Portfolio tribute. Meghan Markle honored the late Queen Elizabeth II with her choice of jewelry during a service at the Westminster Royal Family Hall.
The 41-year-old Duchess of Sussex arrived at London Cathedral on Wednesday, September 14, along with Sophie, Countess of Wessex. As their car pulled up to Westminster Hall, she joined 57-year-old Sophie. Queen consort Camilla as well as Princess Kate salute the coffin of the late queen. Suits an alum who married the queen’s grandson Prince Harry in May 2018, she even curtsied in front of Her Majesty’s coffin as it was carried by British troops.
For the macabre occasion, Meghan donned a black dress with a matching enchanter. The California native’s hair was pulled back into a sleek bun, with a hat and veil attached to it on top. Meghan’s look was completed with a pair of thin pearl earrings that had previously been donated by the Queen. (Us weekly earlier in October 2018, it was confirmed that the late regent gave Meghan a pair of diamond and pearl earrings ahead of her first solo public appearance.)
While the four women arrived by car on Wednesday, their spouses King Charles III, Prince EdwardHarry and Prince William – walked from Buckingham Palace to the chapel, behind the Queen’s coffin. The Prince of Wales, 40, walked side by side with the Duke of Sussex, 37, on a nearly one mile grim walk. Princess Anna as well as Prince Andrew also joined the procession.
As soon as everyone arrived at Westminster Hall, Archbishop of Canterbury presided over a 20-minute service in which Meghan stood next to Harry. After its completion, the couple walked out, holding hands.
Meghan, who shares son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 15 months, with Harry, traveled to England earlier this month for a series of public events with her husband. After the death of the queen, the couple remained abroad during the time of mourning in the country.
Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday 8 September that Her Majesty has passed away at the age of 96.
“As we celebrate the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, and mourn her loss, we all remember that she was a guiding compass for many in her commitment to service and duty. She was admired and respected around the world,” BetterUp’s CIO wrote Monday, September 12, in a statement. “Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life, and now her eternal legacy.”
Harry continued at the time, “Grandma, although this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories of you to the first time I met you as my commander-in-chief, to the first minute you met my beloved wife and embraced his beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish these moments with you and many other special moments in between. You are already greatly missed not only by us, but by the whole world. And as for the first meetings, we are now honoring my father in his new role as King Charles III.”