Queen Elizabeth’s death has brought a prolonged period of royal mourning, which will last 7 days after her funeral on Monday 19 September.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, Meghan Markle, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice as well as the rest of the royal family, respectfully observe the strict dress code imposed by the protocol. Dark colors during a period of mourning are associated with royal tradition and are taken very seriously by the royal family.
According to Matthew Storey, curator at Historic Royal Palaces, “mourning dress has been part of European royal culture for centuries, but reached its peak in the 19th century with the influence of Queen Victoria.”
“Widows had to wear black, then either white or purple, for at least three years before they could return to brightly colored clothing.”
Although not required, royal etiquette dictates that black is only reserved for periods of mourning. It’s incredibly rare to see a royal wear it in its full version in an official appearance – although Meghan Markle has often broken that rule, especially since stepping down from royal duties.
The Duchess of Sussex has mastered the art of “power dressing”, i.e. clothing that radiates dynamism, having a wardrobe of elegant, dark shades. After her wedding with Prince Harry in 2018, the color black dominates her looks.
In addition to being a mourning color, black is the color of confidence. In color psychology, it suggests that those who wear it are more likely to feel bold, powerful and have domineering tendencies.
Meghan Markle in 2018 had appeared on her tour of Australia in a total black ensemble by Emilia Wickstead, leaving royal fans speechless.
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