The Duchess of Cambridge’s Jubilee service pearl earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge wore the diamond and pearl drops as a nod to Her Majesty and also to Prince Phillip at the Service of Thanksgiving, marking day two of the Jubilee celebrations

By Kim Parker

Resplendent in her sunny yellow Emilia Wickstead coat dress and matching hat, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the service of Thanksgiving to mark the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations at St. Paul’s Cathedral earlier today.

Like the Queen, who favours wearing jewels with a personal or symbolic meaning to royal events, the Duchess chose to wear a pair of pearl earrings as a sweet nod to Her Majesty, and to Prince Phillip, who passed away last year.

She chose the Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop Earrings, which are part of the Queen’s private collection. The earrings were created from a clutch of pearls given to the-then Princess Elizabeth and to Lt. Philip Mountbatten as a wedding gift from the Hakim of Bahrain, on the occasion of their marriage in 1947. They feature round diamond studs, from which hang round and baguette-cut diamonds, with the pearls suspended as drops. The young Queen often wore the earrings for official portraits and royal occasions and later lent them to Princess Diana, who wore them for a gala event at Hampton Court Palace in 1982.

The Queen wears pearl earrings in 2015
The Queen also wore the Bahrain Pearl Earrings to the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2015.

More recently, the Duchess of Cambridge has received the earrings on long-term loan from The Queen, and has worn them to several public events such as Royal Ascot in 2017 where they provided the perfect finishing touch to her white lace outfit by Alexander McQueen.

Last year, the Duchess wore the earrings to the funeral service for Prince Philip in Windsor, pairing them with another pearl jewel borrowed from The Queen – a four-row pearl choker necklace, made from pearls given to Her Majesty by the Japanese government. By wearing the earrings to St. Paul’s Cathedral today, the Duchess is paying tribute to the monarch who has given her life in service over 70 years, as well her marriage to Prince Philip, who would have undoubtedly wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion along with his family today.

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