- For Prince Philip's funeral today, Kate Middleton paid homage to two important women in the royal family, the Queen and Princess Diana.
- Kate wore a Japanese pearl choker necklace from the Queen's personal collection for the somber occasion, a piece that both Queen Elizabeth and Kate's late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, have worn in the past.
- Diana notably wore the necklace in 1982 during a banquet that was part of the Dutch royal family's visit to the United Kingdom, while the Queen wore the piece multiple times, including to a 1995 dinner a in honor of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's 70th Birthday in London.
Kate Middleton is paying homage to several members of the royal family today.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a royal family heirloom to Prince Philip's funeral today—a Japanese peal choker necklace from the Queen's personal collection that has a long history among the women of the royal family.
The piece is one that the Queen actually loaned to Kate's mother-in-law, Princess Diana, back in 1982, when she wore it for a banquet that was given by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands during the Dutch royal family's visit to the United Kingdom. It was one of Diana's earliest royal engagements, and took place in November the year after her royal wedding to Prince Charles.
The Queen herself wore the necklace several times, including for an engagement in Bangladesh in November 1983 and to a 1995 dinner in honor of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's 70th Birthday in London.
Kate actually wore the necklace before herself, for the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary dinner at Windsor Castle in 2017.
For the funeral, Kate also wore a black Roland Mouret dress with an asymmetrical neckline that reportedly cost £1,605. According to the Daily Mail, it was the same dress she wore for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in 2018.