The Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth in more ways than one. She and Prince William joined the rest of the royal family at Windsor Castle for a party in honor of Her Majesty and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary. And Kate borrowed the Queen's pearl necklace for the occasion.
The Queen herself can be seen wearing the necklace to a royal engagement in Bangladesh in
The so-called Japanese Pearl Choker is a four-strand necklace with a central diamond clasp that was commissioned by the Queen and made from cultured pearls presented to her by the Japanese government. According to Her Majesty's Jewel Vault, the Queen made her first state visit to Japan in 1975 and the choker was in use by the early 1980s.
With the necklace, Kate also paid tribute to the mother-in-law she never met. Princess Diana wore the pearls to a banquet given by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands at Hampton Court Palace during the Dutch royal family's visit to the U.K. in 1982.
Princess Diana wore the choker during Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands' state visit to the U.K. in 1982.
Along with the choker, the Princess of Wales wore the sash of the House Order of Orange, which was presented to her by Queen Beatrix.
Kate paired the necklace with a set of Diana's favorite earrings, the pearl and diamond drops were a wedding gift to the Princess of Wales from Collingwood jewelers in London. She wore them frequently.
Diana at Westminster Pier ready to greet Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as she arrives on her state visit in London, November 1982.
If we were in Kate's shoes, we'd probably borrow whatever the Queen offered us (should we ever find ourselves in a position to do so) but in this case, pearls have a special meaning: They're traditionally worn by brides. The 35-year-old Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her third child with Prince William, will celebrate her seventh wedding anniversary next April 29th. Just 63 more and she'll match the longevity of the Queen and Prince Philip.
Kate paired the necklace with a set of diamond and pearl earrings that had been a wedding present to the Princess of Wales.
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