At Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, grieving women likely to wear black veils: Here’s what it means

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Queen Elizabeth II, England’s longest reigning monarch, died on September 8 at the age of 96.

She is now resting in state at Westminster Hall, and her coffin will remain there until the morning of her funeral on Monday.

Ahead of the Queen’s funeral, female members of the Royal Family were spotted wearing mourning veils as they attended various events in honor of the late Queen.

A mourning veil is worn by a mourner as a symbol of grief.

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Unlike other religious head coverings, which typically rest on the head and cascade over the hair, mourning veils also cover the face of the wearer, the BBC pointed out.

Most mourning veils are made of a dark colored lace or netting and are almost transparent.

Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, wore a mourning veil and decorative brooch as she attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last week.
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In the case of Queen Elizabeth II, it is traditional for bereaved members of the royal family to wear a mourning veil at a state funeral, the BBC noted.

Mourning veils, however, are not limited to royalty.

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore a mourning veil at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral and funeral procession in Washington, DC, in November 1963.

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While female religious head coverings are commonly associated with wives, vowed religious sisters, and followers of Islam or Orthodox Judaism, there is a long tradition of everyday Christian women covering their heads during worship. , according to the Gospel Coalition, a religious website.

Mourning veils have unique symbolism and meaning that date back to New Testament times in the Bible, said Lily Wilson, owner of Veils by Lily in Kimmswick, Missouri.

“In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul instructs the early church in Corinth that women should cover their heads when praying or prophesying.”

Christian followers of head coverings cite the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 11 as a reason for covering their heads, Wilson told Fox News Digital in a phone interview.

A very young 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's casket in an image remembered by millions of Americans to this day.  Widow Jackie Kennedy wore a mourning veil at the funeral of the 35th President on November 25, 1963 in Washington, DC, as she shook hands with her two young children.

A very young 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father’s casket in an image remembered by millions of Americans to this day. Widow Jackie Kennedy wore a mourning veil at the funeral of the 35th President on November 25, 1963 in Washington, DC, as she shook hands with her two young children.
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“In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul instructs the early church in Corinth that women should cover their heads when praying or prophesying,” she said.

“This instruction is accompanied by others intended to correct certain practices of the faithful during the first liturgy of the breaking of the bread, which was carried out according to the order left by the Lord the day before his death.”

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The Christian veil largely fell into disuse “around the 1960s” among mainstream Catholic and Protestant denominations, Wilson explained.

However, he started to make a comeback.

“In recent years, some Christian women have returned to practice, particularly in conservative Catholic parishes and some Christian denominations,” she said.

This includes wearing the mourning veil at funerals.

A black wedding dress, Victorian style, with a long flowing black veil.  The mourning veil is sometimes seen as a shield to hide grief.

A black wedding dress, Victorian style, with a long flowing black veil. The mourning veil is sometimes seen as a shield to hide grief.
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“Customers who have requested [mourning veils] seemed drawn to the intimacy afforded by the lace that covered their faces,” Wilson said.

“In years past, more than today, it was considered undesirable to show emotions in public.”

Mourning veils “served the dual purpose of giving privacy to the wearer in their mourning and covering the head as instructed by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11”.

The Reverend Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina, said in an email interview with Fox News Digital that the Bible teaches that “a woman’s hair is her glory. “.

When a woman was in public in biblical times, “she veiled her hair as a sign of modesty and, if married, as a sign of love and respect for her husband,” he said.

According to 1 Corinthians in the Bible, the Apostle Paul did not require all women to wear the veil, only Corinthian women, possibly due to a lack of morality in that community, Reverend Jeffrey said Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace.  Indian Land Parish, South Carolina

According to 1 Corinthians in the Bible, the Apostle Paul did not require all women to wear the veil, only Corinthian women, possibly due to a lack of morality in that community, Reverend Jeffrey said Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace. Indian Land Parish, South Carolina
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“Today the veil can be worn, but it is not compulsory,” he added. “Some women who wear veils insist that other women wear them, but St. Paul’s advice was limited to the Corinthians, perhaps because of a lack of morality [in Corinth].

“He did not ask for the veil to be worn in other Christian communities. Today, when veils are worn ceremonially by women, it is a sign of esteem for the other person. When the veils are worn at funerals, it is a traditional and uniquely female act of deference to the deceased.”

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For Wilson, the veil is “spiritually meaningful and enriching to our worship of God.”

An 1890s evening dress worn by “history’s most famous mourner”, Queen Victoria, was made of black taffeta and came with a veil, according to the BBC.

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While the mourning veil was sometimes described as a kind of armour, Jessica Regan, assistant curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, told the BBC that “the mourning dress was also a form of public display, considered by some women as an outsider”. the expression of inner feelings.”

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