It’s going to be quite some time before I fully recover from the jewelry bonanza we were treated to yesterday! Even now, we’re getting better and better views of many of the tiaras and jewels worn during Thursday’s royal wedding celebrations in Jordan. Today, I’ve got a closer look at the jewels worn by the Princess of Wales for the ceremony and banquet.
Prince William and Princess Catherine were a surprise late addition to the royal guest list for the wedding. (Their attendance wasn’t publicized ahead of time for security reasons, apparently.) Kate must have been thrilled at the opportunity to return to Amman. She spent several years of her childhood living with her family in Jordan, and she and William have returned there for holidays with their children. Kate’s mother and sister, Carole Middleton and Pippa Matthews, were also among the guests who attended Thursday’s wedding celebrations.
William and Kate were greeted by King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on their arrival at Zahran Palace in Amman for the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein and Rajwa Al-Saif.
For the wedding ceremony, Kate wore a blush pink gown made by Elie Saab, who also made the bride’s dress for the ceremony.
Kate accessorized with a pair of pink-hued statement earrings that have been in her jewelry box for more than a decade. She wore them for a charity fundraising gala at St. James’s Palace in 2011, and in 2017, she wore them for a glamorous appearance at the BAFTAs.
The rosy theme continued for Kate at Thursday evening’s wedding banquet, which was held at Al Husseiniya Palace.
William and Kate chatted again with King Abdullah and Queen Rania on their arrival at the banquet, as well as Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa.
For the banquet, Kate sparkled in a pink sequin gown by Jenny Packham. She pinned the Royal Family Order of the late Queen Elizabeth II, plus the sash and star of the Royal Victorian Order, to the dress for the formal dinner. She secured the order sash with the vintage diamond brooch that she’s been wearing regularly since last November.
If the dress looks familiar, that’s probably because Kate has worn it on a previous occasion—but in a different color. She wore a dark green version of the gown during a visit to Pakistan in 2019.
She accessorized with a familiar tiara—Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara—that has been on loan to her for several years. The tiara, made more than a century ago, features pearl drops suspended from diamond lover’s knots. Queen Mary had it made as a copy of another family tiara, the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, that she particularly liked. It was later worn by Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, and it’s become a firm favorite of the current Princess of Wales.
The most exciting part of Kate’s bejeweled ensemble, however, was a new-to-her pair of earrings. For the first time, she wore the Greville Chandelier Earrings, which were favorites of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The earrings were made by Cartier for Dame Margaret Greville in the 1920s. They feature an impressive range of different cuts of diamonds, showing off the workmanship of the firm. Mrs. Greville bequeathed them to the Queen Mother in 1942, and in 1947, she gave them to Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present. Now, they’re being worn by the new Princess of Wales. Don’t you just love seeing diamonds drip slowly out of the vaults again?