Kate’s tribute to Diana: Princess of Wales dons Prince of Wales feather brooch

The Princess of Wales paid a subtle tribute to her late mother-in-law today by wearing the Prince of Wales feather pendant given to Princess Diana by the Queen Mother.

Kate, 40, cut a graceful figure in a burgundy Emilia Wickstead wrap dress, teamed with a matching hat, as she welcomed the President of South Africa to the UK this afternoon.

The mother-of-three matched her sophisticated ensemble with the sparkling brooch, which contains 18 round-cut diamonds with petite emeralds surrounding the symbol of the Prince of Wales’s feathers.

The Queen Mother gave it to Diana after her engagement to King Charles III, then Prince of Wales, in 1981.

The Princess of Wales today paid a subtle tribute to her late mother-in-law by wearing the Prince of Wales feather pendant given to Princess Diana by the Queen Mother.

The Princess of Wales today paid a subtle tribute to her late mother-in-law by wearing the Prince of Wales feather pendant given to Princess Diana by the Queen Mother.

The mother-of-three matched her sophisticated ensemble with the brilliant brooch, which contains 18 round-cut diamonds with petite emeralds surrounding the symbol of the Prince of Wales's feathers.

The mother-of-three matched her sophisticated ensemble with the brilliant brooch, which contains 18 round-cut diamonds with petite emeralds surrounding the symbol of the Prince of Wales’s feathers.

The brooch was presented to Diana (pictured in 1986) by the Queen Mother after her engagement to King Charles III, then Prince of Wales, in 1981.

The brooch was presented to Diana (pictured in 1986) by the Queen Mother after her engagement to King Charles III, then Prince of Wales, in 1981.

Princess Diana first debuted the brooch as a pendant at the Royal Opera House in 1982. She later wore the pendant with its attached emerald drop during a royal tour of Austria in 1986.

With her husband’s heraldic insignia, three ostrich feathers emerging from a diamond-encrusted crown, it became one of Diana’s favorite accessories.

The brooch first entered the collection of the royal family in 1863 when King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The union saw Princess Alexandra showered with gifts, including the Ladies of North Wales feather brooch.

It was passed on to Alexandra’s daughter-in-law, Queen Mary, and then to Mary’s daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who gave it to the then-Princess of Wales in 1981.

When Diana died, the piece returned to Queen Elizabeth II’s collection, and may be borrowed by other royal ladies with Her Majesty’s permission.

When Diana died, the piece returned to Queen Elizabeth II's collection, free to be loaned by other royal ladies with Her Majesty's permission.  Surprisingly, the first wearer of the pendant was Camilla.  She wore it to a premiere with her husband in 2006, but as a brooch, not a necklace (pictured)

When Diana died, the piece returned to Queen Elizabeth II’s collection, and may be borrowed by other royal ladies with Her Majesty’s permission. Surprisingly, the first wearer of the pendant was Camilla. She wore it to a premiere with her husband in 2006, but as a brooch, not a necklace (pictured)

Surprisingly, the first wearer of the pendant was Camilla. She wore it to a premiere with her husband in 2006, but as a brooch, not a necklace.

For today’s outing, Kate completed her outfit with Diana’s Collingwood pearl earrings, which were given to the late princess before her wedding to Charles.

Kate paired her striking coat with a £495 Mulberry bag, as well as £560 Gianvito Rossi pumps.

Kate, along with her husband Prince William, 40, is playing a key role in the South African President’s visit, greeting Mr Ramaphosa, before traveling to Horse Guards Parade to watch a welcome ceremony with the King and the queen consort, Camilla.

During the event, the Princess swept her auburn locks behind her shoulders in her favorite blow-dry style. Meanwhile, she opted for neutral makeup for the occasion, using dark eyeliner and nude lipstick.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, King Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Catherine attended the welcoming ceremony

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, King Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Catherine attended the welcoming ceremony

The royal mother-of-three was stylish as she welcomed Mr Ramaphosa today, wearing the chic burgundy wrap dress with matching hat and £495 Mulberry bag.

The royal mother-of-three was stylish as she welcomed Mr Ramaphosa today, wearing the chic burgundy wrap dress with matching hat and £495 Mulberry bag.

The royal mother of three appeared in high spirits as she traveled to the event this afternoon.

The royal mother of three appeared in high spirits as she traveled to the event this afternoon.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, (C) and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales greet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, (C) and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales greet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

Kate has been a fan of Emilia Wickstead dresses for a long time, wearing them on dozens of occasions.

Collingwood earrings became Diana’s firm favourites, worn on royal tours of Australia, Canada and Italy.

The earrings feature a round diamond stud, from which an additional round diamond dangles, and a bell set with three more rows of petite diamonds. Each of the bells contains a drop of pearl.

Diana started wearing the earrings before she became Princess of Wales. They were a gift from Collingwood, a jewelry firm that was a favorite of the Spencer family. She wore them on several occasions throughout her marriage.

This morning Charles III welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Royal Pavilion on Horse Guards Parade as he makes his first state visit as monarch.

Charles III arrived at the Royal Pavilion on Horse Guards Parade as he prepares to welcome South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on his first state visit as monarch.

Charles III arrived at the Royal Pavilion on Horse Guards Parade as he prepares to welcome South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on his first state visit as monarch.

Camilla, Queen Consort during the State Visit of the President of the Republic of South Africa

Camilla, Queen Consort during the State Visit of the President of the Republic of South Africa

The King, along with the Queen Consort, will make introductions to the President as the South African national anthem is played and the Honor Guard gives the Royal Salute.

The President, accompanied by The King, will inspect the Honor Guard, found by the Coldstream Guards of Company Number 7.

The President will then join Charles and Camilla, as well as the Prince and Princess of Wales, in a carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where they will be greeted by a second Honor Guard found by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

After a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, the King will invite Mr Ramaphosa to view an exhibition at the Picture Gallery of items from the Royal Collection relating to South Africa.

In the afternoon, the president will visit Westminster Abbey, where he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, before taking a tour that will include the memorial stone for Nelson Mandela, the South African president from 1994 to 1999.

Ramaphosa will then visit the Palace of Westminster, where he will be greeted by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker, before delivering a speech at the Royal Gallery to MPs and other guests.

In the evening, Carlos, Camila and other members of the Royal Family will host a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President, who will join the King in speeches at the start of the meal.

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