Official Portraits Reveal Kate Middleton’s Hidden Tribute to the Late Queen on Coronation Day

At the close of a long weekend of coronation celebrations, Buckingham Palace shared three official portraits of King Charles III, Queen Camilla, and working members of the royal family, including Kate Middleton. King Charles is wearing the full regalia from the Westminster Abbey ceremony, but the portrait gave the public its first glimpse of the ivory Alexander McQueen gown the Princess of Wales wore beneath her formal robes—as well as her chosen jewelry.

The Princess of Wales wearing the Festoon Necklace, which belonged to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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From left: The Duke of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Gloucester, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Princess Royal, King Charles III, Queen Camilla, the Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Kate’s dress is adorned with embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock motifs, to represent the four nations of the United Kingdom (the same flowers appeared on her wedding dress in 2011). The image also shows how the princess honored the late Queen Elizabeth II on the day by wearing her George VI Festoon Necklace, which was commissioned in 1950 by King George VI for the then Princess Elizabeth. The king asked royal jewelers Garrard to turn 105 loose diamonds from the Royal Collection into a special necklace for his daughter, made up of three tiered strands of diamonds of different sizes.The gift from her father, who died when she was just 25, was one of the queen’s favorite pieces of jewelry.

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