Jewellery

Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales wears pearl necklace that belonged to Queen Elizabeth at the state funeral

Kate, Princess of Wales, chose two pieces of pearl jewellery that belonged to Queen Elizabeth at the late monarch's state funeral. She wore a four-strand pearl choker and matching earrings to symbolise mourning and constancy

By Joshua Hendren

Catherine, Princess of Wales, made a touching tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II at her funeral proceedings with two pieces of jewellery that once belonged to the late monarch. Princess Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey in a four-strand pearl choker and pearl earrings from the Queen’s personal collection.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Camilla, Queen Consort and Prince George of Wales are driven down the Mall ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London (Photo by Mike Egerton – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The necklace, gifted to Queen Elizabeth during her first state visit to Japan in 1975, features four strings of ‘the finest cultured pearls’ with a central diamond clasp by court jeweller Garrard.  Each side includes three rows of diamonds that join at the top and bottom with marquise diamonds.

Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (Photo by Geoff PUGH / POOL / AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II first loaned the piece to Catherine in 2017, who wore it to celebrate the Queen’s 70th wedding anniversary to Prince Phillip. The princess also sported the necklace for Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, gets in a car to travel from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London on September 19, 2022, after the State Funeral Service of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images)

As for the Bahrain Pearl Drop earrings – also part of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal collection – they feature round diamond studs, with baguette-cut diamonds and pearls at the drop.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attends the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021 (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Pearls have been a natural choice for the Royal Family during this period of mourning, with Kate opting for a pearl necklace while heading to view the late monarch’s casket, and wearing the Queen’s own pearl and diamond brooch for the procession of the coffin. Representing a subtle balance between finery and modesty, the traditional stone is a symbol of quiet elegance and has acted as a poignant tribute to the Queen’s many years of royal service.

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