Queen Letizia followed hundreds of years of royal tradition at Monday’s funeral for Queen Elizabeth II – and her dark helmet has a sweet connection to the late monarch.
The 50-year-old Spanish queen covered her face with a long black mourning veil as she attended services for the late monarch, wearing Cherubina’s ‘Elisabeth’ style headpiece ($250) in tribute to the leader beloved state of Britain.
Wearing an elegant belted black dress by Carolina Herrera, Queen Letizia – who is married to King Felipe VI – joined thousands of mourners at Westminster Abbey for services in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.
Her choice to wear a veil – along with other participants including Kate Middleton, Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Charlene, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Princess Eugenie – is steeped in history.
Queen Victoria wore a mourning veil for the rest of her life after the death of her husband Prince Albert, and many other royals over the years have worn them at funerals, including Queen Elizabeth , Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother.
While the other royal women’s veils yesterday were of a shorter netting variety, Letizia appeared to be the only one wearing a full mourning veil that draped the front and back of her halo-style helmet.
Letizia added Chanel feather earrings and a sleek black Giorgio Armani handbag to her look.
The Spanish Royal Family have met Queen Elizabeth II on numerous occasions, including during a state visit to the UK in 2017 which saw a memorable tiara moment from both queens.
They joined many other royal families at the funeral, including Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, who made a rare public appearance after the mysterious illness that nearly killed her.
Other guests included King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who was one of Queen Elizabeth. cousins and dear friends.
Additionally, Joe Biden and celebrities Sandra Oh, Bear Grylls, musician Gregory Charles and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Tewksbury were among the 2,000 guests.