Kate Middleton wears rarely-seen Queen’s brooch in special tribute to monarch

Kate Middleton has been spotted wearing a brooch once sported by the Queen during the procession ahead of her Majesty's Funeral.

Kate paired the brooch with diamond and pearl drop earrings from the collection of her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kate first wore the brooch during a trip to Ypres, Belgium, on a visit with William in 2017, almost two decades after the Queen wore it on a visit to Seoul, South Korea.

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Kate and William had visited the site of historic fighting in World War One to see the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Tyne Cot Cemetery as part of commemorations of 100 years since the battle of Passchendaele.

According to notes from Jewel Vaults, the brooch's "provenance is so far unknown and its appearances are scarce; The Queen most notably wore it during a State Visit to South Korea in 1999.”

According to The Court Jeweller it “features a trio of pearls placed in the centre of a pave-set leaf”.

Kate also wore it in 2018 during the Festival of Remembrance, although it was hard to make out as it was surrounded by poppies.

Jewels like pearls and diamonds are considered appropriate for such sombre times of remembrance and funerals – they are both 'white' jewels and commonly associated with mourning.

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Today's appearance of the brooch comes on a sad day for Kate and William, as they participate in proceedings following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

The late monarch's coffin was returned to London yesterday evening after it had been resting in St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.

It was bought back by the Royal Air Force to RAF Northolt in London before it was moved to Buckingham Palace.

From here a procession through London has seen the coffin taken to the Palace of Westminster where it will Lie-In-State until Her Majesty's funeral on Monday, September 19.

Huge crowds flocked to see the procession, with many more expected to queue for hours to visit the coffin at rest in Westminster in the coming days.

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