Kate Middleton wears the Queen’s pearl choker at the funeral

For Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, Kate Middleton chose to pay homage with a familiar piece of jewelry that eagle-eyed observers of British royal fashion will recognize. On Monday, the new Princess of Wales arrived at the service wearing a four-strand pearl choker with a bulb-shaped diamond clasp at its center. She previously wore the same necklace at the funeral of the Queen’s late husband Prince Philip, which took place in April 2021. And in 2017, Middleton paired pearls with a black lace dress to celebrate the Queen’s 70th wedding anniversary at Windsor Castle.

Pearls are a sartorial standby for many royals. The Queen herself often wore them during times of mourning or remembrance, which explains why Middleton has taken great care to continue the tradition. At the Queen’s procession on September 14, for example, she wore pearl drop earrings that had previously belonged to the late Princess Diana. Those exact earrings made another appearance at the funeral on Monday, complementing Middleton’s pearl and diamond choker.

Beyond the gift from her grandparents, the standout necklace holds additional significance for Middleton. In the 1970s, the Japanese government reportedly presented pearls made from it to the Queen. She wore the choker to numerous occasions, including former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 70th birthday in 1995, E! the news

Although the Queen may be gone, her style legacy lives on for the Middletons. Ahead, see more glimpses of her latest fashion tribute to the late king.

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