The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their Platinum Jubilee tour of the Caribbean this week with a visit to Jamaica, and Kate wore emeralds from the Queen for the first time! Here’s a look at all the jewelry she wore during the Jamaican leg of the trip.
The Duke and Duchess arrived at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Tuesday to begin their tour of Jamaica. Like Belize, Jamaica is currently a Commonwealth realm, with the Queen as head of state. There has been significant movement toward making Jamaica a republic for many years, something that has been reflected in the responses to the royals on this tour.
After an official welcome ceremony at the airport, the Cambridges called on the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen, and his wife, Patricia.
For the first engagements in Jamaica, Kate wore a bright yellow gown by Roksanda, pairing it with white and gold accessories.
These are the brand’s Celeste earrings, made of gold-plated metal with a mother-of-pearl inlay.
Kate also wore a gold bangle bracelet from a Jamaican designer, Lashawndla Bailey-Miller.
Next, the couple made a visit to Trench Town, where William played football with stars Raheem Sterling and Leon Bailey.
Trench Town is also considered to be the birthplace of reggae music, so there was a musical component to the visit, including tributes to local son Bob Marley.
William and Kate also met Jamaica’s famous bobsled team, and got to hop in the bobsled themselves.
For the Trench Town visit, Kate wore a gorgeous vintage dress from the 1950s. The dress was acquired from Willow Hilson Vintage, and Kate’s team appears to have altered the neckline using fabric from a coordinating wrap.
She also wore her Maria Black pearl drop earrings, which she previously wore during her recent visit to Copenhagen.
And she also wore the gold Lashawndla Bailey-Miller bangle bracelet again.
On Wednesday, the Cambridges met with Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, and his wife, Juliet, in Kingston.
They also made a stop at Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston, where Kate made a speech praising the crucial contributions that teachers make to the lives of children. The engagement fit in nicely with Kate’s work on the early years of childhood.
The couple also visited Spanish Town hospital, where they visited a neo-natal unit and spoke with members of staff.
For Wednesday’s daytime engagements, Kate wore a sharp white jacket and trousers from Alexander McQueen, paired with an orange blouse and white and orange accessories.
She wore the same Maria Black pearl drop earrings that she’d donned the day before.
On her right wrist, she stacked the Lashawndla Bailey-Miller bangle bracelet with a second beaded bracelet from the designer’s collection.
On Wednesday evening, the Cambridges made a glamorous appearance at a black-tie dinner hosted by the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, and Lady Allen.
The dinner was held at King’s House, the official residence of the Governor General of Jamaica.
For the dinner, the Duchess wore a dramatic green evening gown by Jenny Packham, made of tulle with sequin detailing.
The also wore the Queen’s Royal Family Order and the star of the Royal Victorian Order, plus two more pieces of jewelry loaned to her by the Queen for the occasion.
These striking modern earrings come from the Queen’s Modern Tassel Suite, which has been in her jewelry box since the late 1980s. The earrings feature diamonds and emeralds set in gold.
Kate also wore the set’s bracelet. (There’s a coordinating necklace as well, not worn on this occasion.) The Queen first wore the tassel suite in public in 1989 during a state visit from the President of the United Arab Emirates, so many have surmised that the jewels may have been a gift from the UAE. There’s been no official confirmation on the provenance of the jewels.
The Duchess wore even more royal jewelry on Thursday, when she and the Duke attended the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Kingston for service personnel from across the Caribbean.
Kate wore white for the parade: a white lace Alexander McQueen dress, a Philip Treacy hat, and white accessories.
She also wore a pair of earrings on loan from the Queen: diamond studs with pearl drops. The Queen wore the classic earrings during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977. They were later loaned to the Countess of Wessex, and since 2016, they’ve been worn by Kate.
Kate also wore a jewel from the collection of her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. This is Diana’s three-row pearl bracelet, made by Nigel Milne.
The couple’s final engagement of the Jamaican tour was the official departure ceremony at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Kate wore a green dress by Emilia Wickstead.
She accessorized with Kiki McDonough citrine earrings, plus a surprising royal jewel. The Doctor Bird Brooch, designed to represent Jamaica’s national bird (a rare form of hummingbird), was given to the Queen in 2002 to mark her Golden Jubilee.
Here’s a closer look at the Doctor Bird Brooch from the Royal Collection. The object notes from the Royal Collection state that the brooch can also be worn as a hat pin.
And that’s it for the Duke and Duchess’s visit to Jamaica! The couple continued on to the Bahamas on Thursday afternoon. We’ll continue our coverage of the jewels she wears there in the coming days.