Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle wear black veils as they mourn for the Queen

One tradition that has been held at royal funerals for generations is that women of the royal family must wear a black lace veil of some form

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle wear black veils as they mourn for the Queen
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle pay their respect as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state (Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images and Alkis Konstantinidis/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will be held on Monday, September 19, after she died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The lying-in-state commenced Wednesday, September 14, and will last until the morning of the funeral, with thousands of mourners lining up to see the Queen’s coffin ahead of the funeral. Putting their differences aside, Prince William and Prince Harry stood together with their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to honor the Queen for her lying in state service inside Westminster Hall on Wednesday. 

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During the service, the 'Fab Four' stood in formation facing the coffin on its purple-covered catafalque, which was flanked with a tall, yellow flickering candle at each corner of the wide scarlet platform in the heart of Westminster Hall. Both Harry and William walked side-by-side for the 38-minute procession from Buckingham Palace. Amidst funeral duties and services, many members of the royal family, including Prince William, have been seen in military uniforms, while Prince Harry was not. 

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Pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as the hearse arrives at St. Giles' Cathedral after the procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse on September 12, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. King Charles III joins the procession accompanying Her Majesty The Queen's coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse along the Royal Mile to St Giles Cathedral. The King and The Queen Consort, accompanied by other Members of the Royal Family also attend a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the Life of The Queen where it lies in rest for 24 hours before being transferred by air to London.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as the hearse arrives at St. Giles' Cathedral after the procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse on September 12, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Russell Cheyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster 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.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, both sported black veils during the event and will be wearing it for the funeral as well. The princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex traveled in separate cars, with Meghan accompanied by the Countess of Wessex and Kate joined by Camilla, the Queen Consort. It was reported by Page Six that tradition plays an important part in all royal events and the state funeral is the biggest one in decades. One tradition that has been held at royal funerals for generations is that women of the royal family must wear a black lace veil of some form. This includes non-working members of the Royal Family as well. They are known as ‘mourning veils’ and are used to signify that the person wearing one is in mourning.

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The royal family (bottom, left to right) the Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex, the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Snowdon and Peter Phillips leave as the vigil begins around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday, on September 14, 2022 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: The royal family (bottom, left to right) the Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex, the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Snowdon and Peter Phillips leave as the vigil begins around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, London(Photo Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 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.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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In 1952, the Queen and Queen Mother wore long black veils at King George VI’s funeral while in 2021, during Prince Philip's funeral, Kate Middleton wore a netted style black veil. The accessory might be thought of as a Victorian tradition, Queen Victoria wore a veil for the rest of her life following the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert. However, according to the royal historian, Jessica Storoschuk of An Historian About Town, the custom can be traced long before that. “The tradition of mourning veils dates back several centuries, and has a basis in monastic dress,” she said, adding that the piece “was often considered to be ‘armour’ and would shield their grief from the public.” 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge bows her head as she stands at the Galilee Porch of St George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge bows her head as she stands at the Galilee Porch of St George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Sussexes stood at the back of the group of royals, with Harry directly behind William and Meghan behind Kate. The touching moment is the first time the couples have been seen together since their surprise walkabout together at Windsor Castle on Saturday, and a rare show of togetherness. As many as 750,000 mourners are expected to walk through Westminster Hall to pay their final respects.

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King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent pay their respects 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.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent pay their respects inside the Palace of Westminster for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state 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.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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