Kate Middleton was one of the many members of the British royal family who attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. The newly-titled Princess of Wales accompanied her husband, Prince William, and brought their two eldest children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – to the service at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19.
As per royal protocol, Kate wore a tasteful all-black funeral ensemble for the day’s events. And she wore two pieces of jewelry in a subtle tribute to the late monarch.
Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen coat dress to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral
Kate opted for a sharp-shouldered double-breasted black blazer dress from Alexander McQueen, which featured pleats, a slim waist and a deep V-neckline. It was a square piece of clothing reminiscent of a 1980s power suit, and it was the black version of the dress she wore to a Platinum Jubilee event earlier in the summer.
She accessorized her funeral ensemble with a wide-brimmed black hat. And the princess added some eye-catching pieces from the queen’s extensive jewelry collection.
The Princess of Wales paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in the most subtle way at her funeral
The Princess of Wales’s choice of jewelery for the funeral was her way of honoring her late grandmother. She first wore a pair of long pearl earrings given to Queen Elizabeth as a wedding present by Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa of Bahrain in 1947.
According to jewelry expert Maxwell Stone, the earrings were made from a shell with seven pearls. And they’re estimated at $8,000 (£7,000).
Kate also wore a dramatic four-row Japanese pearl choker with a diamond clasp, from a collection of cultured pearls gifted to the royals by the Japanese government. The piece was part of Queen Elizabeth’s regular jewelery collection in the 1980s and 90s. The necklace was also worn by the late Princess Diana at a state banquet in the Netherlands in 1982.
The choker and earrings hold great sentimental value for Kate Middleton
“The Pearl Choker was made from cultured pearls, meaning they were grown on pearl farms in carefully selected environments. While they have all the qualities – luster and hardness – of natural pearls, cultured pearls are not as rare, which is reflected in their price,” Stone explained.
“With that in mind, I would estimate its value at around $26,300 (£23,000). For Kate, however, it has great sentimental value as not only was it once part of the Queen’s regular jewelery collection, but it was also once worn by the late Princess Diana.”
This wasn’t the first time Kate had worn both the pearl choker and Bahrain pearl earrings to a royal funeral. She also wore both pieces to Prince Philip’s funeral last year.
“It’s incredibly heartwarming to see that Kate chose these pieces to pay her respects to the Queen – especially as she wore them to Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021. The princess obviously associates her with the late monarch and prince,” concluded Stone.
Since Queen Elizabeth’s will is sealed, we don’t know exactly who received her jewelry. But it’s probably safe to say that the necklace and earrings now belong to the new Princess of Wales.
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