Duchess Kate wears necklace inspired by the late Princess Diana

The stone bears a striking resemblance to her late mother-in-law's favourite pieces…

Fiona Ward

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a striking tanzanite necklace for her recent visit to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), for whom she has become a patron of the Nursing Now campaign. The stone was particularly poignant because of its marked resemblance to the jewellery collection owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, and Kate's own engagement ring, which of course once belonged to her late mother-in-law. The tanzanite pendant, a piece from royal jewellers G Collins and Sons, has been worn by the Duchess on a number of occasions over the years - matching beautifully with her other sparkling blue pieces.

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Duchess Kate looked radiant in the matching blue stones

Perhaps Kate was inspired by Diana's own sense of style, since her husband's mother was also a fan of wearing matching jewels - often choosing colourful stones such as sapphires and rubies. The soon-to-be mother-of-three was clearly continuing the royal tradition, as she also chose co-ordinating accessories at the 2018 BAFTAS, where she opted for glittering emeralds, just as The Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana have done before.

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Kate's late mother-in-law Diana was also a fan of blue jewels

During her visit to the medical centre, the Duchess was reunited with the midwife who helped deliver Princess Charlotte, after spotting Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent among the crowd of guests. Kate appeared delighted and shared an emotional hug with the specialist. Professor Dunkley-Bent, who is the Head of Maternity, Children & Young People at NHS England, said of the moment: "It was a surprise and an absolute pleasure to be reunited with Kate again today. Supporting families at the birth of their baby - including future kings and queens - is hugely rewarding and we're very grateful to have the Duchess of Cambridge's support for the nursing profession."

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Kate was reunited with one of her former midwives during the visit

Earlier on in the day, it was announced that Kate had become the patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Nursing Now 2020 campaign. The mother-of-two, who is expected to give birth in April, is the second patron of the RCOG. Formerly the position was held by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who passed away at the age of 101 in 2002. It is the Duchess' 16th patronage. During her visit, Kate learnt about and supporting women's healthcare and global health work, and championing the professionals who work on the front line.

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