Why didn’t Queen wear the black veil at the funeral? The monarch’s attire was in accordance with the traditions of royal mourning



The Queen is preparing to say her final farewells to Prince Philip, her beloved husband of 73 years, at his funeral. Although the service is a small-scale event with just 30 attendees due to pandemic guidelines, the outfits worn by the family follow strict funeral traditions.

Queen Victoria became the most famous example of royal mourning attire after wearing black clothes for the rest of her life after the death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861. Queen Elizabeth wore a dark outfit to the occasion of Prince Philip’s funeral, but his ensemble does not include a black veil. This is in keeping with the traditions of royal mourning.


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According to Bonjour! magazine, black veils are traditionally worn only at the funeral of a sovereign. This is why the Queen, her mother, her grandmother Princess Mary and Princess Margaret wore long black veils at the State funeral of King George VI in 1952.

The Dean of Windsor with Queen Elizabeth follows the procession from the Porch of Galilee to St George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021, in Windsor, England (Getty Images)

Wearing black clothing during mourning at a funeral has long been accepted as the correct etiquette in Western cultures. It is considered a sign of respect for the deceased and his relatives, according to the magazine.

The Queen remained stoic and resilient as ever when she attended her husband’s funeral on Saturday April 17. The 94-year-old monarch’s ensemble included a black cloak robe and a matching face mask hemmed in white trim. She completed the look with a matching black hat and pearl earrings.

Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of York attend the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)

The Queen’s four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – have joined her in grief with their respective wives, husbands and children. Prince William and Prince Harry lead the way for the funeral procession.

Prince Philip passed away peacefully on April 9, having faithfully served as the Queen’s consort for more than seven decades. He was only two months before he turned 100, but his lifelong service is remembered as full of fond memories that will be cherished for generations to come. The Queen’s tribute outfit is just a reflection of the same thing.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive in a carriage on Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England (Getty Images)

Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was buried within the grounds of Windsor Castle. However, her coffin would be moved to where the Queen is buried as she passes by.

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