The Royal family have to follow a strict dress code for the Queen's funeral

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As the nation awaits Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday (September 19) marking eleven days since Her Majesty's passing at the age of 96, we look to the wardrobe etiquette required for a royal funeral.

Attending proceedings at Westminster Abbey will be royals, family members, heads of state, government representatives and, of course, King Charles III. But what are guests expected to wear? As the country prepares to watch the former monarch's funeral, what will guests be wearing to mourn Her Majesty?

With just days before Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, this is what those attending are expected to wear...

What is the dress code for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral?

Unsurprisingly, as with most funerals, the dress code for state funerals is also all-black, according to Debrett’s, a chronicler of British society and modern manners. Specifically, women are expected to wear 'black knee-length dresses, or coats, black hats, and may also wear face-covering veils.'

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Camilla, Queen Consort, Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex have already attended multiple public outings as part of the proceedings surrounding the Queen's death, all wearing head-to-toe black including hats and sheer black tights.

Middleton paid homage to the late Queen Elizabeth by wearing a diamond and pearl leaf-shaped brooch gifted to her by Her Majesty. Markle also chose to show her respect for her grandmother-in-law with her jewellery, sporting a pair of pearl earrings given to her by the Queen.

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Male non-members of the Royal Family will be expected to wear black morning coats, with medals if they have military experience, however stricter rules apply for working royals who must wear military uniform.

Whether Prince Harry will wear his military uniform has already been the subject of discussion. Previously, the Queen's grandson had been told he would not be permitted to wear his military uniform to a vigil with his cousins beside the Queen’s coffin on Saturday evening as he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family, despite serving in the army for a decade.

However, Buckingham Palace made an exception, providing a special dispensation for both Prince Harry and the Duke of York as a 'final mark of respect' for the Queen.

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