Kate Middleton Has Raided The Queen’s Jewelry Box – And It Wasn’t For The First Time Either

There are many perks to being a royal. Among them is the vast range of beautiful jewelry that you have access to. And if the Queen takes a liking to you, you might even find yourself with permission to wear some of her jewels, which are obviously breathtaking. Indeed, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is spotted wearing them every now and again…

Kate Middleton has been somewhat absent from public  life recently, but there’s a very good reason for that. In April 2018 she gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis. Since then, the mom-of-three has appeared with her children at a few events, such as the christening of Louis and the Trooping the Color ceremony. Technically, though, she’s actually still on maternity leave.

Kate chose to take a longer maternity leave with Louis than what she did with her other two children. And she did this in order to spend more time with her new baby, as well his siblings. It’s clear she’s a mother first and foremost. Indeed, she’s been spotted a few times during her leave playing outside with her two older children, Charlotte and George.

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In fact, Kate was vacationing with her children when she made an appearance wearing the Queen’s earrings. She, Prince William, and their children had gone to visit the Queen at her residence in Scotland, Balmoral. The British monarch stays there every summer, and rumor has it that the castle is one of her favorite places in the world.

During the vacation, Kate was snapped in a car with the Queen, on their way to a church service. She was wearing a stylish Catherine Walker coat dress and a dark-colored fascinator, looking every inch the royal. But it was the earrings that caught everybody’s attention. And that’s because they were the Queen’s very special Bahrain Pearl Drop earrings.

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These earrings have a rich history. In 1947, upon her marriage to Prince Philip, the then-Princess Elizabeth received seven pearls from the ruler of Bahrain. Two of those ocean treasures went on to become part of the earrings, with the pearl hanging beneath a selection of diamonds. Elizabeth wore them often as she began her sovereignty.

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Those in the know consider the pearls of Bahrain some of the best in the world. The jewels were big business there for centuries, right up until comparatively recently. However, by the time that the 1930s rolled around, cheaper artificial and cultured pearls began to appear on the market. This competition effectively put an end to the country’s entire industry. But pearl diving is still on offer to tourists in Bahrain nowadays.

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The Queen’s pearl earrings have made appearances in more recent years as well. During the 2015 Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, she wore them along with other expensive pieces of jewelry. And yet, despite the importance and value of the earrings, the monarch seems more than happy to lend them to select family members.

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In 2012, the Countess of Wessex – A.K.A. Sophie, wife of Prince Edward and the Queen’s daughter-in-law – was photographed wearing the Bahrain Pearl Drop earrings. Sophie often wears items borrowed from the Queen, in fact. But so does Kate, and it seems she was next in line to get hold of them.

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Kate wore the earrings for the first time to a Remembrance Day service in 2016. They are a good choice for such a solemn occasion: the pieces are obviously attractive, but also understated. And since the Queen had also chosen to wear them to a Remembrance Day event, she would know they were appropriate for Kate.

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Kate has, in fact, worn a lot of the Queen’s jewels over the years. For her wedding to Prince William, she wore a stunning tiara that originally belonged to the monarch. The piece was made in 1936 by Cartier for King George VI as a gift for his wife. But before long it was passed down to Elizabeth for her 18th birthday.

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The Queen also seems happy to lend quite personal items out to members of her family. Kate has worn a particular diamond bracelet in public twice, once to the China State Banquet in 2015 and once to the B.A.F.T.A. ceremony in 2017. But it was originally a wedding present from Prince Philip, and comprised of diamonds that had once belonged to his mother.

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Some famous jewelry has been passed between lots of notable royals. The tiara known as the “Lover’s Knot” was originally made in 1914 for Queen Mary, who then passed it to Queen Elizabeth. She in turn passed it on to Princess Diana in 1981 to celebrate her wedding to Prince Charles. Now, it seems to have found a new owner in Kate, who wore it for Buckingham Palace’s Diplomatic Reception in 2015.

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And of course, Kate’s most famous piece of jewelry is also a hand-me-down, although not from the Queen. Her sapphire engagement ring originally belonged to Princess Diana, William’s late mother. The future king gave it to his future wife as a way of making sure Diana was still present in his life as he married.

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Kate isn’t the only royal bride to wear expensive, on-loan jewelry. Meghan Markle, the newest addition to the royal family, also wore a tiara from the monarch’s collection for her wedding. Hers was a platinum and diamond bandeau tiara, again passed down from Queen Mary, which dated back to 1932.

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Meghan’s wedding tiara seemed to be a hit with all who saw it. By July 2018 a replica was being sold online for less than $40, and it was selling well. Reproductions of the newest-royal’s engagement ring were also to be found online. Although they, of course, lacked the personal touch of handed-down royal jewelry.

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Indeed, it seems the fashion world has an obsession with keeping up with Kate and Meghan, but for a very good reason. In 2012 Kate was worth over a billion dollars to the U.K. fashion industry, Newsweek reported. And Meghan has had a huge impact on smaller brands, because whenever she wears those items, sales go through the roof.

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The Queen has plenty of pieces of jewelry available to lend out, should you be lucky enough to get close to her. Her collection of jewels is, as you would imagine, incredible. Reportedly it consists of over 300 pieces, including the Crown Jewels, which the monarch only wears at coronations. Indeed, the Crown Jewels alone have a price tag in the multi-billion-dollar range.

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When Queen Elizabeth passes away, she will most likely leave the jewels to her family members, apart from the crown jewels which belong to the state. Hopefully, the most precious and personal items will remain in the family for a long time to come. Indeed, we may well see Princess Charlotte in some of those famous pieces one day.

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However, that’s still hopefully a long way off. In the meantime, the royal family are settling down with their new members – Meghan Markle and Prince Louis – and enjoying their holidays in places like Balmoral. But with all the outings and appearances the royals have to make, surely the Bahrain Pearl Drop earrings will show up again.

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