Princess Kate Finally Shows Off Late Queen's £2.4m Necklace She Wore For Coronation
Now, Princess Kate finally shows off late queen's £2.4m necklace. We can delve into the details now that we've had time to recover and reset following King Charles III's coronation and the magnificent 'fits that followed.
As we all know, the Princess of Wales supported Alexander McQueen for the grandiose day, but did you notice her jewelry?
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The mother-of-three was set to wear The Queen's George VI Festoon Diamonds Necklace in respect to Queen Elizabeth II, according to The Mirror. Sarah Burton, Creative Director of the Kering-owned business, and her design team created the sparkling piece to contrast the lovely ivory silk gown.
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The stunning gown included silver bullion and threadwork embroidery with rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock motifs to represent the UK's four nations.
The late Queen's beautiful George VI Festoon Necklace, which comprises three strands of large diamonds, added a melancholy touch to the extremely important ensemble.
The king sported the necklace, however, only for the official coronation photos, not for the crowning ritual. In addition, the Princess wore Princess Diana's pearl and diamond earrings, which she paired with Gianvito Rossi silk heels.
George VI commissioned Queen Elizabeth II's George VI Festoon Necklace for his daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1950.
The standout item, estimated to be valued at £2.4 million by Steven Stone, is a three-strand diamond creation incorporating 105 loose collet-set diamonds from the royal vault into a necklace, which was incorporated into the crown collection by his mother, Queen Mary.
The Mirror explained why Princes Kate did not wear the item to the actual coronation:
We don't know exactly what happened, but it may have been removed in order not to overwhelm her Royal Victorian Order mantle edged in scarlet that was topped with a silver bullion, crystal, and silver thread work three-dimensional leaf embroidery headpiece by Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen.
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While the necklace may have overburdened her coronation gown, Princess Kate made sure the tunning item appeared in the official coronation images taken by Hugo Burnand at Buckingham Palace.
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On closer scrutiny, the neckline of Kate's gown appears to be radically different in the new shot, with the coronation gown's high neck replaced by a more sophisticated, delicate V shape.
The sartorial adjustment perplexed royal enthusiasts, who took to Twitter to explore the discrepancies. The general agreement appears to be that Princess Kate, like her mini-me daughter Princess Charlotte, was wearing a cape, which she removed for the post-coronation photographs.
Others thought the dress was absolutely different and suggested that Alexander McQueen had custom-made two gowns for the occasion.