Kate Middleton Wears a Subtle Tribute to the Queen to See the Monarch Lie In State

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This morning, members of the royal family gathered as the late Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was carried by a gun carriage in a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. While some, like the Queen's four children, as well as Prince William and Prince Harry, followed the coffin through London, others, including Camilla, Queen Consort and Kate Middleton, traveled to the event by car.

While many of the working royals attended the event in military uniform in the Queen's honor, Kate paid homage to the beloved monarch with a sartorial choice of her own—a brooch from the Queen's collection.

Photo credit: MARCO BERTORELLO - Getty Images
Photo credit: MARCO BERTORELLO - Getty Images

The Diamond and Pearl Leaf Brooch, as the piece is known, features a triad of pearls set into a leafed branch of pave diamonds. It was first worn to a public event by the Queen on her 73rd birthday in Seoul, South Korea in 1999.

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Photo credit: Fiona Hanson - PA Images

Kate herself has worn the piece before—once to visit the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium in 2017, and again in 2018 for the annual Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall. On both occasions, Kate paired the brooch with poppies, a traditional British marker of remembrance for fallen soldiers. The military nod, combined with the theme of mourning and remembrance, appear to have been a sweet homage to the Queen's life of service, as well as the sadness of her loss.

Today's ceremony marks the end of a long, final journey for the Queen, whose coffin has traveled from Balmoral Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles' Cathedral to Buckingham Palace before finally arriving at Westminster, where she will lie in state until her funeral on Monday.

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