Kate Middleton Is Wearing Jewelry from These 2 Royals in Her New Birthday Portraits

Kate Middleton may be celebrating her 40th birthday today, but it was royal followers who woke up to a gift this morning, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared three brand-new portraits of Middleton to their Instagram account.

In the photos taken by Paolo Roversi, the birthday girl looks more at ease than ever, giving a wide smile and donning intricate, flowy, red and white gowns. “Thank you for all of your very kind birthday wishes, and to Paolo and the National Portrait Gallery for these three special portraits,” Middleton said in a personalized caption, which she signed with a “C.”

However, there was another special aspect to the duchess's portraits, which we learned thanks to a report from People. It turns out that Kate is wearing accessories that once belonged to Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.

In the first photo that she posted, the duchess sports a pair of pearl drop earrings that were originally worn by the late Princess of Wales. As Middleton rests her hand on the skirt of her dress, we also get a full view of Princess Di's sapphire engagement ring.

This same exact ring can be seen in a portrait of Princess Diana, which was taken by Tim Graham in Kensington Palace back in 1983.

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In a different portrait, Kate models a bright red asymmetrical gown, which is elevated with a pair of diamond earrings. These particular accessories were borrowed from Queen Elizabeth.

This is certainly not the first time the duchess has channeled other royal family members. Back in 2020, she wore a set of sapphire earrings and a matching pendant necklace that appeared to be modeled after ones worn by Diana. Throughout her years as a royal, Middleton has emulated a number of iconic looks worn by her late mom-in-law. Meanwhile, there have been a number of times where the Duchess of Cambridge has borrowed earrings from the queen, too.

Kate sure knows how to celebrate a birthday in style.

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