Sophie, Countess of Wessex Wore a Secret Tribute to Queen Elizabeth at the Monarch's Funeral

There were many, many sartorial tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II at the monarch's funeral—the pearl choker that Kate Middleton wore for the occasion, Meghan Markle's diamond and pearl earrings, which were a gift from the Queen, and Princess Charlotte's horseshoe brooch, a nod to the Queen's love both of horses and her signature accessory. Among the bejeweled homages, though, was another subtle fashion tribute, worn by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of the Queen's youngest child, Prince Edward.

To pay her final respects to her late mother-in-law, Sophie wore a black dress from Suzannah London, paneled in Italian wool and silk satin and custom embroidered by Jenny King Embroidery with florals that held special meaning for the Queen.

Photo credit: David Ramos - Getty Images
Photo credit: David Ramos - Getty Images

Along with lily of the valley, the Queen's favorite flowers, the panels also included motifs of florals from the Queen's wedding bouquet for her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip. The royal accented the piece with a diamond brooch in the shape of a strawberry branch—reportedly one of the late Queen's favorite fruits.

The designer shared a behind the scene's look at the making of the dress on their Instagram, giving an up close look at the delicate botanicals.

"An absolute honour and privilege to be given this opportunity to be a small part of modern history yesterday," Suzannah London wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to our dedicated team and all at @jennykingembroidery to enable the making of this beautiful coat dress design for HRH Countess of Wessex. Many beautiful panels of Italian wool and silk satin were embroidered as a tribute with Lily of the Valley - Her Majesty’s favourite flowers, intertwined with florals from her wedding bouquet."

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