Kate Middleton paid a quiet homage to Princess Diana during King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday.
The Princess of Wales wore a beautiful Alexander McQueen embroidered gown with a unique piece borrowed from Diana’s jewellery box to the Westminster Abbey crowning ceremony.
The princess donned the late royal’s spectacular diamond and pearl earrings, which were first seen in public in the early 1990s. Diana’s extensive jewellery collection was inherited by her two sons, Princes William and Harry, after her tragic death at the age of 36 in 1997.
Since their marriages, both princes’ spouses, Kate and Meghan Markle, have worn a number of items from the collection, with Kate donning high-status pieces like of Diana’s pearl and diamond jewellery.
Kate is not the first person to wear the earrings, which are of unknown origin but were first seen on Diana in 1990 during the coronation dinner of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan.
Diana’s favourite earrings include two stylized curves of diamonds with a pearl dangling from each. The earrings once had two huge south-sea pearl pendants, but when Kate first began wearing them in 2019, they were changed with smaller diamond-topped pearl drops.
Diana used the earrings with several of her most renowned dresses and continued to wear them after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996. During a visit to Australia later that year, the princess paired the gems with a dramatic asymmetric blue evening gown made by her friend, Gianni Versace.
Kate wore her mother-in-law’s earrings only days after the royal broke her normal public quiet over the late Princess Diana.
During a visit to Wales on April 27, Kate was asked about her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which King Charles gave to Diana when they were engaged in 1981.
“It’s the same ring [as Diana’s], and it’s exactly the same size as when I tried it on, yeah,” Kate said to a fan. “So it’s very, very unique.” It’s a privilege to be allowed to continue wearing it.”
Kate elaborated on her connection with her mother-in-law, who died 14 years before her marriage to William, saying, “I never, tragically, got to meet her…Obviously, now that she has children—grandchildren—and is a grandmother…she’d be amazing. We miss her every day, and that’s all that matters.”
Kate’s coronation gown was designed by the same fashion house that created her wedding gown, Alexander McQueen. ‘All eyes were on Princess Kate as she made her much-anticipated entrance to the abbey wearing a full-length Alexander McQueen in ivory silk crepe, embellished with silver bullion embroidery by the highly skilled Royal school of needlework beneath her splendid red white and blue coronation robes’.Her order of the garter and a gorgeous McQueen and Jess Collett silver headdress in the form of leaves – the ideal dazzling compromise between a headpiece and full-on tiara – completed her regal ensemble.”
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