Jewellery tributes to Prince Philip: Kate Middleton wears Queen's Bahraini pearls to funeral

While the focus was not on fashion, a number of touching tributes were made to the Duke of Edinburgh through style choices

The British royal family came together on Saturday to give Prince Philip a fitting farewell, a celebration of his 99 years while mourning his death.

For the funeral, which took place at Windsor Castle, 30 family members arrived, all dressed in black, the colour associated with mourning.

The focus was certainly not on fashion, however, like many royal occasions, there were poignant tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh made through a number of the sartorial choices on the day.

Duchess of Cambridge's Bahraini pearls 

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stands at the Galilee Porch of St George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pearl necklace and earrings with her custom black Catherine Walker coat.

Both items were loaned to the duchess by Queen Elizabeth II. The four-row pearl choker was a gift from the Japanese government, and the monarch has worn it in the past. It was also loaned to Princess Diana for a banquet in November 1982.

Most touchingly, the earrings feature Bahraini pearls, which were gifted to the queen by the Hakim of Bahrain when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

The Princess of Wales at a banquet for the British royal family given by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands at Hampton Court Palace. The Princess wears the sash of the House Order of Orange, presented to her by Queen Beatrix. PA Images via Reuters

The queen, then Princess Elizabeth, was given seven large pearls as a wedding present, two of which were turned into the earrings sported by the duchess.

They are drop earrings, each with a large diamond stud, suspended with four smaller diamonds and three baguette diamonds, with the pearl at the bottom. They, too, were worn by Princess Diana in the past.

Queen Elizabeth II's brooch 

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Queen Elizabeth II watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh into St George’s Chapel by the pallbearers during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Yui Mok-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II's choice of brooch for the ceremony had a poignant history.

Named pearl-drop Richmond Brooch, it was a wedding present given to the queen's grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1893 from the town of Richmond, located in Greater London.

It features a large round centre pearl, with a detachable pear-shaped pearl drop.

In 1953, the queen inherited a number of her grandmother's pieces of jewellery. She has been known to wear it both with and without the pearl drop.

For Prince Philip's funeral, she wore it without the detachable pear-shaped pearl.

Duchess of Cornwall's commemorative brooch

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, paid tribute to her father-in-law with a commemorative brooch.

She wore the Bugle Horn brooch of The Rifles on the lapel of her black coat, which commemorates the regiment the Duke of Edinburgh was associated with for 70 years.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The Duchess of Cornwall waits for the arrival of the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during his funeral service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

In July, the duchess took on the role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles, which was transferred to her following the retirement of Prince Philip.

She wore the same brooch for the official photos she took, marking her new role in November 2020.

According to Clarence House, the silver Bugle Horn is "central to the heritage of the Regiment and every Rifleman wears a silver bugle as their cap badge".