It is said that after Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria mourned in all-black ensembles and pearls for 40 years. As a result, the gemstone became a valuable symbol of royal mourning.
This tradition was carried on at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19, when women from the royal family wore Her Majesty’s favourite gem in her memory.
Catherine, Princess of Wales
Kate Middleton wore a pearl choker necklace that was Princess Diana’s favourite piece of royal jewellery. It had previously belonged to the Queen, having been created by Garrard Jewellers from Japanese pearls given to Her Majesty during her state visit to Japan in 1971. Catherine had previously worn the choker necklace at Prince Philips funeral in 2021 as well as at an anniversary party for the Queen and Prince Philip in 2017.