- The Princess of Wales wore Princess Diana’s pearl earrings for the procession in London this afternoon
- The elegant pearl earrings worn by Kate were gifted to Princess Diana before her wedding to Charles
- The earrings, made by Collingwood, mark a touching handover from one Princess of Wales to the other
The Princess of Wales paid tribute to her mother-in-law Princess Diana by wearing her earrings for the Queen’s procession today.
Kate, 40, donned pearl earrings that were gifted to Diana before her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.
The earrings, made by Collingwood, mark a touching handover from one Princess of Wales to the other.
They became firm favourites of Diana and were sported on royal tours of Australia, Canada and Italy.
The earrings feature a round diamond stud, from which is suspended an additional round diamond and a bell cap set with three more rows of small diamonds. The bell caps each contain a pearl drop.
Diana began wearing the earrings before she was Princess of Wales. They were a gift from Collingwood, a jewellery firm that was a favourite of the Spencer family.
She wore them on several occasions throughout her marriage.
They made her gala outfits sparkle during her tour of the US in 1985, where she wore them with a lacy white gown and the Lover’s Knot tiara for a gala dinner at the British Embassy.
She also wore them with the form-fitting black dress she sported as she attended the Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery in November 1994 in London, which then later become known as the Revenge Dress.
Today, Kate Middleton, who was made Princess of Wales by King Charles III when he was declared King on Saturday, wore the earrings as a sweet nod to her mother-in-law.
Kate has worn the earrings several times, including in her official portrait released to mark her 40th birthday earlier this year.
She paired them with a pearl brooch which belong to the Queen.
Collingwood also loaned jewels to Diana during the engagement period, including an elaborate diamond necklace and matching earrings, which she wore for a portrait session with Lord Snowdon.
The firm reportedly wanted to gift the necklace and earrings to Diana as a wedding present, but they were cautioned by the palace that the gift would be too extravagant. The diamond and pearl earrings were given instead.