Kate and the royal women ‘planned’ to wear mourning veils at the Queen’s funeral

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Queen Elizabeth II was known to remain stoic during public appearances, and although her funeral will be a difficult day for members of the royal family, it is likely that many will want to follow in her footsteps. However, a few tears are likely on the somber occasion and, according to a fashion expert, an age-old tradition of mourning could help the women in the family maintain some “intimacy” even as the whole world watches.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, fashion coach Miranda Holderwho is known for her viral TikTok-style videos posted under the username @themirandaholder “Your Feel Good Fashion Coach” explained why she “expects” Kate Middleton and other royal women to wear some form of mourning veil during the service.

She said: “During the funeral, I anticipate that mourning veils will be worn, although it is not absolutely insisted on, it is royal tradition.”

Mourning veils date back hundreds of years and serve both practical and aesthetic purposes.

Mourning veils were popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. After the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861, she chose to wear a mourning veil and some form of mourning dress until his death in 1901.

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“It’s simply a helmet with a piece of towel or netting that comes down to partially conceal the face, allowing the Royal Family member to have a bit more privacy at this emotional time.

“They have to stay as emotionally neutral as possible at all times and that’s obviously very difficult for them at the moment. And it also helps to protect them a bit, which is obviously very nice for them.”

More recently, at Prince Philip’s funeral, his daughter Princess Anne opted for a more modern version of the mourning veil.

Miranda said: “We saw Princess Anne wearing a kind of mourning veil with a hat for Prince Philip’s funeral, although we didn’t see the Queen in one.”

For the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, Princess Anne was pictured wearing a large black hat with a black mesh veil.

Although her face could be seen through the fabric, the netting hung low over the brims of her hat to provide a subtle barrier.

Kate Middleton also wore her own version of a mourning veil at the funeral. The Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge opted for a small black hat by designer Phillip Tracy, with mesh detailing hanging down the front.

Queen Elizabeth II herself had previously chosen to wear a mourning veil at the funeral of her father, King George VI, in 1952. Unlike the shorter, modern mourning veils worn by royal women, Her Majesty opted for a more traditional veil.

The black veil was made of chiffon and was long enough to hang below her waist. As was tradition, the veil covered both the front and the back of her head.

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