Kate Middleton has £250,000 ‘antique’ diamond earrings from the Queen

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Kate Middleton, 39, joined the Royal Family in 2011 when she married Prince William. Since then, her jewellery collection has grown in size and she now has an impressive array of jewels. One pair of her earrings could be worth as much as £250,000.

As well as the Duchess having her own jewellery, she also has access to the Queen’s, and will often be seen wearing jewels from the monarch’s collection.

The Queen will often loan other Royal Family members pieces of jewellery too.

For Kate’s most recent in-person appearance back in December, she opted for a pair of luxurious diamond drop earrings. 

Managing Director Nick Withington, or pre-owned vintage jewellery William May provided an insight into the stunning earrings.

He said: “Kate is wearing an antique pair of diamond earrings featuring a round flower cluster of diamonds dropping down to a floral leaf design also in diamonds.

“The diamonds appear to be an old European cut typical of antique jewellery of this kind and with so many diamonds featured, there could be as much as 5.00ct of diamonds in total.”

In fact, it seems as though these jewels actually belong to the Queen and therefore could have been on loan to Kate for the occasion.

The Duchess is rarely seen wearing them and debuted them to a special state reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2016.

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She also wore them for a NATO reception at Buckingham Palace in 2019.

The Queen is also thought to have first worn the diamond earrings at the State Opening of Parliament in 2012.

The carat weight means that the earrings have a huge price tag attached to them.

Nick added: “In terms of value, we have an impressive array of diamonds and with an expected rich antique history, Kate is wearing upward of £250,000 in her ears.”

While Kate has borrowed many pieces from the Queen’s collection, her own one includes an impressive ruby ring that she has worn over the years.

It is also thought to have a huge price tag.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Roseanna Croft, the founder of Roseanna Croft Jewellery, explained: “The Duchess of Cambridge’s ruby ring I estimate to be worth in the region of £35,000 and is a stunning piece of timeless yet ‘on trend’ jewellery – a step away from the traditional jewels worn by the Royal Family.

“The setting is elegant and really helps the stone to stand proud in the ring with a simple diamond set band accentuating the ruby even more.”

Kate will also often match her jewellery or outfits to the places she visits and was thought to have worn it as a nod to the colours of the Polish flag while on a visit with her family. 

While the make of the ring is unknown, the Duchess also has a ruby necklace and bracelet in her collection which she often wears together.

It is thought to be very similar to the Burmese Ruby tiara which is a special piece in the Queen’s collection.

The Burmese Ruby is just one of the tiaras worn by the current monarch and it was created using stones from another that had been dismantled.

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