Meghan Markle wears pearl earrings gifted by the Queen in touching tribute as she attends state funeral
Meghan Markle joined Prince Harry and the rest of the royal family for the Queen's state funeral on Monday
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Meghan Markle sported a pair of pearl earrings gifted to her by Queen Elizabeth II as she accompanied her husband, Prince Harry, and other members of the royal family during the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19. She received the pearls shortly after her wedding in 2018.
She earlier wore donned the same set of pearls to honor the late monarch during the procession of the Queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. During the same event, her sister-in-law, Princess of Wales, wore a diamond and pearl leaf brooch that belonged to the Queen, accessorizing it with a pair of Collingwood pearl drop earrings that belonged to Princess Diana.
Pearls have traditionally formed a part of the dress code for the members of the royal family during a period of mourning. In addition to their all-black attire, they frequently sport pearls, whether in earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or brooches. The white jewelry adds elegance to their outfit while standing out in contrast to their black mourning clothes.
In keeping with this tradition and to pay tribute to the Queen, the Duchess of Sussex donned the pearl earrings for the state funeral of Britain's longest reigning monarch. Markle kept her look minimal, pairing her black dress with the set of pearl earrings. Her dark hair was swept back neatly in an updo and she looked a picture of elegance, with black heels and gloves.
Meghan has spoken fondly of the Queen's gift to her during the explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. She referred to her outing with the Queen, saying, "The Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me. I mean, we had one of our first joint engagements together. She asked me to join her." The Duchess of Sussex then added, "We had breakfast together that morning, and she'd given me a beautiful gift, and I just really loved being in her company. And I remember we were in the car." When asked what the "beautiful gift" was, Markle revealed, "She gave me some beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace."
She had earlier donned the same set of earrings on June 14, 2018, during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire. This was her first and only solo royal engagement with the Queen, merely a month after her wedding. During the same visit, she accompanied the Queen to visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester.
For today's funeral, the Princess of Wales also paid tribute to the late Queen, sporting the monarch's Japanese pearl choker necklace, the same necklace she wore to Prince Philip's funeral.