The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pair of earrings from a set given to the Queen in the 1970s. It perfectly matched her tartan coat for the event at Holyrood Palace.
However, when the Queen inherited the sapphire fringe earrings she didn’t choose to wear them herself.
However, she did loan them to the future Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate wore the earring in October 2015 to the V&A 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala.
She has worn a number of royal gems, and also wears Princess Diana’s engagement ring as her own.
This collection of gems was so impressive, according to Leslie Field author of Queen’s Jewels: The Personal Collection of Elizabeth II, the Queen “exclaimed in amazement” when she saw it.
The demi-parure was made up of a necklace, earrings, and a ring.
The necklace in the set is made up of loops of diamonds with large sapphires held in them.
Her Majesty shortened the necklace and had the remaining loops repurposed.
The Queen has worn the loop versions of the earrings last in 2009, so these gems have not been seen for 12 or so years.