The subtle messages of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s funeral dresses

Funerals, it should be said, rarely provide opportunities for bold fashion statements. The occasions themselves are self-evidently modest and reverent, their dress codes among the simplest and most compulsory of all dress codes.

A funeral for a British monarch has particularly stringent protocols. Monday’s service honoring Queen Elizabeth II put the pinnacle of European formality on display, as the event was largely facilitated by people whose outfits had been decided for them far in advance by royal, military and church tradition. 

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