Kate Middleton Wears Queen Elizabeth's Pearl Necklace and Earrings as She Joins Royals for Festival of Remembrance
2023/11/13

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Kate Middleton and Prince William participated in a yearly tradition to commemorate Remembrance Day. On Saturday, the royal couple, along with other members of the family, including King Charles, Queen Camilla, and Prince Edward and Sophie, attended the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.

As is customary, Kate and William wore dark outfits adorned with red poppy pins. The poppy symbol has been used since 1921 to honor fallen soldiers from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, inspired by the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae.

What caught everyone's attention was Kate's stunning jewelry.

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She wore Queen Elizabeth's three-strand diamond necklace and diamond and pearl earrings, creating a sense of connection with the late monarch. Last year, at the same event, Kate wore jewelry that had once belonged to her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, shortly after her passing. It was a touching tribute, as she wore the Bahrain pearl drop earrings and a four-strand pearl choker necklace with a diamond centerpiece, the same pieces she had chosen for the Queen's state funeral and committal service.

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The pearl jewelry had a significant meaning. Pearls, according to Bethan Holt, the author of "The Queen: 70 Years of Majestic Style," were one of the few jewelry items traditionally worn in mourning. They were closely associated with Queen Elizabeth's personal jewelry legacy, symbolizing the mourning of not only a monarch but also a grandmother or great-grandmother. This tradition of wearing pearls in mourning was first introduced by Queen Victoria after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861. Queen Victoria wore black until her passing and adorned herself with colorless jewelry, particularly pearls, which she considered more appropriate and respectful than colored gemstones.

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Tomorrow, the royal family, including William and Kate, will gather again for the National Service of Remembrance, also known as Remembrance Sunday, at The Cenotaph war memorial in London. It is a solemn occasion where they pay their respects to the fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Overall, the Festival of Remembrance was not only a traditional event for honoring fallen soldiers but also a chance for the royal family to showcase their elegant and meaningful attire. Kate Middleton's choice of jewelry, particularly Queen Elizabeth's pearls, added a touch of sentimental value and highlighted the deep connection within the family.

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