Every time Kate, Princess of Wales has worn Bahraini pearl earrings to public engagements

The pearls were originally a wedding gift for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947

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The Princess of Wales is known for making considered style choices, honouring people and places through her sartorial choices. The Festival of Remembrance on Saturday was no exception.

The British royal chose to wear the Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop Earrings, which are made with two Bahraini pearls and were loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II in the past.

The festival is dedicated to all those who have "served and sacrificed from Britain and the Commonwealth". This year, the memory of the queen was also celebrated.

Kate, Princess of Wales and William, Prince of Wales attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance. AFP

The earrings the princess chose to wear each feature one brilliant-cut round diamond, four small round diamonds and three baguette-cut diamonds, with the Bahraini pearl dangling below. The pearls are from a selection of seven given to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in a shell for their wedding in 1947 by Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

Significantly, Kate wore the earrings to both the queen's funeral in September and to Prince Philip's in April last year. For the festival, she also chose to wear the same four-row Japanese pearl choker necklace, also from the royal collection, that she wore to both funerals.

She has worn the earrings on a several occasions since 2016, when she was first lent them by the queen to wear on Remembrance Sunday. The year before, the queen wore the pieces to attend the Festival of Remembrance.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Bahrani pearl earrings, with Prince William at the annual Festival of Remembrance in November 2015. Reuters

In the years since, the Princess of Wales, then Duchess of Cambridge, has worn the earrings to attend Royal Ascot in 2017, to church in Balmoral in the summer of 2018 and for the 2019 Trooping the Colour.

Aside from periods of mourning and funerals, Remembrance Sunday is the only time British royals typically will wear black outfits. As pearls are worn as mourning jewellery in British royal custom, she wore them in later in 2019 on Remembrance Sunday.

The practice of wearing pearls as mourning jewellery dates back to Queen Victoria, who only wore pearl and black jewellery after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861.

Updated: November 15, 2022, 2:19 PM
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