The Princess of Wales paid thoughtful tribute with her coronation jewels
The Princess of Wales, 41, honored Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana at the crowning ceremony through jewelry, wearing the late monarch’s George VI Festoon Necklace with the South Sea Pearl Earrings, which belonged to her mother-in-law.
The glittering George VI Festoon Necklace features three strands of diamonds and was created in 1950 at the commission of King George VI for his eldest daughter, then-Princess Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth reached for the piece for state dinners and special occasions throughout her record-breaking reign.
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Princess Kate has worn her grandmother-in-law’s jewelry many times through the years, paying homage several times since the Queen’s death in September of 2022. The Princess of Wales wore Queen Elizabeth‘s pearl and diamond drop earrings and strand pearl necklace;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “trademark three-strand pearl necklace for a few of the funerary events and paired the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings with a four-strand pearl choker that previously belonged to Queen Elizabeth for the sovereign’s state funeral and committal service.
“Pearls are one of the very few jewelry items you can wear in mourning and are inextricably linked with Queen Elizabeth and her personal jewelry legacy,” Bethan Holt, author of The Queen: 70 Years of Majestic Style, previously told PEOPLE. “It’s a symbol of mourning a monarch but also a grandmother or great-grandmother.”