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10 January 2022, 09:22
The Duchess of Cambridge honoured her late mother-in-law and Her Majesty the Queen in a collection of new pictures to mark her 40th birthday.
The Duchess of Cambridge turned 40-years-old on Sunday, and to mark the occasion, released three stunning portraits photographed by Paolo Roversi.
Prince William's wife dressed in two Alexander McQueen gowns for the shoot, one a red off-the-shoulder number, and the other a ruffled pale dress.
Kate accessorised the looks with two very special pieces of jewellery – earrings lent to her by the Queen, and a pair which used to belong to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
In the coloured shot where the Duchess is wearing the red McQueen dress, she also wears the Queen's Diamond Frame Earrings.
These earrings have been worn by the Queen on several occasions, including the State Opening of Parliament in 2012.
Kate has also been pictured wearing the diamond earrings before, most recently at an event at Windsor Castle where members of the Royal Family gathered to thank volunteers and key workers for their dedication throughout the pandemic.
In the black and white pictures, Kate appears to be wearing the Collingwood Pearl earrings, which once belonged to Diana.
Prince William and Prince Harry's mother was often seen wearing the earrings while on royal duties, including at a dinner at The Chateau De Chambord during a trip to France.
The earrings are also a staple piece from Kate's wardrobe, and were last worn by the Duchess of Cambridge at the National Service of Remembrance in 2021.