The Princess of Wales wears the Queen’s delicate earrings at Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales is believed to have paid tribute to the Queen last night by wearing a pair of her earrings.

Kate, 40, donned a simple pair of pearl and diamond earrings to receive the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace along with her husband Prince William and other senior royals including King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The earrings are believed to be a beautiful pair that the princess has worn on several past occasions, including the day she left the hospital after the birth of Prince Louis.

Kate also picked him up for a day of engagement in the Netherlands in 2016, her first official solo trip abroad without Prince William.

It is believed that they were first accompanied by the Queen, Her Majesty having worn them to many events over the years.

The queen is known to be eclectic with her personal jewelery collection and has given her family members tiaras, earrings and necklaces.

Kate, 40, donned a simple pair of pearl and diamond earrings to receive the Queen's coffin at Buckingham Palace along with her husband Prince William and other senior royals including King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  It is believed that they were first accompanied by the Queen, Her Majesty having worn them to many events over the years.  Pictured, Rani wearing earrings in 1977

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Kate, 40, donned a simple pair of pearl and diamond earrings to receive the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace along with her husband Prince William and other senior royals including King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It is believed that they were first accompanied by the Queen, Her Majesty having worn them to many events over the years. In the picture, the Queen wearing earrings in 1977 (left) and the Princess of Wales (right) last night

The Princess of Wales also wore a string of pearls – an unusual choice of jewelery for Her Royal Highness that has been interpreted by royal fans as a nod to the Queen, who was rarely seen without her.

Arseny Budreevich, founder of Budreevich Fine Jewelery Studio, told Express.co.uk That the royals, especially Queen Elizabeth, loved the pearls because they ‘represent the aristocratic qualities of magnanimity, grandeur and generosity’, and they are ‘a symbol of purity and chastity’.

“Pearls have been associated with class, elegance and sophistication since the time of the Ptolemaic dynasty in ancient Egypt, where the royal family wore pearls to show their status,” he said.

‘The tradition was then passed on through the Holy Roman Empire to the French emperors, who took it into fashion in the Middle Ages, where it later spread through Europe. This is when the British Empire adopted this style.’

Today the Prince and Princess of Wales will join senior royals to pay tribute to the Queen in a funeral procession through central London.

The Princess of Wales also wore a string of pearls - an unusual choice of jewelery for Her Royal Highness that has been interpreted by royal fans as a nod to the Queen, who was rarely seen without her.

The Princess of Wales also wore a string of pearls – an unusual choice of jewelery for Her Royal Highness that has been interpreted by royal fans as a nod to the Queen, who was rarely seen without her.

The Queen was rarely seen without her pearls, leading royal fans to believe Kate was paying tribute with her jewellery.

Queen with her pearls in 2017

The Queen was rarely seen without her pearls, leading royal fans to believe Kate was paying tribute with her jewellery. Pictured, the Queen with her pearls in 2011 (left) and 2017 (right)

The king was photographed arriving at the palace after leaving Clarence House, hours before Prince William and Prince Harry would put aside their feud and support their father by marching with him behind the coffin.

The royal family will walk with their parents this afternoon on a visit to Westminster Hall, where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay tribute after hours of queuing.

Charles, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, will be part of the procession along with the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex. Anne’s son Peter Phillips and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence will also follow the procession, along with the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The Queen’s Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will travel by car. The procession will leave the palace at 2.22 pm and is expected to reach Westminster Hall at 3 pm.

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace last night before receiving the Queen's coffin

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace last night before receiving the Queen’s coffin

The car carrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is headed to Buckingham Palace

The car carrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is headed to Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty spent her final night in Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room, before being transported on a gun carriage to Westminster Hall – the ancient heart of Parliament – where she will remain in state for four days until her funeral on Monday.

More than 1 million people are expected to queue for 35 hours to pass his coffin in central London – but experts believe only 400,000 will be able to make it inside, meaning 600,000 people Will be disappointed.

The Queen arrived at Buckingham Palace last night to tears and cheer from the huge crowd to welcome her into her home following her death at Balmoral last Thursday. The road from RAF Northolt to the palace was packed. There was a wave of lights as many raised their mobile phones in the air to film the scene as it passed.

As the chariot went through the gates, Charles could be seen bowing his head with Harry and Meghan standing solemnly behind the monarch.

Exactly this afternoon at 2.22 pm, the Queen’s coffin will be placed on the gun carriage and a procession will be led along Whitehall and then into Parliament Square, followed by an entry into the Palace of Westminster, followed by her sons, the new King and their children and grandchildren.

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