Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Mourn Queen Elizabeth II With Pearl Jewelry

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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has arrived at Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state until Monday, the day of her funeral.

King Charles III, Prince William and Prince Harry followed the coffin on foot as it made its journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where other senior members of the royal family met them, including Camilla, Queen Consort; Catherine, Princess of Wales; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

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The queen died on Sept. 8, aged 96 at Balmoral, her home in Scotland, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Then and now: the the procession for Princess Diana in 1997 and Queen Elizabeth II's in 2022.
Then and now: The procession for Princess Diana in 1997 and Queen Elizabeth II’s in 2022.

For the procession, the queen’s coffin was draped with the Royal Standard flag, which features three gold lions for England, a red lion for Scotland and a harp for Ireland with the Imperial State Crown sitting atop, which has the Cullinan Il diamond, cut from the largest diamond in the world.

On Saturday afternoon, William and Harry put aside their differences to pay tribute to their late grandmother and to greet members of the public outside Windsor Castle. They were accompanied by their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

At Westminster Hall, Kate and Meghan paid respect to the queen with their jewelry.

The Princess of Wales wore a new Catherine Walker coat in black, of which she has a similar style in beige. She added the queen’s diamond and pearl leaf brooch to mark the occasion. Kate previously wore the brooch in Belgium in 2017.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Peter Phillips follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall 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. (Photo by Darren Fletcher - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Prince William, Prince of Wales; Catherine, Princess of Wales; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Peter Phillips follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall. (Photo by Darren Fletcher/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Also in two soft nods to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, Kate wore her Collingwood earrings and pearl bracelet. She first wore the earrings to a Spanish state banquet in July 2017. The earrings were a gift to Diana on her wedding day from the company Collingwood, the family jeweler of the Spencer family.

Meghan opted for a Givenchy black coat that she first wore in 2019 on a special visit to the Association of Commonwealth Universities while pregnant. She accessorized the somber ensemble with a black Loewe postal bag and Paul Andrew black pumps, both of which she has worn before.

It’s understood that Meghan’s pearl earrings were a gift from the queen for their first joint engagement together.

The significance behind Kate and Meghan’s pearl earrings is that they were worn as mourning jewelry during Queen Victoria’s era.

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