Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was filled with tributes to her life and 70 years of reign. From the guests in pearl jewels to her famous veil worn on one of her favorite horses, her little details were everywhere. And an even more subtle tribute came in the form of Sophie, the Countess of Wessex’s dress.
Sophie, 57, joined her husband Prince Edward and senior members of the royal family for the state funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday and then admission to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle later the same day. .
The mother of two opted for a black coat of Italian wool and silk satin for the gloomy occasion, as is customary in time of mourning. She wore her hair in a low bun, to make room for her Jane Taylor London hat and pearl and diamond dangle earrings.
Pearls have long been associated with “mourning jewelry” and the tradition in the royal family dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria. But it was the intricate features of Sophie’s overcoat dress that showed even more thoughtful attention to detail.
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The elegant mid-length coat dress, made by designer Suzannah London, featured a mandarin collar and three-quarter sleeves and was embroidered with an intricate floral design.
But the British designer revealed that the floral embroidery was actually a touching homage to the queen.
By posting behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram, the brand revealed that the coat was embroidered with the queen’s favorite flowers, including the significant blooms of her bridal bouquet from her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.
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The brand said it was an “absolute honor and privilege” to create the design, which featured lily of the valley, the queen’s favorite flower.
Suzannah London collaborated with Jenny King Embroidery to create the bespoke piece.
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“An absolute honor and privilege to have this opportunity to be a small part of modern history yesterday,” Suzannah London wrote on Instagram.
“Thanks to our dedicated team and everyone to @jennykingembroidery for enabling this beautiful coat dress pattern for Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex. [sic]. “
“Many beautiful panels of Italian wool and silk satin have been embroidered in homage to the Lily of the Valley, Her Majesty’s favorite flowers, intertwined with the flowers of her bridal bouquet.”
Tributes to the queen’s bridal bouquet, which included rosemary, English oak and myrtle, were also featured in the crown atop the queen’s coffin, at the request of King Charles III.
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