Sophie, Countess of Wessex: Royal wears pearl earrings and brooch at Prince Philip funeral

The coat had a high neckline and a fitted bodice which pulled in at the waist.

It flared out into a long pleated skirt which cut off at her ankle. 

The royal wore a pair of closed toe black high heel shoes. 

She wore these on top of a pair of thin black tights. 


Sophie’s ensemble followed the royal protocol of the funeral. 

Other members of the Royal Family also opted for long coats, black tights and matching heels.

She also made similar jewellery choices to her family members yesterday. 

She wore a diamond brooch on her jacket.

The 56-year-old also had on a pair of drop pearl earrings. 

Only a small number of guests were allowed to attend the funeral. 

This is due to Covid restrictions and Prince Philip’s children and grandchildren were among the attendees. 

Sophie arrived without her husband, Prince Edward. 

Instead, the Duke’s son walked in the procession with his siblings Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew.

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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