Cover Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen at Westminster Abbey during The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: Hannah McKay—WPA Pool/Getty Images)

As the time came to bid farewell to the United Kingdom’s longest reigning monarch, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and other royals paid their respects by donning her favourite gemstone.

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.

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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.

Her Bahrain pearl drop earrings were made of pearls that were given to the Queen by the then Hakim of Bahrain on her wedding day in 1947. These are also a favourite of the Princess of Wales, who has worn them at events including Remembrance Sunday and the Royal Ascot.

The princess also wore a four-row pearl bracelet which was also from the treasures of the late Queen.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry’s wife sported a pair of off-white pearls attached to a diamond stud. The Queen herself gave her the earrings, which she first wore in public in 2018. The Duchess of Sussex wore them on one of her first public appearances after her honeymoon, when she accompanied the late Queen for a day of engagements.

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Zara Tindall

Zara, Princess Anne’s daughter and the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, also wore pearl drop earrings to her grandmother’s funeral.

Anne, Princess Royal

The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip was in her Royal Navy uniform for her mother's funeral and so wore only simple gold studs to her mother's funeral. She did, however, accompany the Queen's coffin as it was transported the week before from St Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland to London, wearing a pair of Grima pearl earrings given to her by her parents in the late 1960s. Andrew Grima created the earrings with a leaf-like motif using gold, pearls, and diamonds. Anne, then 19, wore them on her first royal tour of Australia with her mother, at her wedding to Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence in 1992, and at the funeral of her father, Prince Philip, in 2021.



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