The brand behind Sophie Wessex’s poignant outfit for the Queen’s funeral has shared behind-the-scenes photos of the cloak being made – and revealed it was embroidered with the Queen’s favorite flowers.
The 57-year-old Countess wore 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 admission to St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The elegant confection was crafted by luxury designer Suzannah London, who revealed on Instagram that the floral design was actually a touching tribute to the Queen.
Writing that they worked tirelessly to embroider details onto the coat, the label said: “Many beautiful panels of Italian wool and silk satin were embroidered in homage to Lily of the Valley – Her Majesty’s favorite flowers, intertwined with flowers from her wedding bouquet. ‘
The brand behind Sophie Wessex’s poignant outfit for the Queen’s funeral has shared behind-the-scenes photos of the cloak being made – and revealed it was embroidered with the Queen’s favorite flowers
The elegant coat was crafted by luxury designer Suzannah London, who revealed the touching tribute to the Queen on Instagram
The brand’s seamstresses embroidered the garment with a lily of the valley, the late monarch’s favorite flower, as well as flowers from her wedding bouquet.
Sophie kept the tribute subtle to ensure the focus remained on the Queen at her funeral on Monday.
The coat dress is by much-loved royal designer Suzannah London, who wrote: “An absolute honor and privilege to be given this opportunity yesterday to be a small part of modern history.
“Thank you to our dedicated team and everyone at Suzannah for making this beautiful coat dress design possible for HRH Countess of Wessex.”
The brand’s seamstresses embroidered the garment with a lily of the valley, the late monarch’s favorite flower, as well as flowers 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 tears as the world paid tribute to the Queen.
The Countess, dubbed the Queen’s “rock” after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh last year, 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 chose to pay homage to the late Queen with the carefully chosen jewelry they wore.
Princess Charlotte, seven, arrived at Westminster Abbey with a delicate silver horseshoe pinned to the lapel of her black coat, gifted to her by the Queen and belonging to the Queen Mother.
The black embroidery on the dark fabric of the coat dress at the funeral was elegant and subtle
The Countess of Wessex arrived at Monday’s service with Meghan Markle, whose husband Prince Harry was traveling with his cousin Peter Phillips
A family in mourning: 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 is set with sparkling gemstones.
Meanwhile, Kate Middleton, 40, also honored the Queen at the state funeral by donning two sets of clothing that once belonged to the late monarch, her husband’s grandmother.
The Princess of Wales arrived at Westminster Abbey wearing a pair of Bahraini pearl earrings and a four strand pearl choker with a central diamond clasp.
The Countess of Wessex has been tipped to receive a host of the Queen’s most prized royal patronages in recognition of being her ‘confidant’.
Royal sources previously told the Mirror she could accept patronage, including the Women’s Institute and Dog’s Trust.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex wept softly as they said goodbye to the Queen during her state funeral at Westminster Abbey
One said: “The Queen and Countess had a fantastically warm and happy relationship.
“Her Majesty admired Sophie’s quiet sense of duty, her strong work ethic and the way she balanced her public and family life. They also shared many of the same interests.’
The source added that the Queen’s decision to pass the patronage on to Sophie was a reflection of their bond.
And they said that Sophie’s popularity with the public has been evident. It is likely that she will assume a greater public profile under the reign of King Charles.