All That Glitters: The Duchess’s Loaned Earrings


Right now we’ve Half Three of our collection trying on the jewellery loaned to the Duchess by HM; the main target on this report is on earrings. We first noticed the Duchess in earrings loaned to her by The Queen on the BAFTA gala in Los Angeles in the course of the couple’s first abroad tour.

The palace confirmed on that journey that they have been a mortgage from the Queen.  They have been subsequent famous when the Cambridges attended the Queen’s 2013 Diplomatic Reception. 

The Duchess wore the earing to her first state dinner in October 2015.  

And only a few months later for the 2015 Diplomatic Reception.

The specialists at Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault describe them as having “three skinny strands of spherical and baguette diamonds supporting a big pear-shaped diamond pendant and a diamond arc under; on the very backside rests a fringe of three further strands of spherical and baguette diamonds.”

They have been worn once more for an EACH fundraiser in June 2016

Extra concerning the earrings through this submit by Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault, which factors out the earrings weren’t publicly seen earlier than the 2011 BAFTA occasion.   

Neither The Queen nor some other royal girl is thought to have worn these earrings in public previous to that event, however that’s not completely uncommon; as we’ve seen right here, items can go unworn within the royal assortment for many years at a time if they aren’t in favor with their royal proprietor. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mom appeared particularly liable to this, and I do marvel if these earrings have been in her assortment earlier than passing to The Queen and being loaned to The Duchess (purely my hypothesis).

Regardless, they now have a first-rate showcase on The Duchess of Cambridge. They’re common decisions for “main occasion” earrings, to be used with tiaras and sometimes at different night occasions, and she or he wears them properly.

The earrings have been seen at a March 2017 black-tie dinner in Paris and in addition for the 2017 Royal Selection Efficiency (proven under).

The Duchess paired them with a much-loved Jenny Packham night robe for the 2018 Tusk Conservation Awards

The earrings have been worn for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration on the Royal Windsor Horse Present. Most just lately, we noticed the sparklers at a Royal Basis fundraiser this February, accenting a costume by Eponine London.

Here’s a nearer view of the earrings as worn to the EACH profit, the Tusk Awards, and the Paris dinner.

Our subsequent pair of earrings has solely been worn a couple of occasions.

We’re speaking concerning the Queen Mom’s Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, first worn with an Erdem robe for the 2015 100 Ladies in Hedge Funds dinner.

 The sapphire and diamond drops initially belonged to the Queen Mom. Extra from Her Majesty’s Jewel Chest, referencing The Queen Mom:

…when it got here to earrings, she had her favorites and didn’t do a lot branching out. She did, nevertheless, have these earrings, which have been hardly ever worn. They embody sapphires surrounded by diamonds with a fringe of diamonds and small sapphires suspended under. Like many items in her assortment, their historical past is unknown.

Together with the remainder of The Queen Mom’s jewels, we will assume these earrings have been inherited by The Queen in 2002. The Queen, who has loads of sapphire choices in her personal vault, has by no means worn them publicly.

The Duchess wore the earrings once more to the June 2019 state dinner with the USA

Subsequent, a pair seen often on the Duchess; they look like a long-term mortgage. The Duchess first wore them for a 2016 Place2Be operate, pairing them with a Preen costume.

We’re referring to HM’s Diamond Body Earrings. Under, HM sporting the earrings for Order of the Garter in 2013.

The Duchess paired them with an Alexander McQueen night robe for a 2018 black-tie dinner in Oslo

She additionally wore them for July 2018 occasions marking the RAF’s 100th anniversary.  

We study extra about them from The Court docket Jeweller

The pair incorporates a cluster stud with a floral motif, from which a pendant of 4 graduating diamonds is suspended. The pendant is surrounded by a diamond body. 

A view of HM sporting the earrings for the State Opening of Parliament in 2012; Kate is proven sporting them to the Place2Be operate. ©Nunn Syndication, Polaris / Nunn Syndication, Polaris

They have been worn for an Anna Freude Centre gala in 2017

The earrings have been seen once more on the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. 

Most just lately, the Duchess wore them to a December 2019 NATO reception at Buckingham Palace, seen under left; they have been additionally a part of her ensemble on the 2016 Diplomatic Reception (C) and Trooping the Color in June 2016 (R). 

The subsequent shiny, shimmering subject: the Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop earrings, so-called as a result of the pearls used for the earrings have been a marriage present to Princess Elizabeth for her wedding ceremony. The Duchess first wore them for Remembrance Sunday in November 2016.

Then once more at Royal Ascot in June 2017.

Extra details about them comes through Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault:

One of many wedding ceremony items acquired by Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947 was a pearl shell containing seven giant pearls from the ruler of Bahrain on the time. Based on the Royal Assortment, two of those pearls have been used not lengthy after to create this pair of earrings.

The earrings every include one giant spherical diamond and 4 smaller ones, three baguette diamonds, and a Bahrain pearl dangling under.

Right here you see HM sporting the earrings on the Competition of Remembrance in 2015.

The Duchess sporting them when she accompanied HM to church at Balmoral in August 2018

And likewise for Trooping the Color 2019.


We now transfer to a pair of earrings loaned to the Duchess that we’ve solely seen her put on one time. You see Kate in them on the 2019 Diplomatic Reception

These photographs supply a greater view of the glittering chandelier-style earrings.  The Duchess additionally wore the Queen’s Nizam of Hyderabad necklace to the reception.

The earrings are a part of a demi-parure, matched jewellery items which are a part of a set (a full parure typically features a necklace, earrings, brooch, bracelet, and generally a hoop, all of them matching). The earrings are a part of the ‘Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure,’ a necklace and earring set worn with some frequency by HM. Her Majesty’s Jewel Chest notes, “A matched set of a necklace and a pair of earrings, this demi-parure is made from diamonds in a number of intricate pendants, every tipped with a pear-shaped diamond drop.” The Countess of Wessex wore the earrings and necklace for the United States state dinner

Our subsequent pair of earrings: the Silver Jubilee Diamond and Pearl Earrings. They have been first seen on the Duchess throughout the 2016 Canada tour.

The Queen has a number of pairs of discreet diamond-and-pearl earrings that she wears within the daytime. Nevertheless, for the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, she donned earrings with a distinctly bigger drop pearl. After that, nobody noticed them in public. However in 2016, Kate borrowed them for 2 abroad journeys, first to Canada after which to the Netherlands.

It appeared like they have been loaned to Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, for a 2012 journey to Luxembourg, in response to the fab of us at Majesty’s Jewel Chest. Under, the Duchess sporting them to Christmas Day church service in 2016 and the Duke of Westminster’s memorial service, additionally in 2016.

A more in-depth take a look at the earrings, showcasing a round diamond atop a pearl.  

This can be a pair we see the Duchess sporting very often.  Under, you see Kate wore the earrings for a 2017 service at Westminster Abbey (L); when leaving the Lindo Wing with Prince Louis in April 2018; and at 2017 Easter Sunday companies in Windsor.   

Most just lately, the Duchess wore the earrings to final November’s Competition of Remembrance

And that wraps up our take a look at the loaned earrings worn by the Duchess. 

In case you missed earlier reviews, Half One centered on Kate’s Borrowed Brooches

Half Two lined the Borrowed Bracelets worn by the Duchess

Do you’ve got a desire for what comes subsequent, tiaras or necklaces? 

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