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Kate Middleton Borrowed This Diamond Bracelet From The Queen

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When it comes to her jewellery choices, Kate Middleton is certainly an advocate of keeping it in the family – and with Queen Elizabeth II’s extensive jewellery archive at her disposal, who can blame her?

Earlier this week, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner in aid of one of her personal causes, the Anna Freud Centre. For the event, which was hosted at Kensington Palace, Kate paired her black lace dress by Diane von Furstenberg (a style which she first wore when expecting Princess Charlotte back in 2014) with a chunky diamond cuff.

Upon closer inspection, People magazine revealed the bracelet in question to be the Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet. This piece of jewellery holds a particular emotional significance for Her Majesty, as it once belonged to the Queen Mother, and was handed down to the monarch ‘as part of a vast collection of jewellery given to the Queen after her mother’s death in 2002’ (per People).

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The bracelet, which boasts a number of intricate ‘quatrefoil’ motifs, can be seen in photos of the Queen Mother taken in 1958; the Queen, meanwhile, wore it over white gloves while opening Parliament in 2010.

Kate teamed the bracelet with the Diamond Pendant earrings, which also come from the royal jewellery collection. The Duchess has loaned the statement pieces from the Queen before, and was most recently seen sporting them for this year’s Trooping the Colour celebrations.

Indeed, Kate regularly loans dramatic jewels from her grandmother-in-law for special occasions (if only the rest of us were so lucky…), a tradition which many royal commentators see as indicative of the monarch’s high regard for the Duchess.

For lower-key public appearances, the Duchess is rarely seen without her blue sapphire engagement ring, a piece which holds particular sentimental value due to its association with the late Princess of Wales. When Prince William announced his engagement to Kate back in 2010, he told the press: ‘Obviously, [my mother]’s not going to be around to share in any of the fun and excitement of it all, so this is my way of keeping her sort of close to it.

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