Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle will follow Royal funeral tradition

Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will be held on Monday, September 19 after she died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The lying-in-state commences today and will last until the morning of the funeral, with thousands of mourners lining up to see the Queen’s coffin ahead of the funeral.

King Charles III will be joined by world leaders at the funeral, along with his family including Prince William and Prince Harry.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle will be there as well, with the two of them likely sporting black veils during the event.

Tradition plays an important part at all royal events and the state funeral is the biggest one in decades.

Why will Kate and Meghan wear veils at the Queen's funeral?

One tradition that has been held at royal funerals for generations is that women of the royal family must wear a black lace veil of some form.

This includes non-working members of the Royal Family as well.

They are known as ‘mourning veils’ and are used to signify that the person wearing one is in mourning.

Veils have been used for centuries, not just by the royal family, though they are less common at funerals today.

Female members of the Royal Family wore the black veils at the funeral of Prince Philip in April 2021.

All members of the Royal Family will be wearing black during the funeral, unless they are in military uniform.

Wearing black at funerals in general actually links back to the Royal Family itself.

The tradition was popularised by Queen Victoria who wore back for 40 years following the death of her husband, Prince Albert.

Why won’t Prince Harry wear his military uniform at the Queen’s funeral?

Prince Harry will not be wearing his military uniform at the Queen’s funeral due to the fact he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family.

A spokesperson for the Duke said: “[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother.

“His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Prince Harry served two front line tours of duty in Afghanistan.