16 NOVEMBER 2005

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The royal family turned out in force to honour the life of acclaimed film producer Lord Brabourne at a memorial service in Westminster's Guards Chapel. The 80-year-old was the son-in-law of Prince Charles' beloved uncle Lord Mountbatten.

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In 1979 he was one of the seven-strong group caught up in an IRA blast that killed Lord Mountbatten. His 14-year-old son Nicholas and his mother were also murdered in the attack.

Arriving to pay their respects to the man behind such film classics as A Passage To India and Murder On The Orient Express, the royal ladies displayed a stunning - if sombre -array of headgear.

For the service of remembrance, Philip Treacy-fan Camilla opted for a smart black affair with a matching bloom. Her sister-in-law the Countess of Wessex was elegant in an oversize midnight blue chapeau with velvet trim while Lady Helen Taylor had opted for a trilby-style with spotted feather detailing. Also, making something of a millinery statement was the Queen who wore an impressive creation edged with eye-catching feathers.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen, Lord Brabourne

Increasingly stylish Camilla was escorted into the service by husband Charles
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Sophie opted for midnight blue rather than black, accessorising her coat dress with an oversize chapeau trimmed with velvet ribbon



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