The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was filled with tributes to her life and 70-year reign. From guests in pearl jewelry to her famous headscarf perched on one of her favorite horses, small details were everywhere. And an even more subtle tribute came in the form of the dress of Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Sophie, 57, joined husband Prince Edward and senior members of the royal family for the state funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday and then the committal at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle later that day.
The mother of two chose a black Italian wool and silk satin coat for the somber occasion, as is customary in times of mourning. She wore her hair in a low chignon, to allow room for her Jane Taylor London hat and pearl and diamond earrings to stand out.
Pearls have long been associated with “mourning jewellery”, and the tradition in the royal family dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria. But it was the intricate features of Sophie’s coat dress that showed even more thoughtful attention to detail.
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Created by designer Suzannah London, the elegant mid-length coat dress featured a mandarin collar and three-quarter length sleeves, and was embroidered with an intricate floral design.
But the British designer revealed that the floral embroidery was actually a touching tribute to the Queen.
Posting behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram, the brand revealed the coat was embroidered with the Queen’s favorite flowers, including significant blooms from her wedding bouquet from her 1947 wedding to Prince Phillip.
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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 worked 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.
“Thank you to our dedicated team and everyone at @jennykingembroidery for making this beautiful coat dress design possible for HRH Countess of Wessex [sic].”
“Many beautiful panels of Italian wool and silk satin were embroidered as a tribute with Lily of the Valley – Her Majesty’s favorite flowers, intertwined with flowers from her wedding bouquet.”
Tributes to the Queen’s wedding bouquet, which included rosemary, English oak and myrtle, were also present in the wreath atop the Queen’s coffin, at King Charles III’s request.
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