Kate Middleton borrows Queen Elizabeth II diamonds to visit Jamaica

Kate Middleton wore a collection of glittering Queen Elizabeth II jewelry to an evening reception hosted by the Governor-General of Jamaica on Wednesday.

As part of Kate’s visit to the island with Prince William to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the dinner was held at King’s House in Kingston and the Duchess made a royal show of appreciation for her hosts.

Shining in an emerald green ball gown from one of Kate’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham, she paired the look with a pair of earrings and bracelets borrowed by the Queen.

Although modern “tassel” style pieces have been worn by the Queen since the 1980s, their origins are not known. The diamond and emerald pieces are set in gold and there is also a matching necklace that Kate was not wearing. Queen Elizabeth wore a suit of jewelry to a banquet hosted by President Obama during her state visit to London in 2011.

Kate Middleton was loaned emerald and diamond earrings belonging to Queen Elizabeth II for a royal tour of the Caribbean. Kate (L) photographed at the Governor General’s reception in Jamaica on March 23, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II (R) is photographed during the 2011 state visit of President Barack Obama on May 25, 2011.
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The jewelry made an impression on the then First Lady Michelle Obama. Speaking to Stephen Colbert to promote his book, he said, “You kind of look and go—’everything is real’, you think ‘this is cool—but it’s all real. ‘”

Kate paired the borrowed jewelry with the star of the Royal Victorian Order and a special piece of herself, a diamond badge with a portrait of the Queen on a yellow silk ribbon known as the “Royal Family Order”. was pinned.

This special badge is a personalized gift from the Queen to the working female members of the Royal Family. Respect is not always given. Sarah Ferguson never received the Order after marrying Prince Andrew, although Princess Diana did, and Meghan Markle in particular did not receive one. This might be due to the fact that usually brides order it after a few years of their marriage. Kate waited six years to receive it, although it was reported that she waited until the badge included ivory products in its manufacture.

As Meghan has stepped down as an official working member of the royal family, it is unlikely the Queen will give her the order of the family.

The evening reception at King’s House follows protests held at the first two stops of the Royals’ Caribbean tour in Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

In Jamaica, protests have been organized that William accepts the role of the British royal family in the enslavement of Africans brought into the country to work on the sugar plantations before the practice was abolished in the 1830s.
Prominent Jamaican figures have condemned the visit and expressed their desire to not only seriously discuss the subject of compensation paid to slave descendants with British representatives but also remove the Queen as head of state.

Kate Middleton Jamaica Jewels
Kate Middleton wore Jenny Packham’s evening dress to a reception at King’s House in Jamaica on the final night of the royal visit. The Duchess paired the dress with diamonds and emeralds from Queen Elizabeth II’s collection, as well as the order of her royal family and the star of the Grand Victorian Order. 23 March 2022.
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Elizabeth II remains Jamaica’s head of state, although the country gained its independence from Britain in 1962. Although the queen has no direct relationship with the day-to-day governance of the island, some Jamaicans feel the country should have been 60 years after independence. Own head of state, separating himself from the royal family.

In a meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday, William and Kate were briefed about the island’s desire to move toward a greater sense of independence. He added: “There are issues here that you know are unresolved … but Jamaica is as you would see a country that is very proud … and we are moving forward. And we intend to .. True ambition of being a free, fully developed and prosperous country.”

In what has been seen as an attempt to promote ties between Jamaica and the royals, William said in a speech at the evening’s reception later that night, “Katherine and I only wish that we had in Jamaica. Have more time to spend with you all. There is so much more to learn. I hope this will be one of many journeys.”

The future of Jamaica’s relationship with the monarchy is bleak. In 2020 a survey conducted by Jamaica Observer The newspaper found that 55 percent of respondents said the queen should no longer be the head of state. William and Kate’s Caribbean tour came to an end on Saturday after a three-day trip to the Bahamas.

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