Paying tribute to the Queen, many of the mourners at the funeral of Elizabeth II wore pearls alongside their black ensembles. And Zara Tindall, the Queen's eldest granddaughter, was no exception, opting for a simple pair of drop pearl earrings.

The professional equestrian arrived at Westminster Abbey alongside her husband Mike Tindall and her cousins, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie to pay tribute to their beloved Granny. Her monochrome look, which also featured a pillbox hat, bag and gloves, was accessorised with the simple jewellery which the Queen was rarely seen without during her seventy year reign.

Zara and the late Queen reportedly shared a particularly close bond because of their shared love of horses. So the occasion of her funeral was no doubt overwhelming and Zara looked sombre as she arrived at Westminster Abbey.

Ahead of the service, she had joined with other members of the Royal family in following the Queen's coffin from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. As they filed into the Abbey, Zara, 41, and Mike, 43, comforted one another by holding hands as they walked towards their seats.

As well as being one of her Majesty's favourite jewellery looks, pearls are also thought of as "mourning jewellery" in a traditional that dates back to Queen Victoria's era.

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After the death of her husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria famously wore black for forty years, teaming it with pearl jewellery which was thought to represent her tears. The tradition was carried on by the Queen herself who wore pearls to Diana's funeral as well as the funeral of her beloved father, George VI.

Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales also opted for pearls at her funeral, paying poignant tribute to the late monarch with her choice of a four strand pearl necklace and matching earnings.

The necklace was originally gifted to Elizabeth II from Japan in the 1970s and she wore it often; Princess Diana also wore in to a banquet at Hampton Court Palace in 1982. It was also the jewellery that Kate, 40, opted to wear to the funeral of Prince Philip in 2021 so is a particularly fitting choice.

The Duchess of Sussex has also followed the tradition of wearing pearl jewellery despite no longer being a working member of the Royal Family.

She opted for a pair of classic pearl studs gifted to her by the Queen. She also opted for pearls when she attended a service at Westminster Hall after the Queen's coffin had been transported there from Buckingham Palace.


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