Kate Middleton has earrings with ‘unknown origin’ on ‘long term loan’ from the Queen

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It is a huge honour to share earrings with the Queen, one that is not shared often. The only other royal woman to have done so is Sophie, Countess of Wessex, said to be the Queen’s favourite.

On Remembrance Sunday Kate wore a pair of earrings leaned to her by Her Majesty.

A jewellery expert discussed the pieces with Express.co.uk exclusively.

Interestingly, no one is sure where these earrings come from.

Alexandra Michell Gemologist Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn explained: “On Remembrance Sunday, Kate wore a sombre outfit as a mark of respect for the day.

“Chic in all black, the only splashes of colour were the three poppies on her coat, and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Diamond and pearl earrings.

“These earrings made their first appearance in 1977 for the celebration of HRH Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee.

“The Queen possesses a few pairs of pearl and diamond earrings, however, she does not wear these ones very often.”

So what can the expert tell us about the gems?

“This particular pair are on long term loan from the Queen to Kate, and have appeared regularly in her wardrobe.

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“These are a fantastic everyday accessory, that compliment Kate’s subtle style; they add a little something to the ear without detracting one’s attention from something more important, such as a designer piece of clothing, an special brooch or a significant event.

“Being of slightly off round, drop shape-these could be either freshwater pearls or natural saltwater pearls topped with an estimated 0.75cts diamond single stone on each earring. Unfortunately, the origin of this pair of studs is unknown.”

Some have suggested they were passed onto her by her mother Queen Mary on her wedding day, although this is not confirmed.

How much would these earrings be worth, according to the expert?

“I would expect these to fetch £35,000 should they enter a sale at Auction today.”

While Kate wears the originals, the Queen commissioned a copycat pair for Meghan Markle to wear.

The Queen gave the replicas to Meghan ahead of their first and only royal outing as a duo.

The earrings perfectly suited Kate’s appropriate look for the day, with all its historical gravitas. 

She wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat in black with epaulettes on the shoulders.

Kate also wore her hair in a different style of the event, in a chic chignon look. 

A hair stylist suggested the new look was a bid to differentiate herself from Meghan Markle.

Frédéric Fekkai, celebrity stylist whose clients include Demi Moore, Hilary Clinton, Scarlett Johansson and Renee Zellweger, gave his professional opinion to Express.co.uk.

Frédéric told Express.co.uk exclusively: “For this historic day celebration, we see Kate Middleton move away from her usual signature bouncy blowdry with a spin on the classic French twist.

“I believe Kate wants to portray herself more royal and classic and to contrast from Meghan.”

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