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The Story Behind Kate's Necklace At Prince Philip's Funeral

It was a tribute to his 73-year marriage.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge  during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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On Saturday, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the funeral of her grandfather-in-law Prince Phillip, who passed away at 99 on April 9. And Kate Middleton’s funeral outfit included a pearl necklace from Queen Elizabeth’s collection for the most touching reason.

The four-strand pearl necklace features a diamond clasp, and fits like a choker. It’s not only a tribute to Queen Elizabeth, who wore it regularly before passing it on to her granddaughter-in-law, but it also honors her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh. Middleton wore it to celebrate their 70th anniversary in 2017.

The jewel, dubbed the Japanese Pearl Choker necklace, was notably worn by Princess Diana at a Netherlands state banquet in 1982. It was originally commissioned by the Queen and crafted from pearls gifted to her by the Japanese government.

Middleton chose a simple black button-down dress for the funeral with a bow adorning the neckline. She finished her look with a fascinator, a black face mask, an elegant clutch, and diamond and pearl drop earrings, also on loan from the Queen.

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