November 28, 2022

Royal Family Members Will All Likely Wear A Dark Reminder Of The Queen’s Death Until The Funeral

Now that British Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, a number of long-standing royal traditions and protocols will be called upon to mark the solemn occasion involving those in the royal family, members of the British parliament, British religious leaders, and those serving in the British military, among others, based on NBC News reporting. Many such examples of these long-standing traditions are set to take place at least until the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, scheduled to happen ten days after her death was announced and after a period of public mourning.

In 2021, roughly one year prior to Queen Elizabeth II’s death, the British queen’s husband, Prince Philip died at the age of 99, just shy of his 100th birthday. At that time, members of the royal family and their representatives followed a royal tradition by wearing a certain item of clothing to pay their respects, as Hello! Magazine notes. That same practice is also likely to occur in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing among members of the royal family and their representatives, both in the U.K. and abroad, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Members of the royal family and their representatives will all likely wear black armbands

Per tradition, the article of clothing that members of the royal family will all likely wear are black armbands on their left arms at least until Queen Elizabeth II is laid to rest at Windsor Castle, per Hello! Magazine. In addition to the black armbands, members of the royal family are also advised to dress in dark colors throughout their period of mourning. That tradition will also likely extend to representatives of the royal family, members of Parliament, the military, and more throughout the U.K., Canada, other parts of the Commonwealth (via CBC).

As CNN notes, black has long been associated with grief, and the Queen herself (pictured above attending Prince Philip’s funeral) wore black for 30 days after her husband’s death, as Hello! Magazine elsewhere notes. As CNN reports, Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8. Her son, King Charles III, succeeds his mother on the British throne, according to The New York Times.

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