Jewellery

The Princess of Wales wears a brooch displaying a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II

Kate Middleton shimmered in a twinkling brooch that honoured the late Queen while welcoming South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to Buckingham Palace

By Joshua Hendren

Between sentimental pearls and storied heirlooms, we’ve been spoilt for crown jewels this year. 

For King Charles’s first state banquet as monarch, the Princess of Wales, as well as other female members of the royal family, including Camilla, Queen Consort, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, paid a moving tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II through their jewellery.

Kate Middleton wearing a brooch showing a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II
Catherine, Princess of Wales during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Pinned below the Princess’ left shoulder, a brooch displayed the portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth II wearing an evening dress with a ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter.

The brooches indicate that the wearer is part of the Royal Family Order, an honour given to female members of the family by the monarch. Fifteen women were granted the brooch by the late Queen, an honour introduced by George IV in the 1800s.

Kate Middleton wearing a brooch showing a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II
Catherine, Princess of Wales during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The brooch was part of an eye-catching suite of jewels the Princess of Wales chose for the occasion. For the second time that day, she also wore the pearl and diamond drop earrings that were once owned by Princess Diana.

Sophie Wessex wearing a brooch showing a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II
Sophie, Countess of Wessex during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Camilla, Queen Consort, wearing a brooch showing a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II
Camilla, Queen Consort attends the State Banquet in honour of President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

To top off the look, Kate selected one of her favourite tiaras, the Queen Mary Lover’s Knot Tiara. Created for the Royal Family by the House of Garrard in 1914, the sparkling diadem was inherited by Queen Elizabeth II, upon Queen Mary’s death in 1953, who, in turn, loaned the topper to Princess Diana on numerous occasions. Today, the Princess of Wales has adopted it as her go-to, wearing it on a number of white tie occasions including the Chinese state visit and the US state visit in 2019. 

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