Queen Elizabeth II acknowledged the work of various members of the royal family in a subtle way. One of these ways is thought to be shown through the loan of jewelry that the queen makes from her personal and extensive-vault to the female members of her family.
The Queen has lent Kate Middleton a number of important jewelry pieces over the past decade. The monarch’s granddaughter has become one of the biggest beneficiaries of the generosity of the Queen’s jewelry for both public and private events. From tiaras to earrings, necklaces, rings and brooches, Kate has been the patron (if only for one evening) of some of the most precious and powerful symbols of the monarchy.
The Queen has one of the largest private jewelry collections in the world, which does not include the crown jewels she technically trusts. The main beneficiaries of the loan during the Queen’s reign have been her only sister, Princess Margaret, her daughters–in-laws, Princess Diana and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and, finally, Kate.
Here, Greeley Tribune explores some of the most luxurious and significant loans the Queen has given Kate during her wedding, from sentimental pieces to important royal heirlooms.
Queen Alexandra Pearl Necklace
One of the oldest and most important pieces of jewelry that the Queen lent to Kate in 1863 and Elizabeth II’s great-grandfather King Edward VII (when Prince of Wales) to his future wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
The necklace is made of diamonds and big beads arranged in beautiful swags with perfectly matching pearl drops. The necklace was gifted to Alexandra with a tiara, earrings and a matching brooch.
Queen Alexandra wore the necklace throughout her married life and when she died in 1925 it found its way into the collection of her daughter-in-law Queen Mary (Elizabeth II’s grandmother).
Mary was never photographed wearing the necklace and she lent it to her daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who began wearing it in the 1930s. Due to its size and historical significance, the necklace was considered one of the most important pieces of the Queen Mother. When she died in 2002, the Queen Mother’s jewelry was inherited by her daughter, Elizabeth II, who never wore the piece in public. Instead it remained unseen until a hug from the Duchess of Cambridge in 2018.
Kate was loaned the necklace for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honor of the King and Queen of the Netherlands. She paired it with Queen Mary’s Diamond Lovers Knot tiara and earrings that belonged to Princess Diana. Pearls and sapphires have become the jewelry most notably associated with Kate and this is because she previously wore many pieces related to Diana.
Four-strand pearl necklace and Bahrain pearl earrings
For Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, Kate wore two precious pieces of jewelry borrowed from the Queen’s private collection with links to the prince.
Along with her elegant black Catherine Walker & Co coat dress, Kate wore a four-strand pearl necklace with a diamond-central element, reportedly a gift of pearls from the Japanese government after a visit paid for by the Queen and Philip. was born in 1970s.
Kate was loaned a necklace to wear to the 70th wedding anniversary dinner for the Queen and Philip at Windsor Castle in 2017.
Kate also wore delicate diamond and pearl earrings owned by the Queen for the funeral. These were reportedly made from pearls gifted to the Queen from the ruler of Bahrain in 1947.
Queen Mary Diamond and Pearl Lover’s Knot Tiara
One of Kate’s most luxurious jewels has a close relationship to the Queen, but also to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Queen Mary’s diamond and pearl lover’s knot tiara dates back to the 1900s and was made by Elizabeth II’s grandmother to mimic a tiara owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta the Duchess of Cambridge.
Mary had a keen eye for jewelry and when she died in 1953, her lover’s knotted tiara was inherited by the Queen, who wore it in the early years of her reign. In 1981, the monarch gave Princess Diana the tiara on a long-term loan as a wedding gift.
Diana returned the tiara to the Queen after their divorce in 1996 and was not seen again until 2015 when Kate wore it to a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace. Since then she has worn the piece regularly.
nizam of hyderabad necklace
One of the queen’s most valuable necklaces was given to her as a wedding gift by the Nizam of Hyderabad (an Indian subcontinental ruler). The piece was created by Cartier and the Queen has worn it several times throughout her reign.
In February 2014, the Queen first lent the necklace to Kate, who wore it to a reception hosted by the National Portrait Gallery, at which she was a new patron. It wasn’t lent to her again until 2019, where she wore it to her best advantage against a black velvet evening gown by Alexander McQueen and with the diamond and pearl lover’s knotted tiara from Queen Mary.
Queen’s Dubai Sapphire Earrings
Prince William and Kate to host a special drive-in screening of the live-action Disney film in 2021 Cruella In the Castle of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. For the occasion, Kate wore a beautiful Holland & Cooper trench coat and teamed it with diamond and sapphire earrings, which were previously worn by the Queen.
The earrings were part of a suite of jewelry presented to her by Sheikh Rashid of Dubai in 1979, and the monarch has worn them sporadically in recent decades. The earrings complemented Kate’s diamond and sapphire engagement ring – formerly the estate of Princess Diana.
maple leaf brooch
The Asprey Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch is a jewel that the Queen inherited from her mother. It was purchased by King George VI for his wife in 1939 prior to the outbreak of World War II before an important trip to Canada and the United States.
The brooch was a tribute to the Canadian flag which features a bold maple leaf and was worn by royal women on frequent visits to the country. The Queen loaned the brooch to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for her first trip to Canada in 2009 and also to Kate for her two tours of the country in 2011 and 2016.
Kate wore the brooch with her first outfit on both tours.
Diamond bracelet from Prince Philip
When Prince Philip engaged the future Queen Elizabeth II, he did so with the gift of jewelry that had previously belonged to his mother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark (born Princess Alice of Battenberg, granddaughter of Queen Victoria).
Being relatively poor by royal standards as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Philip was given by his mother to destroy one of his tiaras to make an engagement ring with diamonds. With the leftovers, he had a beautiful modern bracelet designed as a gift for his future bride.
Sometimes referred to as the “Edinburgh Wedding Bracelet”, this piece was worn by the Queen touchingly on a regular basis during her wedding.
In 2015, the bracelet was first loaned to Kate Middleton for a state banquet in honor of the President of China. Since then she has worn it on several other occasions including at the 2017 BAFTA Awards ceremony.
Emerald Tassel Earrings
For an evening reception in Jamaica as part of her Caribbean tour of Cambridge in March, Kate debuted a new jewelry loan from the Queen in the form of a pair of diamond and emerald earrings.
The earrings were a gift to the Queen in the 1980s and she has worn them on a few occasions, including a return dinner hosted by President Barack Obama during his 2011 state visit to Britain. Kate paired earrings with an elegant Jenny Packham evening gown in a complementary emerald hue, showing off the pieces to her best advantage.