Kate Middleton's borrowed royal jewellery in pictures: From diamond necklaces to glittering tiaras

The Duchess of Cambridge has an impressive collection of necklaces and earrings, but that doesn't stop her borrowing items from her royal relatives' jewellery boxes.

Kate very rarely wears a crown, but we've seen her sport three different pieces of headwear since marrying into the family in 2011. The most famous being Princess Diana's Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, which she has worn four times so far.

And it's not the only bit of royal bling Kate has borrowed, here we look at all of the royal earrings, necklaces, tiaras and brooches she's worn.

Engagement ring

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Diana's engagement ring is doubly famous

The engagement ring Prince William proposed to Kate with during a trip to Kenya in October 2010 is famously a hand-me-down from his late mum, Princess Diana.

The 18-carat sapphire and diamond stunner was chosen by Diana, who died in 1997, after her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981 and cost £28,000. it was one of a series of pieces presented to Diana by jewellers Garrard.

Speaking of choosing the ring for Kate, William said: “It is very special to me. It was my way to make sure my mother did not miss out on today and the excitement that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Tiaras

Cartier halo tiara

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Kate wore the 1936 Cartier halo tiara on her wedding day

The tiara Kate wore at her 2011 wedding to William had done the Royal rounds before being chosen to sit atop the most photographed head of the year.

Made by Cartier in 1936, the Halo tiara was an anniversary present from King George VI to the Queen Mother. She was photographed in the diamond headpiece, before giving it to the Queen as an 18th birthday present.

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Princess Margaret wearing the tiara in 1955

But Her Majesty didn't wear it much, and lent it to her younger sister Princess Margaret instead. She wore it often before her marriage to Anton Armstrong-Jones, but after that it went unseen until Kate did it justice on her wedding day.

Lotus flower tiara

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Kate and the Queen Mum wear the same tiara very differently

In December 213, Kate was seen in a the lotus flower tiara at the Queen's annual diplomatic reception – the first time she had worn a tiara since her wedding.

The tiara was a reincarnation of a necklace made by Garrard jewellers and made into a tiara after the Queen Mum, then the Duchess of York, asked for the diamond and peal creation to be made into headwear instead in the 1920s.

Garrard was tasked with changing the piece that was then seen on the Queen Mum, Princess Margaret and later Kate.

Cambridge lover's knot tiara

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Kate attends the Diplomatic reception in 2015, wearing Diana's tiara for the first time

This is one of the most famous tiaras in the royal collection and was made by Garrard commissioned by Queen Mary, in 1914. After she died in 1953, the tiara was passed to the Queen, who wore it regularly after coronation.

Of course, its most famous wearer is Princess Diana , who was given the headpiece as a wedding present from Her Majesty in 1981.

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Princess Diana wears the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara and a pearl bracelet during a visit to Hong Kong in 1989

It had not been seen in public until 2015, when Kate wore it for the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.

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Kate wore it again in 2016, with a red Jenny Packham gown

Prince William gave Kate his late mother's engagement ring, when he proposed to her and the loaning of her favourite crown to the Duchess of Cambridge was seen as another touching tribute.

The Duchess in Diana's tiara and a Marchesa gown for the Spain state banquet

Kate has since worn the tiara for 2016 and 2017's Diplomatic reception, and earlier in the year for the Spain state banquet.

Earrings

Diamond and sapphire earrings

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Diana's earrings were remodelled for Kate

During Wimbledon 2011, Kate was seen sporting a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings while watching Andy Murray play .

The heavy studs – that match Princess Diana's cluster engagement ring – were among her most treasured jewels and were seen on her at numerous events during the 1980s and 90s. They were remodelled for Kate into drop earrings.

A courtier said: “Now they’re married, William wanted her to have some of his mother’s favourite pieces.”

The Queen Mother's Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings

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Kate wore the statement earrings for a gala in 2015, with an Erdem floral dress

Kate has worn these striking earrings once so far, for the V&A 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala in 2015.

They once belonged to Queen Mary, who paired them with the Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch. They also match the Duchess' engagement ring.

Their history is relatively unknown, but the Queen has most likely inherited them from her mother's collection of jewels, although she has never worn them in public.

The Queen's diamond chandelier earrings

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The Duchess wowed at the China state banquet in 2015

The Duchess has worn these show-stopping earrings for numerous black-tie and formal occasions, the first being at the BAFTA event in Los Angeles, in 2011, and most recently for the Royal Variety Performance.

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Wearing the earrings in 2011 for the first time

The delicate jewellery contains diamonds in a chandelier design, surrounding a larger pear-shaped gem in the middle. They are a loan from the Queen, but Her Majesty doesn't appear to have ever worn them in public.

Silver jubilee diamond and pearl earrings

Kate in Canada 2016

Kate has worn the pearl drop earrings several times, but most notably during her 2016 royal tour of Canada.

They belong to the Queen and they used to be her go-to earrings for daytime engagements, but she now regularly loans them out to other family members.

Diamond pendant earrings

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Kate wore Her Majesty's diamond drop earrings for a gala dinner in 2017

Similar to Her Majesty's chandelier earrings, these contain a pendant of separate stones hanging within a diamond frame.

According to the Queen's Jewel Vault, they first appeared at the State Opening of Parliament in 2012, but Kate has worn them more times in public, most recently for the Anna Freud National Centre gala dinner.

Bahrain pearl drop earrings

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Kate worn the earrings for 2016's Remembrance Sunday service

The pearl and diamond earrings were a wedding gift to the Queen from the Sheikh of Bahrain, in 1947.

They each consist of one large, three-pendant sized and four smaller diamonds, and a pearl.

