Members of the Royal Family attended a slimmed down funeral on Saturday after the Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 earlier this month. The Duchess of Cambridge wore an iconic pearl choker necklace with diamond and pearl drop earrings from the Queen’s collection.
Daniela Elser, Australian royal columnist, said the jewellery served as a “priceless” seal of approval from Her Majesty.
She wrote on news.com.au: “If there was any doubt about the Queen’s feelings about her granddaughter-in-law, then the four-strand diamond-clasped pearl choker and diamond earrings which were worn by Kate and lent to her by Her Majesty, served as a priceless seal of regal approval.
“The choker was commissioned by the Queen in the ’70s and in 1982 Diana, Princess of Wales, donned the piece for a banquet for the Dutch royal family.”
According to experts, pearls hold a historical royal tradition spanning back thousands of years.
Leslie Field, the author of The Queen’s Jewels, told PEOPLE: “Pearls are traditional for Queens going back one thousand years- there has never been a Queen who didn’t wear pearls.
“They were rare, beautiful and lustrous and the more you wear them, the more lustrous they become.”
Pearls are also often referred to as ‘mourning jewellery’ through a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria.
After her husband, Prince Albert, died the Queen famously wore black for 40 years.