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Princess Kate pays tribute to Queen with rarely-seen jewel

The Princess of Wales was a vision of ethereal beauty in the procession to Westminster Hall

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Tania Leslau
Lifestyle Writer
Updated: 15 September 2022
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The newly appointed Prince and Princess of Wales joined King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort for the procession of the Queen's coffin to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

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A sombre Princess Kate was a vision of ethereal grace as she sported a black wool Catherine Walker & Co coat dress with silk piping and a traditional mourning veil crafted from black netting for the occasion. Holding her composure, the mother-of-three looked effortlessly elegant in the all-black ensemble, adhering to royal mourning protocol. Prince William looked equally smart in military attire.

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The royal styled her brunette tresses down loose in gently coiled curls and accessorised with a stunning pearl brooch in the shape of a shamrock and some pearl drop earrings for the poignant event, which was also attended by the Queen's children Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and her grandchildren Prince Harry, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and Peter Phillips.

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Princess Kate's large brooch is composed of three leaves, each of which are outlined in yellow gold. A sizeable mabe pearl is positioned at the centre of each leaf, which are finished with a scattering of small diamonds.

The brooch was a sweet nod to her husband Prince William's late grandmother. The rarely-seen accessory was previously worn by the Queen during her er visit to South Korea in 1999.

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The royal sported a sleek coat dress and point-toe heels

In 2017, Princess Kate donned the eye-catching brooch during a visit to Belgium for the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele, and it has remained in her jewellery box ever since.

The choice of brooch worn by the princess is symbolic, too. Oak has often been an important symbol linked to Royalty, signifying longevity, strength, power, loyalty, and stability; all qualities the Queen was well known for.

Gemologist Alexandra Michell from Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4's Posh Pawn told HELLO! the brooch is worth an estimated £65,000.

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Princess Kate wore a beautiful pearl brooch

Meanwhile, Princess Kate's 'Collingwood Pearl Earrings' once belonged to the late Princess Diana, who received the jewels as a wedding gift.

James Constantinou from Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4's Posh Pawn told HELLO! that Princess Diana wore them over a dozen times either dressed up or down, and they have been worn as many times by Princess Kate to official functions.

A double diamond drop precedes the open-worked diamond setting from which large pear-shaped pearls are suspended.

Wearing black during a period of mourning is customary for the royal family, a practice deeply rooted in royal tradition as used as a mark of respect for the dead.

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She supported her husband Prince William who looked smart in military dress

We can expect the British royals to wear black from now until seven days following the Queen's funeral, when "royal mourning" ends.

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Though the style rule is only set in place during the period of mourning, it is up to the bereaved how long they decide to continue wearing black – a tradition thought to have been started by Queen Victoria.

After her husband Prince Albert died, the former monarch only wore black for the remaining 40 years of her life.

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The mother-of-three accompanied Camilla, Queen Consort, during the journey

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away "peacefully" at Balmoral at the age of 96, and her children Princess Anne and King Charles are thought to have been by her bedside at the time. The former has been by the monarch's side ever since, following her coffin to the Palace of Holyroodhouse by car, and joining her on her flight to London.

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Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her coffin is set to lie in state in the Palace of Westminster from 14 September to 19 September, to allow the public to pay their last respects. The closed coffin is placed on view inside Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit the late monarch's resting place.

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