Kate Middleton wore something really special to meet Queen Letizia of Spain

The heirloom hasn’t been seen in 30 years

The Duchess of Cambridge attended Queen Letitia of Spain a special banquet in honour of the State visit of the King and Queen of Spain, and chose to wear something with special meaning for the occasion.

To go with her Marchesa gown, Kate borrowed a stunning necklace from the Queen, and what makes it even more special is that it hasn’t been seen in public for 30 years.

queen elizabeth queen letizia

The Queen Elizabeth Bandeau Necklace is quite a lavish affair, featuring a diamond flowers and rubies, and finished off with a single suspended diamond.

kate middleton

It was bought by Lady Greville from Boucheron in 1907, who later left it to her friend the Queen Mother when she passed away in 1942.

queen elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth wearing the necklace in 1963

The Queen Mother then gifted it to Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day. Her majesty had it shortened so it was easier to wear, and wore it to a few royal engagements herself, the last being an opera gala during a state visit to Sweden in 1983.

That means it was last worn 34 years ago, which makes it all the more special.

Reading now

Popular