When she was known simply as Kate Middleton, the future Duchess of Cambridge wore rather simple jewelry like the rest of us — pearl drop earrings, a charm bracelet, small diamond studs, a tailored watch. With her 2011 marriage to Prince William, however, she gained access to a fairy-tale jewelry wardrobe of precious pieces on loan from the royal collections. Let’s take a look at the jewelry of the Duchess of Cambridge — from state occasion pieces to her personal favorites.
At the royal wedding it is said that Kate had to be convinced to wear “something borrowed” from the Queen’s collection — the Cartier Diamond Halo Tiara. In a tribute to her own family, Kate also wore diamond earrings featuring an acorn motif from the Middleton coat of arms, a wedding gift commissioned by her parents from London jeweler Robinson Pelham.
In December 2013, at a white-tie reception at Buckingham Palace, Kate changed her mind about tiaras when she voluntarily donned the pearl and diamond Papyrus Leaf tiara, a royal collection piece, with her white Alexander McQueen gown. In no small way, Kate’s tiaras have influenced the rising popularity of jeweled bridal headpieces over the past two years.
The People’s Duchess
Although she can well afford to stick with marquee-name designers, the Duchess of Cambridge often chooses accessible outfits from affordable British brands. And when she does wear something from the High Street, it invariably sells out in minutes. So it goes with her jewelry selections: A faux diamond necklace from Zara, and gold-plated earrings from Mirabelle Lolita, both under $60, were instant hits in the UK and the US.