13 January 2017

35 of Kate's Best Jewels: 1-7

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Time for the sparkliest and brightest pieces in our countdown of 35 of Kate's Best Jewels!




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7. The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace: This Cartier diamond necklace was one of the Queen's wedding presents in 1947; Kate borrowed it for an event at the National Portrait Gallery. (More, including great close-ups, over here!)


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6. Queen Mary's Choker Bracelet: Another loaner from the Queen, this bracelet, which was made from a choker necklace worn by Queen Mary, was also worn by the late Queen Mother. (Closer views over here!)


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5. The Edinburgh Wedding Gift Bracelet: This bracelet is a very sentimental loan from the Queen to Kate; it was her wedding present from the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. The diamonds on the bracelet were taken from a tiara that belonged to his mother, Princess Andrew. That tiara was her wedding gift from Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia! (More over here!)


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4. Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara: This iconic tiara is another loan from the Queen. Made for Queen Mary, it's also been worn by the Queen and, more famously, by the late Diana, Princess of Wales. (More over here!)


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3. The Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring: Made by Garrard, Kate's famous sapphire and diamond cluster engagement ring originally belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. William gave the ring to Kate as a way to include his mother in their engagement and wedding celebrations. (Much more over here!)


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2. The Queen's Diamond Chandelier Earrings: These delicate, lovely diamond chandelier earrings were one of the Queen's earliest jewel loans to Kate; she wore them for the first time during a visit to America shortly after the royal wedding. (More over here!)


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1. The Lotus Flower Tiara: My favorite of the three tiaras that Kate has worn so far, this diamond and pearl sparkler originally belonged to the Queen Mother. It was worn for years by Princess Margaret, and it was also the bridal diadem worn by her daughter-in-law, Viscountess Linley (now Countess of Snowdon). Kate's most prominent appearance in the tiara so far was at the Chinese state banquet in 2015. (More over here!)