Pearl Necklace for Queen Elizabeth’s Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall

Camilla, queen consort, the wife of King Charles III, joined the procession for the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II in London at Westminster Hall. The Queen was driven in a car in the company of Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton. They both followed Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin while it was taken by a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

The queen consort followed the royal traditions in a somber outfit, wearing a black coat with black tights and matching pumps. As per the mourning etiquette, she wore a black hat with a veil and accessorized with a striking insect brooch.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort and Princess Anne, Princess Royal follow pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery 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 is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Darren Fletcher - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla follow pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
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The brooch is part of the Queen’s collection of insect-shaped jewelry. She has seen wearing dragonfly and butterfly brooches before.

Camilla also wore a pearl necklace, which she had seen wearing in a photo that marked her and Charles’ 14th wedding anniversary.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Camilla, Queen Consort departs in a car after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery 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 is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Queen Camilla departs in a car after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England.
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Wearing pearls is part of the mourning tradition in the UK that dates to the 19th century. When Prince Albert died in 1861, his wife, Queen Victoria, spent the rest of her life wearing only black. However, she would occasionally have a piece of jewelry, almost always a pearl necklace. White pearls are considered to denote purity and represent tears. In 1878, to mourn the loss of both her daughter Princess Alice and son Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wore brooches with their initials and a single white pearl.

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 the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery 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 is 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, Sophie, Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice and Prince Edward, are seen inside the Palace of Westminster as the First Watch begins their duty during the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 14, 2022 in London, England.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort depart after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery 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 is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla depart after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England.
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Meghan Markle was also part of the procession. Prince Harry’s wife was in the same car as Princess Sophie.

Buckingham Palace said that the Queen’s state funeral will take place on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Abbey for four days to allow the public to pay their respects.

TOPSHOT - Britain's King Charles III (REAR) and Camilla, Queen Consort leave Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022, where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, will Lie in State on a Catafalque. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s King Charles III (REAR) and Camilla, Queen Consort leave Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022, where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, will Lie in State on a Catafalque. – Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall.
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