Kate to use jewellery at Philip’s funeral ‘as a sign of loyalty to the Queen’

Kate Middleton is expected to use her jewellery choices at Prince Philip's funeral to offer up a show of support to Her Majesty the Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral is due to go ahead at 3pm on Saturday, April 17, from St George's Chapel in Windsor.

And Bethan Holt, author of The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Royal Modern Style, expects the fashion decision made by each royal to be incredibly meaningful.

Speaking to Hello!, she said: "This is the first royal funeral of the Internet age so I think the focus will be on respect and a nod to tradition but with some personal touches which symbolise the Queen and Prince Philip's life together.

"They will be aware of the millions of people tuning in to watch the funeral from around the world.

"The Duchess of Cambridge might opt for the pearl earrings she has had on long-term loan from the Queen as a sign of loyalty."

Those pearl earrings are something of a mainstay for Kate's appearances at big events.

Lorna Haddon Beaverbrooks' Head of Diamonds and Jewellery, previously told the Express that the sentimental value of gems chosen by Kate is always something she considers.

"Her trademark pearl earrings are so classic and really convey her sophisticated motherly image," she said.

"She’s worn these drop pearl earrings for so many special moments in her life, including following the birth of her daughter, Princess Charlotte."

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All female royals in attended are expected to wear black tights and all-black outfits. Although it is possible some small military motifs may be added as a gentle nod to the Duke of Edinburgh's military service.

Kate does have previous for making very deliberate jewellery choices to honour the royals who have come before her.

Back in June 2019, when Her Majesty the Queen hosted then-American President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace, the Duchess of Cambridge donned the Firm's famous Lover's Knot tiara – loaned to her by the Queen and a favourite of Princess Diana's.

She paired the breathtaking headwear with a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings from the late Queen Mother's collection.

The decision was widely heralded as the perfect tribute to the late Queen Mother, who died in 2002 aged 101.

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