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Kate Middleton's subtle tribute to Princess Diana – did you spot it?

The Duchess of Cambridge sported sentimental jewellery

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Kate Thomas
Lifestyle Managing Editor
June 2, 2022
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The Duchess of Cambridge paid a subtle tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana during the Queen's Birthday Parade on Thursday.

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In a sweet nod to her husband Prince William's mother's legacy, Duchess Kate chose beautiful pieces from her sapphire jewellery collection to accessorise her Alexander McQueen coat dress. She sported dazzling drop earrings, which were originally a wedding gift to the late Princess Diana – part of a suite of jewels given by Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia – and a matching necklace.

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The late Princess of Wales cherished the jewels and wore them to countless occasions in the '80s and '90s.

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The drop earrings and necklace match the mother-of-three's engagement ring, which would be worth approximately £123,000 today.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore Princess Diana's sapphire earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge's overall look was also remarkably similar to a white ensemble worn by Diana in 1991 to watch a parade of military personnel who had served in the Gulf War.

From the elegant neckline to the statement hat, Duchess Kate appeared to have been inspired by the iconic fashion moment.

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Princess Diana pictured in 1991 in a similar white outfit

Duchess Kate delighted royal fans during the Trooping the Colour military parade when she rocked a beautiful white coat dress and matching hat.


The event was a momentous occasion for the Cambridges as their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, made their carriage debut.


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The children have previously made an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony to wave to crowds and watch the RAF flypast, but for the first time, they took part in the procession along The Mall and shared a carriage with their mother Kate.

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Duchess Kate inherited several of Princess Diana's sapphire pieces

Over 1,200 parading soldiers, 240 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark the Queen's official birthday.

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