Yes, the family must have known her time was coming to an end. Or the ladies all had mourning wear in the process of being made "just in case" and this outfit was the one for HM's funeral, as opposed to any other funeral they would have to attend. All of the ladies had at week's worth of beautiful coats and dresses at the ready, which is impressive.
My big takeaway from this article, besides the closeness between the late queen and Sophie, is that the brooch Charlotte wore had belonged to the Queen Mother.
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