Kate Middleton wears Bahraini pearls to Prince Philip’s funeral

The British royal family came together on Saturday to give Prince Philip a fitting farewell, a celebration of his 99 years while mourning his death.

For the funeral, which took place at Windsor Castle, 30 family members arrived, all dressed in black, the colour associated with mourning.

The focus was certainly not on fashion, however, like many royal occasions, there were poignant tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh made through a number of the sartorial choices on the day.

Duchess of Cambridge’s Bahraini pearls

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stands at the Galilee Porch of St George's Chapel 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 Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stands at the Galilee Porch of St George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday. Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pearl necklace and earrings with her custom black Catherine Walker coat.

Both items were loaned to the duchess by Queen Elizabeth II. The four-row pearl choker was a gift from the Japanese government, and the monarch has worn it in the past. It was also loaned to Princess Diana for a banquet in November 1982.

Most touchingly, the earrings feature Bahraini pearls, which were gifted to the queen by the Hakim of Bahrain when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

The Princess of Wales at a banquet for the British royal family given by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands at Hampton Court Palace. The Princess wears the sash of the House Order of Orange, presented to her by Queen Beatrix. PA Images via Reuters
The Princess of Wales wears the Queen’s four-row pearl choker in November 1982. Reuters

The queen, then Princess Elizabeth, was given seven large pearls as a wedding present, two of which were turned into the earrings sported by the duchess.

They are drop earrings, each with a large diamond stud, suspended with four smaller diamonds and three baguette diamonds, with the pearl at the bottom. They, too, were worn by Princess Diana in the past.