We’ve got another Princess of Wales necklace dispatch this afternoon, featuring a gold and lapis lazuli piece that has become one of her favorite jewels in recent years.
The Prince and Princess of Wales headed to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London today to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Coach Core, a sports program that was developed by their Royal Foundation.
Inside the Copper Box Arena, they visited with staff from the program, which was begun in 2012 in the wake of the London Olympic Games and the unrest experienced by Londoners the previous year. The official royal website notes that Coach Core aims to “improve the quality and availability of sports coaching and mentoring in inner city schools, by training young people to provide these services in their own communities.” Previously run under the umbrella of the Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the program saw such success that it was launched as its own independent charity in 2020.
At the arena, William and Kate both joined in the fun, participating in some of the sports activities being demonstrated. Here’s Kate playing a bit of indoor boccia, a shorter-range variant of bocce that was developed for players with disabilities.
Prince William put on a pair of boxing gloves to participate in a training exercise at the arena, too.
For the event, Kate wore clothing that allowed her to move easily, as she often does for sports-related engagements. She paired a vintage ’90s Chanel jacket in a vibrant shade of royal blue with black trousers for the occasion.
As usual, she also kept her jewelry minimal for the active event. Her earrings were her Spells of Love gold twist hoops, previously worn for other sporty occasions, including a sailing regatta in the Bahamas in March 2022.
She also wore a necklace that has become a fast favorite over the last two years: the Round Stilla Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace from Astley Clarke. (I can’t blame her—I have a major soft spot for lapis lazuli, too.) The necklace, made of yellow gold-plated sterling silver, was first spotted on Kate during several virtual engagements in early 2021.
She’s worn the necklace for several notable appearances over the past year and a half. In June 2021, she layered the necklace with a Spells of Love chain for the launch of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood at Kensington Palace.
In July 2021, she wore the necklace with a major pair of red statement earrings as she joined William and Prince George for the Euro 2020 finals at Wembley.
In February 2022, she wore the necklace for a stop at Parents and Children Together (PACT) in south London, where she met volunteers and attendees of the weekly MumSpace group.
And most recently, we saw her wear the necklace in Manchester for the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial. On that occasion, she also wore a pair of sentimental bee earrings, a nod to a traditional symbol of the city.
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