Lady Sarah Chatto opted for a sentimental piece of jewelery when attending the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey yesterday.
The Queen’s beloved niece, dressed in an all-black ensemble, wore the Snowdon Floral Brooches, which are thought to have been a gift from her mother Princess Margaret.
Margaret, Her Majesty’s younger sister, was given the brooches by her ex-husband Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, to mark their wedding in 1960.
In recent decades, the late Princess’ only daughter Sarah has worn them for key occasions – including her own wedding to husband Daniel Chatto in 1994, when she wore them as a tiara, and to her mother’s funeral in February 2002.
Lady Sarah Chatto opted for a sentimental piece of jewelery when attending the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey yesterday (pictured). The Queen’s beloved niece, dressed in an all-black ensemble, wore the Snowdon Floral Brooches, which are thought to have been a gift from her mother Princess Margaret
In recent decades, the late Princess’ only daughter Sarah has worn them for key occasions – including her own wedding to husband Daniel Chatto in 1994 (pictured left), when she wore them as a tiara, and to her mother’s funeral in February 2002 ( pictured right)
Sarah, who enjoyed a warm relationship with her aunt throughout her life, and remained close to Her Majesty and Prince Philip following her mother’s death in 2002, also sported the jewels to the celebrations for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 .
Princess Margaret’s daughter was visibly emotional as she attended the final tribute to the Queen’s life, wearing a black dress coat and hat.
Sarah, also the daughter of Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl Snowdon, was accompanied by her husband and her sons, including Arthur Chatto, 23, who is training to be an officer in the Royal Marines, and Samuel, 26.
Last week an emotional Sarah attended the service at Westminster Hall following the Queen‘s procession, once again dressed in all-black.
Sarah, who is married to Daniel Chatto, was once described by a royal insider as sharing a ‘sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous’ with the Queen.
Lady Sarah Chatto pictured here with her husband Daniel Chatto as they attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Lady Sarah opted for a black dress coat and held a pair of black gloves as she walked into Westminster Abbey
Lady Sarah Chatto opted for a full black dress coat when she attended the funeral of her beloved aunt, Queen Elizabeth II
Lady Sarah Chatto sat behind Princess Beatrice and between her son Arthur Chatto and husband Daniel Chatto
During the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, Sarah sat with members of the royal family including the Queen Consort, Princess Royal and Princess Beatrice
Members of the royal family looked at the Queen’s coffin as it lay in Westminster Abbey during the state funeral
Samuel and Arthur Chatto pictured at the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey. Arthur is training to be an officer in the Royal Marines
‘The Queen adores Sarah and seeks out her company as often as possible. She is her absolute favorite younger royal,’ they said. ‘They are hugely at ease in each other’s company. Much giggling can be heard when they are together. They share a sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous.’
Lady Sarah Chatto was born in 1964 — the last royal baby born at a palace rather than a hospital — within weeks of cousins Prince Edward, Lady Helen Windsor and James Ogilvy.
The Queen has been described as a ‘surrogate mother’ to the siblings and was particularly close to Lady Sarah, who is understood to remind Her Majesty of her late sister.
A tearful King Charles III and his grief-stricken family surrounded the Queen’s coffin at her state funeral in a moving and majestic farewell to the late monarch in an extraordinary service followed by a national two minute’s silence and the Last Post.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey past the grave of the Unknown Soldier
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral
A family in grief: From left: The Duchess of Sussex, Queen Consort, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex stand outside Westminster Abbey after the state funeral
Responsibility: Heads bowed, Prince Charlotte and Prince George walk in-between the Prince and Princess of Wales as they follow the Queen’s coffin into the church
Her Majesty made her final and saddest journey from Westminster Hall to the church where she married and was crowned as Britain mourned its longest-serving monarch and the royals bade goodbye to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her coffin was placed close to the altar with her crown, orb and scepter on its top surrounded by flowers chosen by the King from gardens she loved. A card in the flowers on top of the coffin read simply: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury hailed the Queen’s ‘abundant life and loving service’ as he delivered the sermon at her state funeral, adding: ‘She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.’
State trumpeters from the Household Cavalry sounded the Last Post following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s commendation over the Queen’s coffin and a blessing pronounced by the Dean of Westminster. Two minutes’ silence followed across the country before Reveille was sounded by the trumpeters before the National Anthem was sung by the congregation.