The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in Boston on Wednesday evening ahead of this year’s Earthshot Prize awards ceremony, and Catherine brought a pair of familiar royal heirloom earrings along with her.
The plane carrying William and Kate touched down at Boston’s Logan Airport on Wednesday. The couple were embarking on a three-day visit to Boston, which will feature numerous engagements focused on the environment and climate change. The trip will culminate on Friday with the second annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.
Both William and Kate were dressed for business on their arrival in America, coordinating in navy blue. The couple were greeted at the airport by Charlie Baker, the Governor of Massachusetts.
With her trouser suit and turtleneck sweater, Kate wore a pair of earrings that picked up the outfit’s deep navy blue color.
Longtime royal watchers will recognize these immediately. The diamond and cabochon sapphire earrings, with a stud and drop design, come from the collection of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana loved sapphires, and she wore these classic earrings frequently. Here, in 1991, she pairs them with her famous pearl choker necklace with its large sapphire and diamond clasp.
She also famously wore the earrings with the same necklace in November 1985 for a dinner at the White House. (It was the night of the Travolta dance!)
Here’s one more look at Kate wearing the earrings on her arrival to Boston.
Next, the couple traveled to the heart of the city for a welcome event at Boston’s city hall. There, they met with Governor-Elect Maura Healey and Mayor Michelle Wu. The mayor was joined by her husband, Conor Pewarski, and their two sons.
Kate changed into a second ensemble for the city hall kickoff event, wearing a tartan-print dress from Burberry with dark green accessories. She later also added an Alexander McQueen coat in a deep shade of forest green.
Kate changed her jewelry for this second appearance as well, wearing a new pair of earrings from the brand Shyla London. The earrings are the company’s Chunky Knot Baroque Pearl Earrings, which retail for £72.
Here’s a closer look at the earrings, which are made of gold-plated silver. The choice of this particular brand was a nod to the mission of the Earthshot Prize, as the company has a focus on sustainability. Their website notes, “In a world of fast fashion, consumerism is turning the planet into a sweat shop haven while simultaneously polluting and contributing immensely to climate change. However, by choosing well and buying less you can begin to make a huge difference. Even our beautiful packaging is made from recycled material. We pride ourselves on being ethically motivated.”
Here’s one more look at Kate wearing the earrings at city hall. There will be several more engagements for the prince and princess over the next two days, and I’m especially looking forward to seeing which jewels she chooses for the awards ceremony on Friday evening.