Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, recently attended the state funeral of former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome.
As the only member of the royal family present, her presence underscored the United Kingdom’s respect for the late statesman.
The Duchess of Edinburgh sat in the front row alongside world leaders such as Emmanuel Macron during Napolitano’s funeral.
Something that drew quite a bit of attention was that the Duchess wore headphones to listen to translations of the secular mass on September 26.
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh at Napolitano’s funeral
For the somber occasion, Sophie chose an elegant black draped V-neck dress by Maison Valentino.
She paired it with black suede heels by Dior. A black caviar clutch by Sophie Habsburg completed the monochromatic palette.
The duchess completed her funeral ensemble with meaningful jewelry. She wore 18-karat white gold infinity earrings encrusted with diamonds.
With her refined style and elegant accents, Sophie fulfilled her duty to represent the Crown at the funeral of the esteemed Italian leader in a dignified royal manner.