The Duchess of Cambridge pays tribute to the Queen and Prince Philip through choice of necklace

Francesca Rice
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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge paid a touching tribute to the Queen and Prince Philip at his funeral on Saturday (17 April) by choosing to wear a pearl necklace of special significance for the occasion.

Watch: Prince Philip Funeral: Royal Procession Behind Duke's Coffin

Kate wore a Japanese Pearl choker necklace belonging to Her Majesty the Queen for the late Duke of Edinburgh's funeral at St George's Chapel in Windsor, which began at 3pm this afternoon.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Poignantly, the accessory appears to honour the incredible relationship between the Queen and Prince Philip. Kate previously wore it to the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary celebration dinner at Windsor Castle in 2017. 

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

 

The Queen also loaned the pearl choker to the late Princess Diana for a banquet at Hampton Court Palace in 1982.  

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Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images

The necklace consists of four strands of Japanese pearls with a central diamond clasp.

 Wearing pearls and white diamonds is a traditional choice for royal funerals. 

Her Majesty the Queen also followed tradition for her late husband's funeral by wearing Queen Mary's pearl and diamond Richmond brooch, which was given to her grandmother in 1893.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Prince Philip's funeral began at 3pm, following the funeral procession from Windsor Castle to the nearby St George's Chapel.  

Watch: Minute's Silence Observed for Prince Philip Outside Windsor Castle

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