Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on Monday each selected pearls to mourn Queen Elizabeth II during her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Pearls are often referred to as mourning jewelry – a tradition believed to date back to Queen Victoria in the 19th century.
Camilla, Queen of the new King Charles III, meanwhile wore Queen Victoria’s Hesse Diamond Brooches – open heart-shaped diamonds, with two sapphire pendants.
This is accompanied by a pair of sapphire oval earrings surrounded by diamonds and a gold pendant necklace.
Catherine, wife of heir to the throne Prince William, chose the striking necklace and earring she wore just over a year ago for the funeral of Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Japanese necklace with four rows of pearls and a curved diamond clasp in the center was accompanied by a pair of Bahraini teardrop pearl earrings, both from the queen’s personal jewelry collection.
The Princess of Wales chose the same piece of jewelry for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary dinner in 2017.
It is believed that the necklace was commissioned by the queen using pearls given to her by the Japanese government after her first state visit to the country in 1975.
The earrings were made using two pieces from a collection of pearls presented to the queen as a wedding gift from Hakim of Bahrain in 1947.
Both were worn by William’s mother Princess Diana during a state visit by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1982, while the queen was pictured wearing them during her engagement in Bangladesh the following year.
Meghan opted for back-strap jewelry with a pair of pearl and diamond earrings given to her by the queen and she wore on her first joint engagement with the monarch in June 2018.
In a nod to the queen’s lifelong love of horses, Princess Charlotte, William and Catherine’s seven-year-old daughter, wore a small diamond horseshoe brooch that was a gift from her late great-grandmother.
The queen’s personal jewelry collection, from which many of the pieces of jewelry worn at Monday’s funeral, have gone down in royal history and contain more than 300 items including brooches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, watches and pendants.
The Princess of Wales was also seen wearing the queen’s diamond leaf brooch featuring a trio of pearls during her state procession on Wednesday.
Although the late queen’s will is private, it is thought the jewels will be passed on to members of the royal family, including the king’s four children and their spouses.
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