Kate Middleton pays tribute to Princess Diana by wearing her Collingwood pearl earrings for Queen's procession

With pearls often worn for mourning periods, Kate Middleton also pinned a diamond and pearl leaf brooch belonging to Queen Elizabeth II on her jacket

Kate Middleton pays tribute to Princess Diana by wearing her Collingwood pearl earrings for Queen's procession
Kate Middleton wore Princess Diana's Collingwood pearl drop earrings for the Queen's procession (Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Twitter/@whotfisjovana)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: In a fitting tribute from one Princess of Wales to another, Catherine Middleton wore her mother-in-law Princess Diana's pearl-drop earrings during the procession of the Queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. The Collingwood pearl drop earrings, as they are known, were originally gifted to Princess Diana even before her wedding to Prince Charles. 

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A favorite accessory of the former Princess of Wales, Diana donned it frequently. She often paired them with the timeless Lover's Knot tiara, a styling combination also adopted by her daughter-in-law. More famously, the pearl drop earrings also featured in Princess Diana's iconic 'Revenge Dress'. On Wednesday, September 14, Kate Middleton paired Diana's earrings with a brooch that belonged to the Queen. Pinned to her black jacket, the diamond and pearl leaf brooch featured a trio of pearls at the center of a pave-set leaf.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14 (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

This is not the first time that Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton has donned her mother-in-law's earrings. In 2017, William and Kate Middleton joined Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Belgium to attend an event to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele. On their second day in Ypres, the then Duchess of Cambridge paired her white coat-dress with the earrings from Princess Diana's private collection. Additionally, she also wore the same pearl and diamond leaf brooch that belonged to the Queen. 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge ahead of a ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commisions's Tyne Cot Cemetery on July 31, 2017 in Ypres, Belgium.  The commemorations mark the centenary of Passchendaele - The Third Battle of Ypres.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore the same pair of earrings and brooch in Belgium during the commemorations to mark the centenary of Passchendaele - The Third Battle of Ypres. (Darren Staples - Pool /Getty Images)

The Collingwood pearls became a staple of Diana's jewelry, and she frequently wore them on several occasions, before, during, and after her marriage to Prince Charles. As per an article by the Daily Mail, the earrings completed her look during her US tour in 1985 when she paired them with a lacy white gown and the Lovers' Knot tiara for a gala dinner at the British Embassy. 

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Princess Diana often paired the Collingwood pearls with the Lover's Knot tiara (Youtube/Royal Celebrity)

A similar look was adopted by Kate in 2018. She attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace wearing a blue Alexander McQueen gown with Diana's favorite Lovers' Knot tiara. She completed the look with a matching diamond-and-pearl necklace that once belonged to Queen Alexandra.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge  during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by Queen Maxima are staying at Buckingham Palace during their two day stay in the UK. The last State Visit from the Netherlands was by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus in 1982.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge donner Princess Diana's Collingwood pearls during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, pairing them with the Lovers' Knot tiara (John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most iconic look featuring the Collingwood pearl earrings is also among the most iconic look to ever exist - Princess Diana's 'Revenge Dress'. The 'Queen of people's hearts' wore the earrings with the form-fitting off-shoulder black dress during a Vanity Fair party in 1994. The dress got its name as many assumed she wore it "in revenge" after Prince Charles' public admission of adultery.

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As a result, the Collingwood pearls have a long history and were certainly among Princess Diana's favorites. A round diamond stud helps an extra round diamond to suspend from it, following which a bell cap is set with three more rows of small diamonds below which suspends the pearl drop.  

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Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall(Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen inside the Palace of Westminster during the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
While the new Princess of Wales honored Princess Diana by wearing her pearl drop earrings, Meghan wore a pair of classic pearl and diamond studs gifted to her by the Queen (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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