Meghan Markle’s dress for the Queen’s funeral has a special meaning

Meghan Markle paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in more ways than one with her look for the late monarch’s funeral on Monday.

As well as rocking a pair of pearl and diamond earrings Her Majesty gave her ahead of the pair’s first solo outing in 2018, the Duchess of Sussex looked sophisticated in a black cape dress by Stella McCartney that royal fans might find familiar.

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The Duchess of Sussex wore a familiar-looking Stella McCartney cape dress to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
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That’s because Markle, 41, wore a navy version of the look to a concert celebrating the Queen’s 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2018.

Fittingly, she opted to wear the same style in gloomy black to say her final farewell to the royal matriarch.

“Her whole look was about the Queen today. Talk about being thoughtful,” one fan tweeted.

The elegant ensemble also adhered to the funeral dress code, which called for black knee-length dresses or coats, and optional black hats and veils; while Markle’s wide-brimmed headgear didn’t include a veil, her sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s did.

The Duchess of Sussex – who, like the Princess of Wales, did not join her husband to walk in the Queen’s funeral procession and joined the rest of the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey for the service – is famous for its cape silhouette.

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Markle wore the same dress in navy blue to the Queen’s birthday concert in 2018.

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Markle wore the same dress in navy blue to the Queen’s birthday concert in 2018.

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She notably chose a cream-colored Givenchy cape dress for her aforementioned joint appearance with Her Majesty in 2018, and also wore cape dresses during her royal tours of the South Pacific and Morocco in 2018 and 2019, respectively.


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She also chose several styles of colorful capes for her final appearances as an active member of the monarchy in 2020, literally making a dramatic exit from royal life.

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Markle, pictured wearing Emilia Wickstead with Prince Harry for the Commonwealth Day Service in 2020, has long loved a cape.
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And on social media on Monday, some speculated that Markle – who has had a difficult relationship with her husband’s family – had opted for a cape to send a message once again.

“Superhuman powers are indeed necessary. Get ready, Duchess,” one person joked.

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