William and Kate headed to Wales ahead of St. David’s Day this week, and Kate took the opportunity to dig deep into her jewelry box for a pair of retro royal earrings.
After spending the day in Cardiff at the Six Nations Rugby Match last weekend, the Prince and Princess of Wales were in south Wales on Tuesday for another series of royal engagements. They both wore daffodils, because their visit took place on the eve of St. David’s Day, the feast of Wales’s patron saint.
Many of Tuesday’s engagements were connected to community and mental health initiatives. In Pontyclun, the couple toured the Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre, which helps those dealing with addiction.
Kate planted Sweet William seeds (wink, wink) in a new therapy garden at the center, which is being developed with the support of the Royal Foundation.
In Port Talbot, the royal couple headed to the Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Centre, where they took part in a spin class demonstration.
Kate was victorious in the competition, earning a tiny little trophy to celebrate.
She also congratulated her husband on a good effort.
The couple met members of the public during a walkabout at the center. Kate was photographed chatting with a baby in an adorable red sweater and hat.
The couple also made a stop at the headquarters of the Welsh Air Ambulance charity in Llanelli. William is the organization’s new royal patron. It’s his first new Welsh patronage since becoming Prince of Wales, and it’s a natural choice, as he worked as an air ambulance pilot for several years.
The princess wore a cream and black ensemble for the visit. Her skirt was another houndstooth moment, following the red and white houndstooth coat she wore for the rugby match last weekend.
She looked way, way back in her jewelry archives for a pair of earrings to wear for Tuesday’s visit, opting for earrings that we first saw her wear more than a decade ago.
The earrings come from the jewelry firm Heavenly London, formerly known as Heavenly Necklaces. It specializes in sophisticated costume jewelry pieces. Both Kate and Sophie Wessex have been known to sport pieces from the brand. (In fact, Sophie owns and frequently wears her own pair of the same earrings from the company.)
Here’s a closer look at the earrings worn by Kate in Wales. They feature resin pearl drops suspended from diamond-like crystals bezel set in rhodium-plated sterling silver.
Here’s a look at the earrings as depicted on the brand’s website. The site nods to the fact that Kate has the earrings in her collection by simply calling them “the famous ones.” They currently retail for $112 USD.
We first saw Kate—then the Duchess of Cambridge—wearing the earrings as she toured the Buckingham Palace exhibition of her wedding dress and jewels in the summer of 2011.
Her most high-profile appearance in the earrings took place in June 2012, when she wore them for a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Just a few days later, she also wore them for the wedding of one of William’s cousins, Emily McCorquodale.
This week’s appearance marks the first time that Kate has worn the earrings in public since 2012. It’s so interesting to see her reaching for pieces that she favored more than a decade ago!
Stay tuned: we’ll be covering Kate’s St. David’s Day brooch appearance here on Sunday!