Princess Anne’s final tribute to her mother as she accompanies The Queen’s coffin to moving state funeral

It was subtle but oh so touching.
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Princess Anne has has paid one last tribute to her late mother Queen Elizabeth II as she accompanied the coffin to Westminster Abbey for the landmark state funeral.

She accompanied her brothers, King Charles III, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as they led the royal procession that walked with the coffin to the funeral.

The only woman among a sea of men, Anne made history as the first royal woman to ever walk in such a procession for the funeral of a monarch. Prince Harry, Prince William and Peter Philips also walked.

Not one to shy away from her femininity, Anne honoured her late mother with a swipe of bright pink lipstick on the solemn day.

Princess Anne walks in the royal procession.

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Anne honoured her late mother with a swipe of bright pink lipstick on the solemn day.

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It was a subtle nod to her late mother, who was never seen without her signature pink lip at formal and public occasions.

Anne previously revealed to the Australian Women’s Weekly that she took plenty of style inspiration from her mother.

“The Queen and I had a discussion the other day about the difference between fashion and style and I think maybe that’s relevant in the sense that she didn’t do fashion but she certainly does style, and style tends to last longer,” she said at the time.

“You have an individual style and it’s a quality which has a long-term value.”

Princess Anne is the Queen’s only daughter.

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Last week, Princess Anne spoke fondly of the “unique memories” she has of the Queen in her first statement since her Majesty’s death.

“I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys,” she penned.

“Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting. We will all share unique memories.”

In what was part of Operation Unicorn, on Sunday, the Queen’s coffin was driven from Balmoral, her place of death, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where she was briefly rest in the Throne room.

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As the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the oak coffin into the Queen’s official Scottish residence, Princess Anne, who is 16th in line to the throne, watched on and paid tribute to her dearly departed mother.

In an elegant fashion, Anne bowed her head and fell into what might be her last deep curtsy for her mother.

The gesture was made even more poignant by the fact it mirrored exactly how Queen Elizabeth II greeted Princess Diana’s coffin during her funeral in 1997, where she bowed her head as a sign of respect.

Princess Anne also accompanied her brothers King Charles III, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward to hold a silent vigil over their mother’s coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

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