Princess Charlotte’s sweet tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during funeral service

Princess Charlotte wore a diamond horseshoe brooch as a sweet tribute to her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II

 Princess Charlotte of Wales arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England
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Princess Charlotte paid a sweet tribute to her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, by wearing a horseshoe brooch in a nod to the late monarch's love of horses. 

As Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince George of Wales walked behind the Queen's coffin at Westminster Abbey, with the Prince and Princess of Wales by their side, the young royal could be seen wearing a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in the form of her brooch. 

Pinned to Princess Charlotte's black coat was a small, diamond brooch in the shape of a horseshoe - a piece that is believed to have been given to Princess Charlotte by Her Majesty the Queen as a gift. 

Princess Charlotte wearing a horse shoe brooch at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

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The young royal's brooch was pinned to an all-black outfit made up of a simple collared coat and smart black hat, echoing her mother, the Princess of Wales' elegant look. 

The delicate piece of jewelry represented the late monarch's love for horses. Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle, was a famously keen equestrian who rode horses since she was a little girl and there were several touching nods to this during her funeral.

Most notably, perhaps was the inclusion of Her Majesty's beloved horse, Emma, who stood at the side of the path as the Royal Hearse made its way along the Long Walk through Windsor Park. Her beloved steed, who she remained riding until she was in her 90s, was brought out to watch the procession pass by. 

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The black fell pony, which goes by the full name of Carltonlima Emma was described as one of the Queen's favorite riding horses by Horse & Hound. A fan of the breed, The Queen was the patron of the Fell Pony society for 40 years. 

The society paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on its website, with a short statement reading, "It is with deepest sorrow that the Fell Pony Society marks the death of our Sovereign and Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has served as Patron of the Fell Pony Society since 1982. 

"Her love of horses and ponies will be greatly missed. We join the wider equestrian community in mourning her loss and we are grateful for her generosity to us during the 40 years of her patronage. We send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family."

Princess Charlotte horse shoe brooch

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The Queen's granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor, also honored Her Majesty's beloved hobby with a necklace featuring a pendant in the shape of a horse's head.

Lady Louise first wore the piece during the vigil at Westminster Hall on Saturday, where she attended alongside Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and James, Viscount Severn. She re-wore the silver necklace again for the State Funeral service today.

Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Lady Louise Windsor attend the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

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Caitlin Elliott
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