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A portrait of the Queen wearing the Bahrain earrings

Her Majesty wore them during the early years of her reign, but she has since loaned them to Kate for the Remembrance Sunday service in 2016.

The Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings

Kate wore beautiful diamond jewellery and Diana's earrings for the Spain state banquet

Kate wore Princess Diana's pearl and diamond earrings for the first time this year, at the Spain state banquet, along with her tiara.

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Diana wearing the earrings in 1985, in Washington

They were given to the late Princess of Wales as a wedding present from Collingwood jewellers, and she wore them for numerous balls and formal engagements, including during her tour of the US.

Necklaces

Nizam of Hyderabad diamond necklace

Kate wearing the necklace at the National Portrait Gala 2014

Featuring 38 diamonds, the Queen received the necklace as a wedding present from an Indian potentate in 1947. She wore it for one of her official Queen of Canada portraits and loaned it to Kate for the National Portrait gala in 2014.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bandeau Necklace

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The Queen wearing the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bandeau Necklace, in 1987

The V shaped necklace features a diamond and ruby collar, ending in a diamond drop pendant.

It was given to the Queen as a wedding gift from her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She wore the beloved piece on numerous occasions during her younger days, but appears to have swapped it for shorter chains in recent years.

Kate wearing the Queen's necklace and Diana's tiara for the state dinner

The Duchess teamed the glittering necklace with a blush pink Marchesa dress for the Spain State dinner in July 2017.

The Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker

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Kate wore the necklace to celebrate the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary

The Duchess wore this dazzling pearl choker for the Queen and Prince Philip's platinum wedding anniversary dinner this year.

The four-strand necklace was created from cultured pearls given to the Queen by the Japanese government. She wore the necklace herself on various occasions in the 1980s and 1990s, including on a visit to Bangladesh in 1983.

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Diana wearing the pearl necklace in 1982

Diana, Kate's late mother-in-law, borrowed the piece for a state banquet in 1982 held at Hampton Court Palace in honour of the Netherlands.

Diamond collet necklace

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Kate wore Diana's tiara and earrings with one of the Queen's collet necklaces for the Diplomatic reception 2017

Kate sported one of the Queen's diamond collet necklaces for the first time at the Diplomatic reception in December 2017.

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The Queen wearing the necklace for the Royal Variety performance in 2003

It is believed to be one of two which were left to Her Majesty from Queen Mary's collection. She loved to wear several at once, but we have only seen one at a time on the Queen.

Bracelets

Queen Mary’s Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet

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Kate wore the choker on her wrist for the China state banquet

This gem originally belonged to the Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary, who wore the diamond jewels as a choker.

Kate has worn the piece once for the China State banquet in October 2015, with a red Jenny Packham gown and the Lotus flower tiara.

The Queen's wedding gift bracelet

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Kate wowed at the BAFTAs in an Alexander McQueen gown

Kate wore the Queen's wedding gift bracelet for the second time to the BAFTAs 2017. She first wore it to the China State Banquet in 2015, with Queen Mary’s Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet on her other wrist.

Its name is self-explanatory, but it was given to the Queen as a wedding present from Prince Philip, in 1947.

The geometric bracelet is made from diamonds taken from a tiara that once belonged to the Duke's mother, Princess Andrew of Denmark and Greece.

The Diamond Quatrefoil bracelet

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Kate wore the bracelet with a black lace Diane Von Furstenberg dress

The Quatrefoil bracelet was originally worn by The Queen Mother, and then passed down to Queen Elizabeth II. But this another piece from the royal vault, which has rarely been seen in public.

Kate wore it for the first time to the Anna Freud National Centre gala in November 2017, and it was last seen on Her Majesty for the State Opening of Parliament in 2010, according to the Queen's Jewel Vault

Brooches

Shamrock brooch

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The shamrock brooch is regularly loaned to royals

In March 2012, Kate sported a shamrock-shaped brooch as she mingled with members of the Irish Guards Regiment for Armed Forces Day.

The gold Cartier three-leaf piece centred with an emerald belongs to the regiment rather than the royal family, but had also been worn by the Queen Mum who had long been affiliated with the Irish Guards, attending her first St Patrick's Day in 1937 and first presenting the shamrock to the battalion in 1964.

The regiment even carried her coffin after she died in 2002, aged 101.

The shamrock has also been seen on Princess Anne.

Maple leaf brooch

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Kate and the Queen both wore the maple leaf in Canada

The maple leaf brooch Kate wore as she and William toured Canada and the US in 2011 was the perfect choice for Canada Day.

The diamond piece had been loaned to her by the Queen for the tour as it is Canada's national symbol.

It had originally been given as a present to the Queen Mum by King George VI ahead of their tour of Canada in 1939 and it was treasured.

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Kate also wore the Maple leaf brooch on the royal tour of Canada 2016

The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, also wore the diamond-encrusted piece for her first trip to Canada in 1951 and wore it again as recently as 2010 – again for a trip to Canada.

The Duchess has since worn the piece again, for her tour of Canada in 2016.

The New Zealand Fern brooch

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The Queen in 2003 meeting then New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, wearing her Fern brooch

The intricate diamond and silver brooch was a gift from the women of Auckland to the Queen in 1954 on her Commonwealth tour.

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Kate in New Zealand in 2014

The Duchess wore it twice on her visit to New Zealand in 2014, with her teal pleated Emilia Wickstead dress and with her striking red Catherine Walker coat.

Pearl and diamond leaf

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The Duchess visiting Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery Bedford House on the outskirts of Ypres, Belgium

According to the Royal Order of Splendor, the diamond and pearl leaf 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."

Kate pinned it to her blush pink Catherine Walker coat for the Passchendaele anniversary in Belgium, in July 2017.

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