Kate Middleton Wears the Queen’s Pearl Choker to Prince Philip’s Funeral: How the Jewels Are Full of Symbolism

Kate Middleton wore Queen Elizabeth’s pearl and diamond choker and pearl earrings to Prince Philip’s poignant funeral at Windsor Castle today — and the jewelry is full of symbolism.

The Duchess of Cambridge previously wore the necklace for Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary dinner in 2017, also at Windsor Castle, to celebrate a royal marriage for the ages.

The Japanese Pearl choker has four strands of pearls and features a striking curved diamond clasp, and the jewels wore worn by three generations of royals. Both the Queen and the late Princess Diana chose the choker for special occasions through the decades.

Diana, Middleton’s late mother-in-law, wore the necklace in 1982, when the Queen loaned her the piece for one of Diana’s first royal engagements following her marriage to Prince Charles. Diana stepped out in the jewels for a dinner with Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands during the Dutch royal family’s visit to the U.K.

Princess Diana Queen's necklace 1982
Princess Diana wore the Queen’s necklace with the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara to one of her first official royal engagement’s in 1982.

The Monarch also wore the choker for major occasions throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including to Margaret Thatcher’s 70th birthday celebration at Claridge’s in 1995.

Queen Elizabeth, here with Prince Philip and Margaret Thatcher, wore the choker to Thatcher’s 70th birthday in 1995.

For the funeral today, Middleton also rewore a black Roland Mouret she previously chose for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in 2018.

Prince Philip died last week at age 99 after a life of service and dedication to the Queen.

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