Oh to be Kate Middleton. Not only is she living the plot of every fairy tale, having married a prince and all, but she has access to some of the best jewellery in the world, too. And we’re not just talking about her 12-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. On Monday evening, Middleton celebrated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary at Windsor Castle wearing a pearl choker that belongs to Her Majesty.
The necklace is a beautiful four-strand choker with a diamond clasp, made from a collection of cultured pearls the Japanese government gave to the Queen as a gift. But Queen Elizabeth II, who wore it routinely during the 1980s and 1990s, isn't the only family member to sport the necklace: In 1982, Princess Diana chose it for a state banquet dinner in the Netherlands.
And on Monday, when Middleton wore the pearl and diamond choker, she styled it with something of Princess Diana’s, too: a pair of pearl and diamond earrings that were a wedding present to the Princess of Wales (Diana wore the same necklace and earrings for a visit with the Spanish royal family). As for her outfit, Middleton wore the heirloom jewellery with a black lace Diane von Furstenberg dress, the same one both she and Meghan Markle, her brother-in-law Prince Harry's girlfriend, have worn. Markle, however, was not in attendance to celebrate the milestone anniversary.