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Photo credit: Chris Jackson – Getty Images

Today’s a very special one for the royal family, as they took part in the Trooping the Colour event at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Royal fans were treated to an adorable moment between the Cambridge siblings in the carriage rides there and lots of waving from the Queen herself – and naturally, as is the case with any big royal event, all eyes were firmly on Kate Middleton too. Or should we say, the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit.

Today’s pick is noteworthy for many reasons – with the jewellery in particular having a special symbolic meaning. For today’s celebrations, Kate opted for a white Alexander McQueen coat dress (a British designer) with strong shoulders, which she teamed with a Philip Treacy hat (an Irish designer).

Kate’s hair was styled in a chic twisted knot, that showed off her sapphire and diamond earrings perfectly – which were once owned by none other than Prince William and Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.

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Photo credit: Chris J Ratcliffe – Getty Images

The Princess of Wales often wore the earrings teamed with a sapphire choker too, as seen in the below photo taken 8 July 1991 when she attended a concert at Royal Albert Hall. She also donned them for the Met Gala in 1996:

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Photo credit: Anwar Hussein – Getty Images

The style of jewellery is also in-keeping with the ring Prince William used to propose to Kate with, which famously features a blue sapphire stone surrounded by a cluster of diamonds.

This is far from the first time we’ve seen the Duchess wear something previously worn by Lady Di either, or the Queen herself for that matter – last spring during Prince Philip’s funeral, we saw that Kate wore pearl earrings and a pearl choker necklace, both of which are reportedly on a long-term loan to her from Her Majesty (and part of the Queen’s personal collection). Wearing the Queen’s jewellery was a special way for Kate to show her loyalty the newly widowed monarch during that tough time. It looks like Kate’s choice of jewels today were also a way for her to pay tribute to Princess Diana.

Happy Platinum Jubilee celebrations, one and all!

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