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The making of Sophie Wessex's poignant funeral outfit


The brand behind Sophie Wessex’s poignant outfit for the Queen’s funeral have shared behind-the-scenes photographs of the making of the coat – and revealed it was embroidered with the Queen’s favourite flowers. 

The Countess, 57, donned a black Italian wool and silk satin ensemble as she joined her husband Prince Edward and other senior royals for the service at Westminster Abbey and the committal at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. 

The elegant confection was crafted by the luxury designer Suzannah London, who revealed on Instagram that the floral design was actually a touching tribute to the Queen. 

The label posted they had worked tirelessly to embroider detail onto the coat, saying: ‘Many beautiful panels of Italian wool and silk satin were embroidered as a tribute with Lily of the Valley – Her Majesty’s favourite flowers, intertwined with florals from her wedding bouquet.’ 

The brand behind Sophie Wessex’s poignant outfit for the Queen’s funeral have shared behind-the-scenes photographs of the making of the coat – and revealed it was embroidered with the Queen’s favourite flowers 

The elegant coat was crafted by the luxury designer Suzannah London, who revealed on Instagram the touching tribute to the Queen

The elegant coat was crafted by the luxury designer Suzannah London, who revealed on Instagram the touching tribute to the Queen

The brand’s seamstresses embroidered the garment with a Lily of the Valley, the late Monarch’s favourite flower, as well as florals from her wedding bouquet.

Sophie kept the tribute subtle to ensure the focus remained on the Queen for her funeral on Monday. 

The coat dress was by much beloved royal designer Suzannah London, who posted: ‘An absolute honour and privilege to be given this opportunity to be a small part of modern history yesterday.

‘Thank you to our dedicated team and all at Suzannah to enable the making of this beautiful coat dress design for HRH Countess of Wessex.’

The brand's seamstresses embroidered the garment with a Lily of the Valley, the late Monarch's favourite flower, as well as florals from her wedding bouquet

The brand’s seamstresses embroidered the garment with a Lily of the Valley, the late Monarch’s favourite flower, as well as florals from her wedding bouquet

Sophie and her husband Prince Edward, 58, appeared visibly distraught during the late Monarch’s state funeral, and were seen wiping their tears while the world paid tribute to the Queen. 

The Countess, who was dubbed the Queen’s ‘rock’ following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh last year, has appeared somber and openly emotional this week.

She paired the beautifully crafted coat with an acorn diamond brooch and diamond earrings. 

Elsewhere, other members of the royal family decided to pay homage to the late Queen with the carefully selected jewellery they wore. 

Princess Charlotte, seven, arrived at Westminster Abbey with a delicate silver horseshoe pinned to the lapel of her black coat which was gifted to her by the Queen, and belonged to the Queen Mother. 

The black embroidery was elegant and subtle on the dark material of the coat dress at the funeral

The black embroidery was elegant and subtle on the dark material of the coat dress at the funeral 

The Countess of Wessex arrived for Monday's service with Meghan Markle, whose husband Prince Harry travelled with his cousin Peter Phillips

The Countess of Wessex arrived for Monday’s service with Meghan Markle, whose husband Prince Harry travelled with his cousin Peter Phillips 

A family in grief: From left: The Duchess of Sussex, Queen Consort, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex stand outside Westminster Abbey after the state funeral

A family in grief: From left: The Duchess of Sussex, Queen Consort, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex stand outside Westminster Abbey after the state funeral

The Queen Mother, who married King George VI, then Duke of York, in 1923, wore the brooch for a portrait taken in 1929. 

The delicate piece is shaped like a horseshoe and covered in sparkling gems. 

Meanwhile Kate Middleton, 40, also honored the Queen at the state funeral by donning two pieces that once belonged to the late monarch, her husband’s grandmother. 

The Princess of Wales arrived at Westminster Abbey wearing a pair of Bahrain pearl drop earrings and a four-strand pearl choker with a centre diamond clasp. 

The Countess of Wessex is tipped to get a host of the Queen’s most-valued royal patronages as acknowledgement for being her ‘confidante.’

Royal sources previously told the Mirror that she could take over patronages including the Women’s Institute and Dog’s Trust.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, quietly cried as they bid the Queen farewell during her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, quietly cried as they bid the Queen farewell during her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey

One said: ‘The Queen and the countess had a fantastically warm and joyful relationship.

‘Her Majesty admired Sophie’s quiet sense of duty, her strong work ethic and the way she balanced her public and family lives. They also shared many of the same interests.’

The source added that the Queen’s decision to pass the patronages on to Sophie is a reflection of their bond.

And they said that Sophie’s popularity with the public has become clear. It is likely that under the reign of King Charles she will take on a larger public profile. 



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