Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are mourning the royal family’s matriarch.
The Princess of Wales, 40, and the Duchess of Sussex, 41, were visibly emotional during the service saluting the arrival of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin at Westminster Hall Wednesday, where it will lie in state until her funeral next Monday.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with their husbands Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate and Meghan seemed to blink back tears before the monarch’s coffin, which was draped with the Royal Standard and raised on a catafalque.
There, they heard a blessing from Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and quietly reflected before joining the processional out of Westminster Hall, during which Meghan and Harry, 37, held hands.
Both Kate and Meghan honored their grandmother-in-law at the service by wearing jewelry she had given them with her go-to stone: pearls.
The women walked out of the medieval hall behind King Charles III and his wife Queen Camilla, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, 58 and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with Anne’s son Peter Phillips and the Queen’s nephew David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, in their wake.
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