new dress code details
British media, including “Royal Central”, also report on an innovation regarding the dress code. So despite the complicated instructions, black pant suits are believed to be an option for female guests for the first time. What’s more, women can wear not only trouser suits, but also daywear with hats.
Men are advised to wear mourning suits and formal suits. They can also make their own orders. Members of the armed forces must wear full holiday attire with crepe, but are not allowed to bring their own swords.
Security also plays a major role. Guests should not bring excessive luggage or cameras, only handbags and rain gear are permitted by invitation. All visitors to the State Funeral must go through airport-style security and present two forms of identification and proof of address before entering Westminster Abbey.
more than 2,000 mourners
Monday’s ceremony at Westminster Abbey was attended by more than 2,000 guests, including a long list of foreign royals, politicians and other dignitaries, as well as many members of the extended royal family. The Queen will then be buried at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September at the Scottish estate Balmoral.
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