Kate paid her tribute to the Queen by wearing a stunning necklace that belonged to the late monarch which had four rows of pearls and a central diamond clasp.
For the late Queen's funeral on September 19, the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton was dressed in an elegant black dress. According to The Independent, per the royal dress code, she was dressed in a wide-brimmed hat with a netted black veil, donning a simple and elegant long-sleeved black fitted dress coat. Kate also wore a stunning necklace that belonged to the late monarch, her grandmother-in-law, which had four rows of pearls and a central diamond clasp. In a final touching tribute, Kate finished her look with Princess Diana's pearl bracelet, as per Daily Mail. The Princess of Wales was driven to the Abbey along with the Queen-Consort, Camilla, and her two children, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte.
Just after 6.30 a.m. on Monday, the last mourners left Westminster Hall following the conclusion of the monarch's five-day lying-in-state. The royal family's female members are required to follow a strict dress code on the day of the funeral. Even non-working royals must don some kind of traditional black lace veil. These "mourning veils" serve as a sign that the wearer is in mourning and also offer some privacy if the wearer becomes upset during the funeral. They are typically crafted from lace, tulle, or fine netting material that allows a person to see through it.
The Four-Row Japanese Pearl Choker worn by the Princess of Wales was first lent to her by the Queen in 2017. She was later spotted wearing it during Prince Philip's funeral in 2021. In 1982, Princess Diana had worn the same necklace to a luncheon at Hampton Court Palace. The Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings, another item of jewelry from the Queen's collection were worn by Kate at the burial, and contain one large round diamond and four smaller ones, three baguette diamonds, and a Bahrain pearl dangling below.
The Princess has honored the Queen in several outfits and jewelry during the past 10 days. On September 14, Kate wore the monarch's customary diamond leaf brooch to Westminster Hall, where the Queen's remains were laid to rest. According to Marie Claire, Her Majesty last wore it in 1999 when celebrating her 73rd birthday in Seoul, South Korea.
Additionally, Kate donned the three-tiered pearl necklace for a weekend engagement at Buckingham Palace. The Queen would wear this necklace on several occasions. Sam Cohen, the Queen's former assistant private secretary, told People that the late queen valued simplicity in her daily jewelry. Queen Elizabeth was seldom ever seen without the exquisite necklace. "She wasn't interested in material things at all. She wore the same pearl necklace every day," Cohen told People.
Kate also wore a pair of Her Majesty's old earrings when she visited military personnel at the Army Training Centre Pirbright.
Presented that the Princess has worn the pearl drop earrings at least four times, the Queen must have given them to Kate a few years ago. Following the Queen's passing on Thursday, September 8, the Princess of Wales has endeavored to honor her with her attire and jewels throughout all of the services. Her funeral attire perfectly observes the royal dress code for funerals and represents a dignified and elegant image of the princess.
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