The Princess of Wales wore the Queen’s delicate earrings at Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales paid tribute to the Queen last night by wearing a pair of her earrings, it seems.

Kate, 40, donned a simple pair of pearl and diamond earrings as she joined husband Prince William and other royals including King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to receive the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace.

The earrings are believed to be a stylish pair that the princess has worn on a number of occasions, including the day she left hospital following the birth of Prince Louis.

Kate also chose them for a day of engagements in the Netherlands in 2016, her first official solo visit abroad without Prince William.

They are believed to have previously belonged to the Queen, with Her Majesty wearing them to a number of events over the years.

The Queen is known to be generous with her private jewelry collection and has passed down tiaras, earrings and necklaces to family members.

Kate, 40, donned a simple pair of pearl and diamond earrings as she joined husband Prince William and other royals including King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to receive the Queen's coffin at Buckingham Palace.  They are believed to have previously belonged to the Queen, with Her Majesty wearing them to a number of events over the years.  Pictured is the Queen wearing the earrings in 1977

The Princess of Wales last night

Kate, 40, donned a simple pair of pearl and diamond earrings as she joined husband Prince William and other royals including King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to receive the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace. They are believed to have previously belonged to the Queen, with Her Majesty wearing them to a number of events over the years. Pictured is the Queen wearing the earrings in 1977 (left) and the Princess of Wales last night (right)

The Princess of Wales also wore a pearl necklace – an unusual choice of jewelery for Her Royal Highness which was interpreted by royal fans as a nod to the Queen, who was rarely seen without hers.

Arseiny Budrevich, founder of Budrevich Fine Jewelery Studio, said Express.co.uk that members of the royal family, notably Queen Elizabeth, loved pearls because they “represent the aristocratic virtues of liberality, magnificence and generosity”, and that they “symbolize purity and chastity” .

“Pearls have been associated with class, elegance and sophistication since the Ptolemaic dynasty in ancient Egypt, where the royal family wore pearls to show their status,” he added.

“This tradition was then passed on through the Holy Roman Empire to the French monarchs who brought it into fashion in the Middle Ages, where it was then dispersed across Europe. It was then that the British Empire took over the style.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will join the Royal Family in paying their respects to the Queen today at the funeral procession in central London.

The Princess of Wales also wore a pearl necklace - an unusual choice of jewelery for Her Royal Highness which was interpreted by royal fans as a nod to the Queen, who was rarely seen without hers.

The Princess of Wales also wore a pearl necklace – an unusual choice of jewelery for Her Royal Highness which was interpreted by royal fans as a nod to the Queen, who was rarely seen without hers.

The Queen was rarely seen without her pearls, leading royal fans to believe Kate was paying tribute with her jewelry.

The queen with her pearls in 2017

The Queen was rarely seen without her pearls, leading royal fans to believe Kate was paying tribute with her jewelry. Pictured is the Queen with her pearls in 2011 (left) and 2017 (right)

The King was pictured arriving at the palace after leaving Clarence House, hours before Prince William and Prince Harry put their feud aside and supported their father by walking with him behind the coffin.

The Royal Family will accompany their matriarch on foot on the journey to Westminster Hall this afternoon where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects after queuing for hours.

Charles, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex, along with the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, will be part of the procession. Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, and her husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, will also walk behind the procession, along with the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Sussex will travel by car. The motorcade will leave the palace at 2:22 p.m. and is expected to arrive at Westminster Hall at 3 p.m.

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrived at Buckingham Palace last night, before receiving the Queen's coffin

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrived at Buckingham Palace last night, before receiving the Queen’s coffin

The car carrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex heading to Buckingham Palace

The car carrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex heading to Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty spent her final night in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace before being transported by cannon carriage to Westminster Hall – the former heart of Parliament – where she will remain in state for four days until her funeral Monday.

More than a million people are expected to queue in central London for up to 35 hours to pass his coffin – but experts believe only 400,000 will make it inside, meaning 600,000 people will be disappointed .

The Queen arrived at Buckingham Palace last night to tears and cheers from the huge crowd who stood in the pouring rain to welcome her home following her death at Balmoral last Thursday. The road from RAF Northolt to the Palace was packed. There was a flurry of lights as many lifted their cellphones into the air to film the hearse as it passed.

As the hearse passed through the doors, Charles could be seen nodding with Harry and Meghan stood solemnly behind the monarch.

At exactly 2.22pm this afternoon, the Queen’s coffin will be placed on a cannon carriage and lead a procession through a crowded shopping centre, along Whitehall and then into Parliament Square before entering the Palace of Westminster followed by his son, the new king, and his children and grandchildren.

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