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.
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.
“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.”
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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