Coronation weekend has arrived, everyone! The Princess of Wales began the festivities on Friday by wearing a pair of earrings from the collection of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The Prince and Princess of Wales joined members of the royal family at a luncheon at Buckingham Palace on Friday for Prime Ministers and Governors General of the Commonwealth Realm nations.
After the reception, the couple headed out to the Mall to greet the members of the public who are already camped out ahead of tomorrow’s coronation.
Here’s William doing a bit of handshaking.
The couple were also joined on the walkabout by the man of the hour, King Charles III.
Kate wore black and white for the palace luncheon, accessorized with diamonds and pearls.
Peeking out from her bouncy blowout are the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings.
The earrings, which feature pearl drops suspended from diamonds, were loaned to Kate by the late Queen during her reign.
The pearls themselves were wedding gifts to the then-Princess Elizabeth from the Hakim of Bahrain in November 1947. Above, she wears them in Winnipeg during the 1951 tour of Canada, paired with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara and the City of London Fringe Necklace.
Queen Elizabeth II wore the earrings throughout her reign, sometimes pairing them with the necklace and bracelet from the Japanese Pearl Suite.
She also loaned the earrings to other members of the royal family, including the present Duchess of Edinburgh and Diana, Princess of Wales (who wore them with the Lover’s Knot Tiara, the Japanese Pearl Necklace, and her own large sapphire and diamond cluster brooch).
Kate has been the exclusive wearer of the earrings since 2016. Here, she wears them at Royal Ascot in June 2017.
Kate memorably wore the earrings (and the Japanese Pearls) for the funerals of both Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II in 2021 and 2022.
Here’s one more look at Kate wearing the earrings today in London.