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Kim Gun-hee in controversy over ‘fishnet hat’… President’s Office “Request from the British Royal Family”

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▲ President Yoon Seok-yeol and First Lady Kim Kun-hee attend the Queen Elizabeth II Directorate General held at Westminster Abbey in London, England on the morning of the 19th (local time). 2022.9.19 News 1

Regarding the controversy surrounding the ‘mesh veil (veil) hat’ of Mrs. Kim Kun-hee, who accompanied President Yoon to the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II of England, the presidential office refuted, saying, “It was a request from the British royal family.”

President Yoon Seok-yeol and his wife Kim Kun-hee attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in England on the 19th (local time). At that time, Ms. Kim Kun-hee wore her fishnet robe black hat as her funeral attire. The black mesh cloth covered part of Kim’s face.

Regarding this, some netizens pointed out that in principle, the hat should only be worn by those who have lost their husbands (widows) or the royal family. He also claimed that he had disrespected the British royal family, which values ​​formality.

Lawyer Noh Young-hee said about Kim’s funeral fashion, “It seems that she changed her black mourning clothes three times, including a fishnet hat. But is the condolence passing? A fashion show is irrelevant.”

An official from the presidential office said through various media on the 21st, “The British royal family has sent an official letter asking the first lady to wear a black hat as the dress code for the funeral. In response, Mrs. Kim wore her black shoes and a women’s suit with a hat with a mesh veil.”

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President Yoon Seok-yeol and his wife, Yun Seok-yeol and First Lady Kim Kun-hee leave a hotel in London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th.  2022.9.19 Yonhap News

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▲ President Yun Seok-yeol and his wife heading to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
President Yoon Seok-yeol and First Lady Kim Kun-hee leave a hotel in London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th. 2022.9.19 Yonhap News

“The mourning veil is the heart of the funeral attire”Originally, the veil originated from a custom worn by widows or bereaved family members who had sent their husbands to cover their swollen eyes because they cried a lot in grief. At the funeral mass, not only Kim Gun-hee, but also Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s wife Micheli Bolsonaro wore a black mesh veil with a brim.

Fox News and The Independent of the United Kingdom said, “For women of the royal family, the dress code that must be followed on the day of the funeral is to wear a black dress and a black veil. of the core,” he said.

In fact, the royal family wore a black veil at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, and it is a well-known fact that American Jacqueline Kennedy wore a black veil at the funeral and funeral procession of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. The media explained, “In modern times, it is not only royals who wear black veils.”

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Jin Hye-won said, “There is a lot of misinformation that black mesh is a custom worn only by royalty or that widows wear it at their husband’s funeral.” “When fashion designer Daphne Gwyneth attended the funeral of fashion designer Alexander McQueen in 2010, Like, the black veil can be worn by anyone.”

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By Kim Yoo-min

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