Zara Tindall arrived at Westminster Abbey in London today to attend the funeral of her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II alongside her husband Mike Tindall. According to role protocol, Zara wore all black and colorless gemstones.
Zara wore a long-sleeved belted black dress with a large flat collar and a seam line running down the bodice of the dress. Her statement accessory was a fascinator with faux feathers attached to the left side. As part of the royal mourning dress code, women in the royal family are required to wear black hats or veils. Additional accessories from Zara included a pair of black leather gloves and a black crocodile embossed clutch.
For jewelry, she opted for a certain pair of pearl earrings. Throughout her life, Queen Elizabeth II was rarely seen without her pearls, but it was not a wink unique to her. Traditionally, for funerals, members of the royal family wear pearl or diamond jewelry. These colorless gemstones are part of the protocol prohibiting bright colors at funerals or during times of mourning.
Queen Elizabeth II herself wore pearls during the funeral and mourning period for her father, King George IV. Diana, Princess of Wales, wore pearls for the funeral of Princess Grace of Monaco.
Mike also followed royal protocol and wore a black jacket. He layered the outerwear over a black formal jacket, black tie, white shirt and coordinated with gray pinstripe trousers. Mike has also adorned his coat with several medals he has received, including the one he received when he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 for his work as a rugby player, and two other medals, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond. Jubilee and another from its platinum jubilee.
Zara is the eldest granddaughter of the late Queen Elizabeth II and the daughter of her second child, Anne, Princess Royal.
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