Brigitte and Macron arrived Westminster Abbey this morning
Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron have arrived at Westminster Cathedral ahead of the Queen’s funeral, which will begin at 11am. Brigitte looked elegant as she wore all-black, as will all guests at the funeral today, as is tradition.
She paired this with a long, blazer-like coat with a large collar and buttons, as well as black high heels.
The 69-year-old wore a beret-like black fascinator with a subtle netted veil, which was attached to it and covered her fringe.
She completed the look with a black leather clutch bag.
Brigitte donned a short netted veil
As for other accessories, Brigitte wore black leather gloves and had on a pair of silver earrings that looked like a cluster of tiny petals.
Her silver-blonder hair was swept back in a low bun and her beauty look was her usual foundation and black smoky eye.
Brigitte is a fan of thick mascara, dark eyeliner, and dark eyeshadow.
She is also often seen in a tight midi dress, and so it is unsurprising that the French President’s wife is today wearing a bodycon number.
It is also not unusual that Brigitte has opted for a fascinator with a short veil attached to it.
The veil is an accessory that has traditionally been worn at royal funerals for centuries – either as a long, sheer black veil, or a small netted or lace veil.
Called “mourning veils”, the black veil is symbolic as it demonstrates that the one who wears it is in mourning.
There is also a more practical element to the accessory: it allows the wearer the privacy to grieve as it is more difficult for others to see their face.
Brigitte donned high heels and carried a leather clutch bag
Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron arrived at Westminster Abbey to join other heads of state
Mathew Storey, curator at Historic Royal Palaces, revealed that it was Queen Victoria who set the standard for traditional royal mourning clothes. He said: “Mourning dress has been part of European royal culture for centuries, but it reached its peak in the 19th century with the influence of Queen Victoria, who set a standard for the rest of society to follow.
“When her beloved husband died in 1861 she abandoned the colourful clothes of her married life and, with the rest of the royal court, adopted black clothing as an outward sign of grief. Her subjects duly followed suit, causing a rush on suppliers of mourning fabric up and down the country.”
At their father’s funeral in 1936, the new Queen Elizabeth, her mother, her grandmother Queen Mary, and her sister Princess Margaret, all wore long black veils, said to be around 18 inches over the face and one and a half yards down the back.
The Telegraph said at the time: “There is no court regulation with regards to them, but the practice of wearing them has always been observed at the funeral of a sovereign.”
Brigitte wore a black fascinator with a netting veil attached to it
The women in the Royal Family wore veils to Prince Philp’s funeral in April 2021, but they were subtle versions, compared to the traditional long black tulle veils worm by Royal Family members in the early to mid-1900s.
For the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, Kate donned a veil that looked more like a netting.
This was attached to her hat and which covered just half of her face, resting just above her eyes, and was very similar to the one Brigitte Macron wore today.
It is expected Kate, as well as other senior members of the Royal Family, will wear similar fascinators, with the short veil attached, to the Queen’s funeral this morning.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK