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Kate Middleton made a symbolic fashion statement at the May 10 opening of the Glade of Light Memorial, commemorating the victims of the 2017 terrorist attacks at Manchester Arena. The British monarchs wore attractive bee and beehive earrings as a symbol of the long-standing symbol of Manchester. The worker bee is a symbol of the hardworking past of the English city and came to represent unity after the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert held there five years ago. Grande had a bee tattooed on the back of his ear in solidarity with the 22 people who had died.
Middleton’s earrings were custom made by London-based luxury jeweler Vanless Diamonds for the occasion, as confirmed by page six. An upgraded version of the brand’s blue hoop earrings, these are made of yellow gold, enamel, diamonds and sapphires and are embellished with the charm of each bee and beehive. Seeing the way they prepared for the memorial dedication, it is clear that the Duchess wanted to show support for the victims and their families.
For the rest of Middleton, he revisits his personal archives, as he often does, re-wearing the blue-gray Michael Kors coat-dress that he first wore in 2014 during his royal visit to Australia. She completed her look with a navy top – a pollen bag, matching suede Rupert Sanderson pumps, and a lapis lazuli necklace from British jeweler Astley Clark.
Ahead, take a closer look at Middleton’s latest commemorative style moment and shop for her accessories.