Princess of Wales Kate Middleton wears Diana's earrings to King's Coronation in nod to late mother-in-law

6 May 2023, 13:05 | Updated: 6 May 2023, 14:56

Smiling Kate pays homage to her mother-in-law
Smiling Kate pays homage to her mother-in-law. Picture: Getty

By Adam Solomons

The Princess of Wales wore a pair of Princess Diana's earrings and broke with tradition as she wore a headpiece instead of a tiara for the Coronation.

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Kate Middleton stunned coronation event-goers in a striking Alexander McQueen dress which she covered with regal red, white and blue gowns.

The Princess of Wales accompanied the statement outfit with a silver headpiece created by milliner Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen.

It's made with silver bullion, crystal and silver thread work plus three-dimensional leaf embroidery.

The piece is thought to allude to the crowns worn by Queen Elizabeth's maids of honour ahead at her 1953 coronation.

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Kate smiles during the procession back from Buckingham Palace
Kate smiles during the procession back from Buckingham Palace. Picture: Getty

However, in a sentimental nod to Princess Diana, Kate wore her mother-in-laws earring to the Coronation - previously worn to the BAFTA film awards four years ago.

Diana wore them to a banquet for the Japanese Emperor Akihito in 1990 and at a gala in the Palace of Versailles in 1994.

Meanwhile the glittering diamond festoon necklace belonged to the late Queen and was one of the monarch’s favourites in her lifetime.

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