Fans Divided after Seeing Kate Smiling at Queen's Funeral While Wearing the Late Monarch's Choker
Princess Kate reportedly chose her favorite dress style for the late Queen's funeral.
Fans were divided about Kate's behavior at the funeral and her jewelry choice.
The Queen reportedly trusted Kate and saw her and Prince William as the monarchy's future.
According to Hello! Magazine, on September 19, 2022, Princess Kate chose to wear one of her favorite dress styles to bid farewell to the late Queen. The publication claimed Kate was a fan of dress coats for attending formal occasions, and this time she didn't disappoint.
She wore a black Alexander McQueen double button dress coat that was mid-calf long. The Princess of Wales added matching sheer tights and pointed "Gianvito 105" black suede heels.
Princess Kate follows the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London on September 19, 2022, after the State Funeral Service | Source: Getty Images
The royal also had on a matching wide-brimmed hat that sported a veil. The hat was part of the traditional royal funeral dress code as the late Queen also once wore one at her father, George VI's funeral.
Kate also made a special tribute to the late monarch by wearing a four-strand pearl choker that Her Majesty once loaned to the late Princess Diana. Cosmopolitan said the necklace was made from pearls gifted to the Queen.
Princess Kate, Camilla, Queen Consort, and Prince George driven down the Mall ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The Japanese government was the one who presented it to her. The publication claimed The Telegraph revealed that pearls were traditional mourning jewelry for royals and were "seen to represent tears."
The tradition allegedly dates back to Queen Victoria, who wore pearls consistently after the death of her husband, Prince Albert. However, it was said that Her Majesty loved pearls and wore them both during periods of mourning and daily engagements.
Elle alleged that the jewelry choice was meant to show Kate's admiration for the late Prince Philip and the Queen's love story. The Princess had worn the necklace several times before, including a party for the Queen and Prince Philip's wedding anniversary in 2017.
Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Princess Kate depart Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022, in London, England | Source: Getty Images
She also wore it to Philip's funeral in April 2021. Another pearl gem that Kate wore for Her Majesty's funeral was teardrop earrings that matched the choker around her neck. Despite her efforts to honor her grandmother-in-law, fans were torn between that and that she was seen smiling at the funeral.
Fans Divided over Kate's Representation at the Queen's Funeral
Some royal fans were quick to praise Kate for how she chose to honor the Queen, while others noticed that her behavior, smiling during the service, was contradictory. The two things had fans divided in their opinions on social media.
One person shared a blurry image of the Princess where she was seen smiling. The Twitter user thought the royal was smiling because she'd taken the monarch's choker before her burial, adding:
"She just won a new jewelry collection… talk about tomb raider."
Another fan thought Kate didn't have any "decorum" for choosing to wear the jewelry piece to the funeral. Someone else thought the royal had looked elegant and beautiful at the funeral.
They noted how her hat was designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacy, and the outfit was by McQueen. The fan also noted how the pearl choker and diamond and pearl earrings had belonged to Her Majesty.
A fourth person noted how Duchess Meghan, the late Queen's other granddaughter-in-law, and Kate were treated differently. The person said Meghan would've received "outrage" if she'd attended with her "chest out and decked in jewelry."
The fan, who had shared the same image of Kate smiling, called out people who called Meghan an "attention-seeker". Another Twitter user shared the same sentiments as the previous one and added that the Duchess of Sussex would've gotten "outrage" for daring to smile.
However, one other royal fan focused on Kate's choker and said she was "serving with her funeral look". Despite the differing points of view, the fact remained that the late monarch once influenced the Princess of Wales's life.
The Queen's Impact on Kate's Life - The Bond They'd Shared
After the Queen died, Kate didn't release a statement of her own, but her husband, Prince William, mentioned her in his. The Prince of Wales noted how his wife had twenty years of being supported and guided by the monarch, adding:
"My three children got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives."
William recalled how his grandmother had been by his side during the happiest and saddest moments in his life. The Prince acknowledged that he'd know the day would come for the Queen to go.
However, he admitted that it would take time before he adjusted to the reality of having to live without his "grannie". He also thanked Her Majesty for the kindness she'd shown him and his family.
Duchess Kate, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth ll on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 11, 2016, in London, England | Source: Getty Images
According to Elle, the late monarch served as William's wife's mentor and had seen Kate and her husband as the future of their family. In August 2020, an Us Weekly source alleged that the Queen had seen the Cambridges as the "future of the monarchy".
The publication's [Elle] informant claimed the monarch [Queen Elizabeth II] had been proud to be available as [Princess] Kate's "go-to adviser about royal life."
Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess Kate visit Kings College to open Bush House in central London on March 19, 2019 | Source: Getty Images
"Cambridge" was William and Kate's former royal title as they were formerly known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before Her Majesty passed on. Just as William's father, King Charles III, was previously known as Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall or Prince of Wales before ascending the throne in his mother's absence.
The Prince of Wales's grandmother reportedly trusted the couple's judgment "implicitly." The publication's insider claimed the Princess of Wales could freely reach out to her granddaughter-in-law for advice.
Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess Kate at the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 11, 2018, in London, England | Source: Getty Images
Kate would ask the Queen for advice about the speeches she had to make. William's wife also allegedly could rely on her husband's grandmother for most things concerning the palace, including the dos and don'ts within the palace, noting:
"The Queen’s more than happy to impart her wisdom."