Kate Middleton news: Princess Diana’s earrings given to royal before wedding as ‘send off’
Members of the Royal Family have many valuable, and often sentimental, jewels in their collection. Kate Middleton has been known to wear many pieces which once belonged to her mother-in-law Princess Diana.
For example, the mother-of-three has regularly sported a pair of pearl drop earrings during special occasions.
The timeless jewels first entered the Royal Family when they were given to Princess Diana as a “sending off” gift before her wedding.
They were gifted to the royal by her family’s jewellery, according to Alexandra Michell, Gemologist at Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn.
She told Express.co.uk: “Another wedding gift to Princess Diana, these pearl earrings were given to her a month before her wedding day by Collingwood Jewellers, the family jewellers of the Spencer Family, and worn as part of her sending-off outfit.”
Princess Diana accessorised with the pearl earrings a number of times over the years, both dressing them up and down.
“She wore them over a dozen times either dressed up or down, and they have been worn as many times by Kate to official functions,” Alexandra continued.
“A double diamond drop precedes the open-worked diamond setting from which large pear-shaped pearls are suspended.”
While the timeless jewels have remained in the hands of the royals, the expert suggested they could sell for a huge amount of money.
“Fast forward to Kate’s sapphire earrings, it is believed that of one of these pairs of earrings which Diana had, a part of them was remodelled into a pair of single diamond topped sapphire and diamond cluster earrings.
“Hanging from shepherd’s hooks, the round cut single diamonds look to be about 0.30cts each, with nine slightly larger 0.40cts diamonds on each earring surrounding approximately 5ct each oval cut sapphires, most likely of Kashmir origin.”
The earrings match Kate’s engagement ring and could also be worth a huge sum of money.
“These make a regular appearance in Kate’s rotating jewellery collection, most certainly as they go perfectly, and as intended, with her engagement ring. I estimate these to fetch at auction in excess of £200,000,” Alexandra added.
The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.