Fiona WardLook back at royal mourning dress over the years - find out what the Queen and other members of the royal family wear when they are grieving a loved one
The Queen and the royal family are well known for using their clothing to portray a message, and that doesn't change when they are mourning a loss.
In fact, royals follow a number of traditions out of respect for those that have passed - famously, Queen Victoria spent 40 years wearing black in tribute to her late husband Prince Albert as an outward sign of her grief.
Following the death of her husband Prince Philip on April 9, the Queen expressed her wish that the royal family would observe two weeks of royal mourning, with a senior palace official stating that "mourning bands will be worn where appropriate".
Traditional black, mourning veils and military dress are all appropriate options for funeral dress amongst the royal family. Here, we look back at the poignant choices over the years...
Queen Elizabeth was away on a visit to Kenya when she learned the news that her father King George had passed away, making her Queen. She quickly flew back to the UK, changing into a black dress on board.
She began her reign by wearing the Flame Lily Brooch, which was given to her on her 21st birthday. She wore it a number of times during the mourning period for her father, and has continued to sport it in recent years.
As per tradition for the death of a monarch, the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret all wore black veils to the funeral of King George.
Traditionally, black veils are only worn at the funeral of a sovereign. After Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert passed away in 1861, she wore the mourning veil and some form of mourning dress to honour her loss, right up until her death in 1901.
Upon her uncle the Duke of Windsor's passing in 1972, the Queen chose to wear a hat and coat to his funeral. His wife Wallis Simpson wore a black veil and matching coat.
For Princess Grace of Monaco's funeral in 1982, many female mourners wore lace headdresses, including Princess Caroline.
Princess Diana also attended the funeral, wearing a boater hat with a small net veil and a black dress.
The wearing of black clothing to show mourning at a funeral has long been accepted as the correct etiquette, especially in western cultures. It is also considered a sign of respect for the deceased and their loved ones.
Many royal women wear black dresses, a hat or a fascinator and black tights at royal funerals. Above, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall are pictured at the Princess of Wales' funeral in 1997.
The Queen wore a black hat and dress coat for her mother's funeral in 2002, adding the Dorset Bow Brooch to her lapel.
When travelling to another country, royals must pack a black ensemble with them in the event a family member should pass away. This is to ensure that when they arrive back in the UK, they are dressed in black to reflect mourning.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne attended in military dress.