Since she wed Prince William in 2011, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge has made a number of public appearances, often generously dressed in sparkling and priceless crown jewels which have either been borrowed or gifted to her by members of the royal family. And while a royal title comes with many responsibilities, it also welcomes a number of perks, some of which include the honour of wearing royal heirlooms and jewels from Princess Diana’s personal collection.
Here, we look back at the most iconic pieces Kate Middleton has had the pleasure of wearing.
Princess Diana’s engagement ring Prince William proposed to Middleton in 2010 with his mother’s 14 solitaire diamond and 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire engagement ring, set in 18-karat gold. The ring was selected from the official royal jeweller, Garrard, by Prince Charles and Diana following their engagement in 1981.
Gold wedding band The traditional gold wedding band that sits neatly beside the Duchess’s engagement ring was made from the royal family’s collection of Welsh yellow gold and is similar to the same worn by both the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II.
Nizam of Hyderabad necklace While the Duchess is not know for wearing extravagant and over-the-top pieces, she did step out in an opulent diamond necklace—a wedding present gifted to the Queen by the Nizam of Hyderabad—when attending an event at the National Portrait Gallery.
Gold charm bracelet Middleton is often seen wearing a charm bracelet gifted to her by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when she wed Prince William, a gold piece complete with a “C” for each of their names alongside a coronet and a crown.
Eternity band Prince William presented the mother of his children a diamond eternity band following the birth of their son, Prince George. The ring now sits beside her gold wedding band and diamond encrusted engagement ring.
Cartier Halo tiara Middleton wore the famous Cartier Halo tiara complete with 739 brilliant diamonds and 149 baton diamonds on her wedding day, a piece originally gifted by King George VI to the Queen Mother who then passed it down to Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday.
Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara In 2015, the Duchess had the honour of wearing the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, the very same Princess Diana sported frequently. Diamond encrusted and complete with a number of large pearls, the Garrard tiara was commissioned by Queen Mary and remains in Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection.
Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch In celebration of their third wedding anniversary, Prince William gifted Middleton the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch complete with sapphire detailing—a timepiece quite similar to both Princess Diana’s and his own.
Royal Family Order brooch While it’s been said that Middleton first wore the Royal Family Order brooch to a Diplomatic Reception just last year, the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace she attended in October 2018 was the first time she was photographed wearing it. “I can confirm that Her Majesty awarded The Duchess of Cambridge with the Order in 2017,” a spokesman for Kensington Palace told Vanity Fair of the diamond-encrusted brooch complete with a small painting of the Monarch, which also happens to be the greatest honour the Queen can give to a female member of the royal family.