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Princess Anne was described as “stunning” with her look likened to that of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst at Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.
While fashionistas are still swooning over stunning images of the Duchess of Cambridge in £1,605 Roland Mouret dress, others thought Princess Anne nailed the perfect look.
As the only woman to walk in the ceremonial procession behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s casket, the 70-year-old combined comfort with style.
Anne opted for a warm, long black coat which she teamed with a wide-brimmed, hat with netting and black leather gloves.
And unlike the younger royals who wore high-heeled court shoes, Anne opted for a pair of stylish but comfortable low-heeled boots.
One fan tweeted: “There have been a lot of mentions about the ladies of the Royal family and what dresses they were wearing, but no mention of Princess Anne, she looked just as stunning.
“I thought she looked like Emmeline Pankhurst absolutely wonderful all of them.”
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The Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie Wessex and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie all looked beautiful in sombre black dress coats with elegant high-heeled court shoes.
But none of them has the kind of footwear needed to follow in the footsteps of the famous women’s rights activist.
TV viewers commented on their amazing ability to walk on the Windsor cobbles in stilettoes.
One tweeted: “Forget William and Harry. What I want to know is how the Duchess of Cambridge manage walking on cobblestones up the hill in high heels! “
Anne on the other hand made sure her feet were as comfortable as her brothers and nephews as she walked behind the casket with the male members of the family.
Often hidden from the cameras behind the Land Rover, she largely stayed out of the limelight.
The Princess Royal was very fashionable as a young woman and has previously been suspected of making feminist gestures in the way she dresses.
Although she has never served in the military, she has a number of honorary ranks and in 2002 she was the first royal woman to wear military attire in public since Queen Elizabeth I in 1588.
Anne raised eyebrows when she wore the uniform of Rear Admiral to her grandmother’s funeral in 2002 because it is very rare for royal females to be seen in trousers on formal occasions.
And although she did not wear a uniform to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, she displayed her medals on her chest like the men in the procession.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is also thought to have opted for comfort and reportedly wore a £149 pair of shoes from Sole Bliss.
But Anne did follow the tradition of the other royals by making a statement with her jewellery and chose a pair of modern pearl, gold and diamond earrings.
She first wore the stunning earrings which are in the shape of a leaf with scattered diamonds and a centre pearl in the middle, on a tour when she was just 19.
Most of the royals, including the Queen, opted for pearls which are said to be part of the mourning dress code, stretching back to the Victorian era when they were thought to represent tears.
Camilla also wore the brooch of the Rifles, representing her role as Colonel-in-Chief of the largest infantry Regiment in the British Army which is based in the West Country.
Princess Anne was said to be Prince Philip’s favourite child because of a tough no-nonsense approach.
After her father’s death, Anne released a statement. “You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready.
“My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well-lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate.”
She added that she wanted to emulate her father’s ability to treat every person as an individual with their own skills.
Anne married and later divorced Captain Mark Phillips, and broke with tradition by choosing not to give her children, Peter and Zara Phillips, formal royal titles.
Now married to retired Naval office Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, she has five grandchildren.
Anne explained her decision in a 2020 interview with Vanity Fair. “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles,” she said.
“So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”