On Sunday, the Prince and Princess of Wales will make their first appearance at the British Academy Film Awards in several years. Ahead of their red carpet moment, let’s look back at the gala jewels that Kate has worn at the BAFTAs since joining the royal family.
Kate’s first BAFTA red carpet moment was in July 2011, during the couple’s post-wedding visit to the United States. The then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a special BAFTA event in Los Angeles, with Kate wearing an evening gown by Alexander McQueen.
With the dress, Kate wore diamond chandelier earrings loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II, plus a diamond bracelet with a cluster design. The bracelet is believed to be one of Kate’s wedding gifts, possibly from her father-in-law. It’s part of a set that also includes a pair of matching earrings, and possibly a coordinating ring.
Kate made her first appearance at the BAFTAs, the academy’s annual awards ceremony in London, in February 2017. She wore an off-the-shoulder gown, again by Alexander McQueen for the event.
She wore a major pair of statement earrings set with large pink gemstones with the gown.
A piece of royal heirloom jewelry finished off the look: the Edinburgh Wedding Bracelet, another loan from Queen Elizabeth II. The bracelet was the Duke of Edinburgh’s wedding present to the late Queen in 1947. It’s set with diamonds taken from a tiara that belonged to his mother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark.
Sparkling jewels were the focus of Kate’s ensemble for the BAFTAs in February 2018. She paired major diamonds and emeralds with an evening gown by Jenny Packham. (She was expecting Prince Louis, who was born in April 2018.)
For the awards ceremony, Kate wore pieces from her modern set of diamond and emerald jewelry, which many have speculated was a wedding gift. Here’s a good look at the necklace from the set, which features a long central pendant.
She also wore the earrings from the suite in their cluster stud setting, as well as the set’s bracelet.
In February 2019, Kate arrived for the BAFTAs wearing a gorgeous Grecian-inspired evening gown by Alexander McQueen.
Her earrings, though, were the talk of the evening. The diamond and pearl drop earrings, which feature horseshoes and laurel leaves in their design, originally belonged to her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. Kate put a new twist on the earrings, swapping out the rounder pearl drop that Diana usually wore with the earrings in favor of a more streamlined, pear-shaped pearl drop that also comes from Diana’s jewelry collection.
On her right wrist, Kate wore the Queen Mother’s Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet, another loan from Queen Elizabeth II.
William and Kate’s most recent appearance at the BAFTAs was in February 2020. She wore a reworked version of an evening gown that had been in her closet for nearly a decade: an Alexander McQueen dress first worn in Malaysia during the Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012.
She accessorized with a necklace and matching earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels. The jewels, made of mother-of-pearl set in gold, come from the company’s Magic Alhambra range.
Kate also wore a cocktail ring set with a large citrine on her right hand, coordinating with the gold tones of the dress.
If you could dream up a jewelry look for Kate to wear at Sunday’s awards ceremony, what pieces would you choose?