Kate wears an elegant pearl necklace as a subtle tribute to the Queen

Kate Middleton wore pearls to view Queen's coffin in tribute to monarch

Kate’s choice of jewelery to view the monarch’s coffin was a tribute to the Queen’s love of pearls (Image: Bruce Adams/Dailymail)

The Princess of Wales used her pearl necklace to make a subtle nod to the Queen as she joined the royal family for a private vigil at the monarch’s coffin at Buckingham Palace.

Dressed in black, Kate, 40, was seen sporting the jewels as she and Prince William were driven to Buckingham Palace last night.

Royal watchers confirmed she wore the simple necklace as a tribute to the late monarch, famous for her lifelong love of pearls.

Arseiny Budrevich, founder of Budrevich Fine Jewelery Studio, told Express royals – especially Queen Elizabeth – loved pearls because they “represent the aristocratic virtues of liberality, magnificence and generosity” and symbolize “purity” and “purity ».

She added: “Pearls have been associated with class, elegance and sophistication since the Ptolemaic dynasty in ancient Egypt, where the royal family wore pearls to show their status.

“This tradition was then passed down through the Holy Roman Empire to the French monarchs who brought it into vogue in the Middle Ages, where it then spread across Europe.

“This is when the British Empire got style.”

Pearls are often worn by royals in mourning as part of a tradition dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria.

They were a favorite of the Queen, who wore them after the death of her husband Prince Philip, who died last week before he was 100.u birthday.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/Shutterstock (13388500o) William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive just before the hearse - The hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrives at Hyde Park Corner on the way to Buckingham Palace.  Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrives at Hyde Park Corner., Hyde Park Corner, London, UK - September 13, 2022

Kate was driven to Buckingham Palace on a rainy Tuesday evening with husband William (Image: Shutterstock)

Kate Middleton was spotted wearing a pearl necklace in an apparent tribute to the Queen

Her choice dates back to a royal tradition of wearing pearls in mourning dating back to Queen Victoria (Image: Bruce Adams/Dailymail)

The Queen during her Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth wore her favorite pearls as she waved from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June (Image: AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also attended the private vigil for the Queen's coffin on Tuesday night

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined Kate and William and senior members of the royal family for a private vigil for the Queen’s coffin last night in the Bow Room of Buckingham Palace (Image: Shutterstock/Rex Features)

Kate Middleton has always preferred simple elegance

Kate has always opted for elegant simplicity even on the biggest occasions, including her 2011 wedding to Prince William (Image: Getty)

Kate’s choice of pearl necklace follows Princess Anne’s suit.

The Queen’s daughter chose to wear a modest pin with earrings said to cost around £3,000 as a tribute to both her late parents as she traveled in the Queen’s coffin from Edinburgh to London yesterday afternoon.

Anne has worn the Grima Pearl Earrings on countless occasions over the years, including a number of major life events.

A gift from her parents, Anne also wore the pair to Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle.

Zack Stone of Steven Stone Jewelers said: “Designed by Andrew Grima, Princess Anne’s Grima Pearl Earrings feature gold, pearl and diamonds in a modern leaf design.

The earrings, given to her by the Queen and Prince Philip in the late 1960s, are one of Princess Anne’s longest-lasting pieces of jewelery and hold enormous sentimental value.

Princess Anne wore earrings as a tribute to her parents

Princess Anne’s choice of Grima Pearl earrings as she traveled in the Queen’s coffin was a tribute to her parents (Image: Getty)

“Frequently worn for public appearances, the princess wore them most notably on her first royal tour as an adult, in Australia when she was with her mother aged just 19, at her wedding to Timothy Laurence in 1992 and at Prince Phillip’s funeral in 2021.

“The retail price for a pair of earrings like Princess Anne’s would be in the top £3,000.”

Queen Elizabeth, who died peacefully at her Balmoral home on September 8 aged 96, will be buried wearing just two pieces of sentimental jewellery, a royal expert has claimed.

Lisa Levinson, head of communications at the Natural Diamond Council, told Metro.co.uk it was “unlikely” that the “humble” British monarch would be adorned with heavy, luxury jewelery in her coffin.

He claimed Her Majesty will be laid to rest in her “simple” Welsh gold wedding band and “pair of pearl earrings”.

Ms Levinson added the king’s engagement ring – set with diamonds taken from a tiara belonging to the mother of the Queen’s late husband Prince Philip, Alice of Battenberg – is likely to be handed down to her daughter Princess Anne.

Ms Levinson said: “Her Majesty is an incredibly humble woman at heart who is unlikely to dress in anything other than her simple Welsh gold wedding band to rest and a pair of pearl earrings.”

Queen Elizabeth's coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace

An honor guard greeted the Queen as she made her final entrance to Buckingham Palace (Image: AFP/Getty)

The Queen is expected to be buried in only simple jewelry

Despite years of wearing priceless jewelery to public events, it is believed the Queen will be laid to rest in simple jewelery – her Welsh gold wedding band and a set of pearl earrings (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty)

He added that most of the monarch’s life “has always been about the legacy of the royal family, in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth” and that the tradition of humility will continue until her burial.

The Queen’s private jewelery collection contains around 300 pieces, including 98 brooches, 34 pairs of earrings and 15 rings.

When not worn by the monarch, they were kept in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

The official Crown Jewels are kept in the Tower of London and the collection dating back to the 17th century consists of more than 23,000 diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

Her favorite pieces included pearls, a £40,000 diamond brooch and sapphires from the President of Brazil used at her coronation.

The Welsh last night joined the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and senior members of the royal family as they gathered in grief around the Queen’s lead-lined English oak coffin after it was brought from Edinburgh Airport to the Palace Buckingham.

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