Kate Middleton Wore a Special Heirloom from Queen Elizabeth to the Festival of Remembrance

This weekend, the royal family celebrated their first-ever Remembrance Day without Queen Elizabeth II, but Kate Middleton made sure to keep the memory of the late monarch alive.

The Princess of Wales showed up to the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, November 12, alongside her husband, Prince William. She looked supremely elegant in a black chiffon midi dress from Self-Portrait, which she accessorized with a wallet clutch from Mulberry and matching black pumps. Meanwhile, in a tribute to her late grandmother-in-law, the princess wore a pearl choker and matching earring set that used to belong to the queen.

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In fact, the stylish, four-strand pearl choker used to be a favorite piece of Queen Elizabeth's. The heirloom was constructed using a collection of pearls that were gifted to the queen by the Japanese government.

This isn't the first time we've seen the princess don this necklace. Princess Catherine wore the piece for Queen Elizabeth's 70th anniversary back in 2017, and for the late monarch's funeral in September. She also chose the accessory for Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021.

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In addition to the necklace, the Princess of Wales also sported a special pair of earrings to the Festival of Remembrance—the Bahrain pearl drop earrings.

These accessories, which Princess Catherine also wore to Queen Elizabeth's funeral (as seen above), were very important to the queen, because they were made from pearls that were gifted to her Royal Majesty when she married the Duke of Edinburgh.

While you may not be able to get your hands on the royal jewels, you can rock a similar look with these $78 pearl drop earrings from Mejuri.

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Finally, the Princess of Wales added three poppy pins to her dress, which are customary for members of the U.K. to wear ahead of Remembrance Day. These poppies represent the fallen military members who are memorialized on the holiday.

Princess Catherine wasn't the only one recognizing the late queen. This year's Festival of Remembrance had a theme of "service," and part of the ceremony included a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. The nod to the monarch was noted on the official royal family Instagram account with a post that read, “This year’s theme will reflect on the value of ‘service’ and will include a special tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who was the Royal British Legion’s Patron for 70 years.”

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We love Princess Catherine's subtle tribute.

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