Zara Tindall is the latest member of the Royal Family to arrive at Windsor Castle today. Zara is one of the 30 guests to attend her grandfather’s funeral, alongside her husband, Mike Tindall.
Pearls have always been associated with the Royal Family as the senior female members of the family have all been seen wearing the jewels multiple times.
The Queen is a fan of pearls as she is almost always seen wearing three strings of pearls around her neck, and a pearl necklace was also the first jewellery gift given to her as a child.
Kate Middleton opted for one of the Queen’s pearl necklaces for the funeral of Prince Philip today too.
The Duchess of Cambridge was also seen wearing Her Majesty’s Bahrain pearl drop earrings, given to the monarch as a wedding gift in 1947 by the ruler of Bahrain at the time.
Kate has worn these earrings before, most notably for last year’s Remembrance Sunday service in November.
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Zara Tindall arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip, which will take place at 3pm today.
The royal is just one of 30 guests allowed to attend due to current coronavirus restrictions.
Following royal funeral protocol, all guests will be wearing black, including those who would usually wear military uniforms.
It was announced this week that members of the Royal Family will not be wearing their military uniforms after “apparent difficulties in deciding who should be allowed to wear what”, Sky News reported.
Princess Anne wore her military uniform for the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, but is wearing black today due to the new rules, decided and ordered by the Queen.
Her Majesty wore a mid-length black coat, a black hat, and matching black tights, shoes, and bag for her mother’s funeral.
This is what she also wore for her sister’s funeral, also held in 2002.
Like Prince Philip’s funeral, Princess Margaret’s ceremony was a low-key affair, taking place in St George’s Chapel with only close family and friends in attendance.
The female Royals are today following dress code rules decided by the Queen for royal funerals.
The rules include wearing longer skirts with black tights, as well as wearing a hat or a fascinator.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the funeral’s attendees are today wearing black face masks.
After the news of the Prince’s death broke on April 9, all British newsreaders wore black, with BBC news presenter Martine Croxall changing to a black outfit live on air.
This is because that Operation Forth Bridge, which is code for Prince Philip’s death, dictated that newsreaders must wear black if on air throughout the day, as well as any other news presenters, as a sign of respect.
Additionally, MPs wore black armbands and will continue to do so until Prince Philip’s funeral.