A subtle tribute. During the Monday state funeral of Princess Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth II, on Monday, September 19, Princess Charlotte kept her great-grandmother close.
The service at Westminster Abbey was attended by the 7 year old with Prince George and their parents. Prince William Princess Kate. Charlotte wore a simple black dress and tights with a matching hat to the solemn occasion, much like her mother. Pinned to the front of the little one’s frock was a silver horseshoe brooch.
Charlotte’s accessory appeared to be a subtle shout-out to Elizabeth, whose passion for horses has influenced many British royal family members. The queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, represented England in eventing during the 1976 Olympic Games, riding one of the monarch’s horses for the competition.
Charlotte has always been interested in animals and has taken up a lot of responsibility over the years. Paralympian Kate, 40, spoke to Kate. Natasha Baker in 2018, she gushed over her daughter’s growing fascination with horses.
“I asked her how the children were, and she said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding, which is great to hear,” Baker recalled at the time. “She emphasized that Charlotte has this passion for horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.”
The young princess is far not the first royal to honor Elizabeth by fashion. Lady Louise Windsor, the queen’s youngest granddaughter, wore a horse-shaped charm necklace as she stood guard at Westminster Hall during a vigil on Saturday, September 17.
For Monday’s state funeral service, Kate also used her accessories to honor the late monarch, wearing a pearl-string necklace — a piece from Her Majesty’s royal collection — as a final tribute. The jewelry was paired by the Princess Of Wales with dangling earrings as well as a veiled fascinator.
Charlotte and George, 9, walked with their parents during the brief procession leading into the historic chapel as the queen’s casket was transported from Westminster Hall on Monday morning. The Cambridge children were next King Charles III, Queen Consort CamillaAnd more high-ranking royals Prince Harry Meghan MarkleTheir niece and nephew were closely followed. Prince Louis, the youngest of William and Kate’s sons, was not able to attend the funeral.
The Duchess of Cornwall spoke out earlier this month about the grief of her great-grandmother who died on September 8, at the age of 96. “[Louis said,] ‘At least Grannie is with Great-Grandpa now,’” Kate told a group of mourners on September 10 while viewing tributes placed outside of Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle residence.
George, Charlotte and Louis were not involved in the funeral service when Her Majesty’s husband, Prince Philip, died in April 2021. As the little ones continue to mourn the queen, their parents have had to answer some big questions — particularly from Louis.
“The younger one is now asking questions like, ‘Do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral,’ and things like that, because she’s not going to be there,” Governor-General David Hurleyafter speaking to Kate at a reception held at Buckingham Palace on Sunday September 18 for dignitaries. “The older one, [George], is sort of now realizing how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on.”
Scroll down to see how Charlotte honored Queen Elizabeth during her funeral.