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It’s no secret that there’s nothing quite like a Kate Middleton hat, however we’d argue that the Duchess of Cambridge’s earring game is just as strong. As any fellow short woman knows, little things can pack a real punch and Kate’s accessories are the important final touch to each of her polished outfits. While you might expect the royal jewels to come with a hefty bill, her favourites actually veer more towards a mid-price range from brands like Monica Vinader and are more affordable than we first thought.
We’ve curated some of her best earring moments below, as well as how to get the look if the payday gods have aligned for you. And if you want more fashion inspiration, we’ve got you – check out our watch and jewellery edit as well as Meghan Markle’s favourite fashion brands and the best Meghan Markle coats for a royal (to-be) touch.
Kate Middleton Wedding Earrings
Matching a pair of earrings to Queen Elizabeth’s Cartier Halo tiara was a tall order, but somehow Kate Middleton managed it with the help of her family. Her parents Carole and Michael Middleton enlisted jeweller Robinson Pelham to create bespoke chandeliers for her big day, which featured a secret message. The dangling acorn is actually a reference to the Middleton’s family crest, an emotional touch which would have gone a mile on her big day – even if the £15,000 price tag didn’t.
Similar Style: Interwoven Ladies’ Sterling Silver Diamond Earrings
Priced at £399, available at Ernest Jones
Kate Middleton Pearl Earrings
Annoushka’s previously featured on our list of the best Valentine’s Day jewellery and it’s no surprise that they’re a firm favourite with the royal family. Kate helped catapult their pearl earrings to fame and with good reason, the versatile pearl drops are adorable and can take you from the office to a cocktail party without too much fuss. Plus, you can also slip off the pearl pendants if you want to switch your look up a bit.
Priced at £1215, available from Annoushka (Pearl Earring Drops and Diamond Hoop Earrings also available separately.)
Kate Middleton’s Monica Vinader Earrings
Monica Vinader is one of Kate Middleton’s favourite fashion brands and she’s worn their earrings everywhere: from the ritziest galas at the National History Museum to chilled out public appearances in Canada. And it makes total sense, given that their chic yet understated style is totally Kate’s MO. If you’re looking to cop a Kate original, these are going to be some of the most affordable on the list.
Riva Diamond Cluster Bib Earrings
Kate stepped out at the Vogue100 Exhibition at the National Portrait gallery last year wearing Monica Vinader’s diamond cluster bib necklace and earrings, which were the perfect compliment to her pastel pink Alexander McQueen dress. It’s clearly one of her favourite pieces, as we’ve seen her picking them up again and again. Unfortunately, the set is now out of stock – but we’ve tossed in their matching bracelet below which is still available.
Priced £475, available at Monica Vinader
Siren Wire Earrings
Kate’s been spotted out and about wearing these casual beauties and unsurprisingly, they’re some of Monica Vinader’s most popular. (They have nine different versions on their site from rose gold blue agate to silver amazonite.) These are the gold and green onyx edition and in typical Kate style, she’s styled it above in a strong monochrome look.
Priced at £135, available at Monica Vinader
Kate Middleton’s Kiki McDonough Earrings
Kate loves a bit of Kiki McDonough, so much so that the jeweller’s website has even tagged some of their products with her name. (Clearly, a lot of people have been looking to grab their own Kate original.) The Duchess wears Kiki McDonough’s earrings quite frequently, from her dramatic double drops at Pippa Middleton’s wedding through to their signature Kiki Classic Cushion Drop Earrings.
Morganite Double Drop Earrings
Kate’s all pastel-pink look was a winner on her sister’s wedding day, synchronised all the way down to her Kiki McDonough earrings. While they’re unfortunately out of stock now thanks to the Kate Effect, we’ve found a similar style below to snap up.
Priced at £1300, available at Liberty
Kiki Classic Cushion Drop Earrings
Kate loves the Kiki Classic Cushion Drop Earrings, which are one of Kiki McDonough’s calling cards. With a tapered hoop set with diamonds and a 10mm coloured cushion stone, she has them in at least three colours: a pastel pink morganite, honey citrine and pale green amethyst. While the citrine ones she’s wearing above are out of stock, we’ve included the pale green ones below.
Priced at £1400, available at Kiki McDonough
Kate Middleton’s Azuni Earrings
These aqua earrings from Azuni are a departure from Kate’s timeless style, featuring a bright blue stone in a unique gold-plated brass setting. Previously called the Athena, they’ve since been renamed the ‘Kate’ Small Drop Earrings for obvious reasons – and they’re only £30. Score.
Priced at £29.50, available at Amazon
Kate Middleton’s Catherine Zoraida Earrings
While we haven’t seen seen these earrings in a little while, Kate wore them constantly in 2014, from her tour of Uluru in Australia to a Christmas day service at Sandringham. They’re currently available in three different colourways: rose gold, silver and Kate’s gold-plated version.
Priced at £150, available at Catherine Zoraida
We’ll be updating this list as time passes, as we’re sure the Duchess will continue to sport some amazing bling at future events.
Be right back, we’re just refinancing our house to buy a couple of shiny things…for a friend…