Our birthday countdown of the Duchess of Cambridge’s best royal jewels continues today with eight more of her most sparkling pieces of jewelry…
This versatile, vivid demi-parure of diamond and tanzanite jewels features a pair of earrings and a pendant necklace. Kate has chosen to wear the complete set or parts of it for several important occasions, including the royal tour of Canada in 2016, the unveiling of a memorial honoring those who served in the Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan campaigns in 2017, and, famously, a visit by the Obamas to Kensington Palace in 2016. Above, she wears the jewels for a service of commemoration for those who served in Afghanistan in March 2015.
Diamond earrings, a bracelet, and a ring in a distinctive cluster-and-baguette design make up this versatile set, which is sometimes said to have been a wedding gift from Prince Charles. Kate wears the earrings and bracelet from the set above at Government House in Canberra during the tour of Australia in April 2014.
Reportedly one of Kate’s wedding gifts, this suite of jewels includes at least three pieces: a diamond and ruby fringe necklace with floral motifs, a matching bracelet, and a pair of coordinating earrings. Kate’s most prominent outing in the necklace came early in her marriage, when she attended the Sun Military Awards in December 2011.
This modern suite of diamond and emerald jewels includes at least three pieces: a pair of earrings (which can apparently be worn at different lengths), a necklace, and a coordinating bracelet. The pieces are set with white diamonds, yellow diamonds, and square-cut emeralds, which are set within a floral border of diamonds. Kate debuted them at a charity dinner in New York in 2014, and then wore them again at the BAFTAs in 2018 (pictured above).
This pair of earrings, which features an oak leaf stud and an acorn drop, was made by Robinson Pelham to coordinate with Kate’s wedding tiara. They were Kate’s wedding gift from her parents, and their design echoes the acorns on the Middleton coat of arms. She famously wore them on her wedding day, and she’s worn them on occasion since, including appearances on Garter Day in June 2016 (pictured above) and on Easter Sunday in April 2019.
27. The Dacre Brooch
Kate wears this incredible gem-set military brooch in her official capacity as Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets. The brooch is named in honor of the late Air Commodore G.B. Dacre and his wife, Elizabeth, who presented it to the Air Cadets in 1982. Until 2015, the brooch was presented to the best female Air Cadet of the year; like her male counterpart, the best female cadet now receives the Dacre Sword. Kate first wore the brooch at a service to mark the organization’s 75th anniversary in February 2016.
This modern pair of earrings, which has an equestrian theme courtesy its horseshoe and laurel wreath designs, originally belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Kate first wore them in public for the BAFTAs in February 2019, though she chose to use a different pearl drop with them than Diana had.
The first brooch that the new Duchess of Cambridge wore publicly was the Irish Guards Brooch, a charming textured golden shamrock set with a single emerald. Kate has worn the brooch numerous times since, usually while handing out shamrocks to the Irish Guards on St. Patrick’s Day. Above, she wears the brooch for that event in 2012. She also wore the brooch during her visit to Northern Ireland in June 2016.