Kate to be handed ‘lion’s share’ of Queen’s jewellery but Camilla ‘gets first choice’


Royal experts explained that the Queen Consort will get to keep some of the priceless pieces before the Princess of Wales.

Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward said that to whom the items will go must have been “sorted and organised by the Queen some time ago”.

She added: “I imagine Her late Majesty’s personal jewellery will be given to various members of her family. The Princess of Wales as the future Queen receiving the lion’s share”.

Of course, some of the pieces will be kept by the Queen Consort.

The expert explained: “There are pieces which will remain for use of the reigning monarch’s wife – in this case, Camilla.

“She will need a large collection to support her constitutional role.”

Camilla and Kate

Camilla will have ‘first choice’ from the Queen’s jewellery collection before Kate (Image: Getty)

Kate, Princess of Wales and Camilla, the Queen Consort

Kate, Princess of Wales and Camilla, the Queen Consort (Image: Getty)

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From her side, royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: “There is a hierarchy in all of this.

“The Queen Consort, really, gets first choice of the Queen’s jewellery. And after that is Princess of Wales, of course, Kate.

“The Duchess of Sussex, I’m sure, will come in for some jewellery at some point, but she is much further down the pecking order.”

The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex paid tribute to the Queen with the jewellery they wore to the funeral.

Kate opted for the same necklace and earring combination that she wore just over a year ago for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The pieces of jewellery were also previously worn by her husband’s late mother, Diana, and are thought to have been loaned to Kate for the first time by the Queen in 2017.


Camilla will have the ‘first choice’ from the Queen’s jewellery collection, experts said (Image: Getty)

The Queen was pictured wearing the set during an engagement in Bangladesh in 1983, having loaned the set a year earlier to Diana to wear during a state visit from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Kate was also seen wearing the necklace to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary dinner in 2017.

The necklace is said to have been commissioned by the Queen using pearls which were a gift from the Japanese government after her first state visit to the nation in 1975.

The earrings were made using two from a collection of pearls given to the Queen as a wedding gift from the Hakim in Bahrain in 1947.


Kate will receive the ‘lion’s share’ from the Queen’ jewellery (Image: Getty)

Meghan wore the earrings on her first joint engagement alongside the Queen in June 2018, when they marked the opening of a new bridge in Cheshire.

Pearls are often referred to as mourning jewellery, a tradition said to date back to Queen Victoria’s era.

Camilla, the Queen Consort, wore Queen Victoria’s Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch – diamonds in the shape of an open heart, with two sapphire pendants.

This was accompanied by a pair of oval stud earrings featuring a sapphire stone encircled with diamonds and a gold pendant necklace.

In a nod to the Queen’s lifelong love of horses, Princess Charlotte wore a small diamond horseshoe brooch which was a gift from her late great-grandmother.


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