Here's Why Kate Middleton And Meghan Markle Will Wear Veils To The Queen's Funeral

Taylor Sakellis
 Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle
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Following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the entire country has gone into a mourning period which will be capped off by a historic funeral service taking place on Monday, September 19. Earlier this week, it was reported that Prince Harry would not be allowed to wear his military attire along with the rest of his family.

Now, we're taking a look at what the Queen's granddaughter's in law will be wearing to the Queen's funeral service.

As you may have heard, it was reported by "Harpers Bazar" that all working members of the royal family must wear military uniforms during the mourning period ceremonies and to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, September 19.

As the only other non-working royal, Prince Andrew will not get to wear a military uniform except at HM's final vigil, as a sign of respect.

Sadly, Prince Harry was inexplicably not given the same exemption, which caused some massive backlash on Twitter.

Back in February 2021, it was reported that Prince Harry had officially returned the titles of Captain General Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command to Queen Elizabeth II.

"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family," the palace said in a statement at the time.

On Wednesday, Prince Harry joined his family for an emotional procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, in London.

While walking next to his family members in uniform, many fans felt touched by the powerful images captured and even went so far as to compare the Duke of Sussex to his mother, the late Princess Diana.

With all this discussion of what the men are wearing on Monday, I'm here to talk about the dramatic accessory the Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex will be wearing to show a sign of respect and mourning.

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As reported by Page Six, both Kate and Meghan are expected to wear black veils to the ceremony Monday.

Whether it was the long black veils the Queen and Queen Mother wore to King George VI’s funeral back in 1952 or the shorter, more modern netted style the Princess of Wales wore to Prince Philip’s funeral service last year, the mourning veil is sure to be included in both Royal's outfits.

As Royal fans may know, Queen Victoria wore a veil for the rest of her life following the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.

Historian Jessica Storoschuk spoke with the news outlet and explained the historical significance of the mourning veil.

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“The tradition of mourning veils dates back several centuries, and has a basis in monastic dress,” Jessica explained, adding that the accessory “was often considered to be ‘armor’ and would shield their grief from the public.”

Jessica also reflected on the way the mourning veil has changed over the decades.

“The Princess of Wales’ veil at Westminster Hall was quite short and of black mesh, which does reflect the current practice of ‘muted’ veils, if worn at all,” the historian added.

h/t: Page Six