Princess Kate, Princess of Wales paid a touching but subtle tribute to her late mother-in-law at the King’s Coronation by wearing a pair of pearl and diamond earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana. In comparisons made between pictures of the two women, some claimed that Kate had worn the earrings the «wrong way round» in a rare fashion mishap for the princess, however, one royal commentator believes it was not a «mistake» but rather a sign of Kate «taking a new direction».
A Buckingham Palace source says Princess Kate «appreciates the history» of her role but wanted to «create her own path».
The Collingwood jewels were gifted to Diana ahead of her wedding to then-Prince Charles in 1981, with Kate inheriting them after her marriage to Prince William.
Some initially believed they were the same earrings worn by Diana with her infamous ‘revenge dress’ outfit, however, this claim has since been dismissed.
Diana did wear the earrings to a fundraising dinner in Sydney in 1996, and was snapped in them at a Gala dinner held by The American Red Cross and while on a tour of Korea.
For Saturday’s ceremony, Kate was dressed in a custom-made ivory Alexander McQueen gown, embroidered with a rose, shamrock, thistle and daffodil to commemorate the UK’s four nations.
Over the top, she wore blue and scarlet robes, the Royal Victorian Mantle, which obscured most of her dress for the Coronation service.
She teamed it with the George VI Festoon necklace, which was gifted to the late Queen Elizabeth in 1950 when she was still Princess Elizabeth.
Her look was completed with a Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen headpiece with silver bullion, crystal and silver threadwork three-dimensional leaf embroidery.
Kate and William’s daughter Princess Charlotte’s headband matched her mother’s, with the little princess also dressed head to toe in white.
Neither Kate nor Charlotte had an official role to play in the Coronation, however, the little royal was reportedly tasked with keeping her little brother Prince Louis in line.
The two were also snapped sweetly walking hand in hand as they entered the Abbey for the ceremony.
Both royal children behaved impeccably during the two hour service, but Charlotte could later be seen giggling at her brother’s antics when the family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the flypast.
Louis was pictured pulling faces on the balcony and even drumming along with his fists as the planes flew overhead while the crowds on the Mall cheered.
Their big brother Prince George served as one of the King’s Pages of Honour during the Coronation, helping to carry the monarch’s robes into the Abbey.
He was dressed in a smart red uniform alongside his fellow Pages, who were all close friends and family members of the royals.