When Kate Middleton debuted a mysterious new necklace at an event on Wednesday, eagle-eyed royal watchers were quick to speculate that the jewelry might not actually be so new—and that it might have ties to the late Princess Diana.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked sharp in her belted blue dress and nude heels at Buckingham Palace, holding an audience alongside the Duke with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and First Lady Olena Zelenska on behalf of the Queen. But it was the elegant sapphire and diamond pendant necklace, which matched her oft-worn sapphire earrings, that really pulled the look together.
Given the necklace's similarity to the earrings, it seems that Kate may have sourced the accessory's jewels from Princess Diana's famed sapphire suite. The Princess of Wales received the suite as a gift from the Saudi royal family as a wedding gift in 1981. She would wear the magnificent precious stones—designed to match her Garrard engagement ring, which would also one day become Kate's—in a variety of settings, including earrings, necklaces, and a very memorable headband.
Kate's drop sapphire earrings are confirmed to have come from the set, and it wouldn't at all be surprising if the Duchess went back to the suite to find jewels for a new design; the royal family has been refashioning old heirlooms into new ones for literal centuries.
The sapphire earrings, engagement ring, and now (maybe) necklace aren't the only pieces Kate inherited from her late mother-in-law, either. The Duchess's favored diamond and south sea pearl earrings, three-strand pearl bracelet, four-string pearl choker, and Collingwood pearl earrings can all be traced to Diana's jewelry box.
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