Kate Middleton is the stunning mother-of-three and wife of Prince William, also 36. The Duchess has often played homage to Her Majesty in the way she dresses, which is fitting, as one day Kate will also be Queen.
The Duchess of Cambridge has often borrowed from the Queen’s style, and on occasion the monarch allows her granddaughter-in-law to borrow her priceless jewellery.
In fact, Elizabeth II has had the pieces for a whopping 71 years.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who only gave birth to her third child Prince Louis in April, attended church this weekend.
Kate Middleton looked stunning in a grey dogtooth check coat with a Peter Pan collar and large buttons.
She also wore a smart black hat tilted over her head. However, two glittery accessories caught the eye.
There were the stunning Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings, which were created for the Queen.
The gorgeous pieces have large diamond pieces and enormous pearls hanging from them.
Huge naturally occurring gems are a famous export of Bahrain.
The Queen was given seven of the gorgeous pearls from the ruler of Bahrain in 1947. At the time a princess, Elizabeth put them to excellent use in her lavish jewellery collection.
Containing round diamonds and smaller baguette diamonds, these pieces have been loaned out in the past.
Kate Middleton has worn them before to 2016’s Remembrance Sunday, a year after the Queen wore them to the same event.
Sophie Countess of Wessex has also borrowed them.
Bahrain is a small Arab nation made of more than 30 islands. Around 70 per cent of the country’s landmass is man made.
Tourists flock there to marvel at the countries souks with fragrant spices, as well as to try their hand at a bit of pearl diving searching for their own sunken treasure.
The Queen’s jewellery collection is one of the most lavish in the world, not surprising, as Elizabeth is one of the world’s wealthiest people.
However, the Queen is not the only royal to have an incredible jewellery collection.
Camilla Parker Bowles’ royal jewels include precious private gifts and the Queen Mother’s gems she loves to wear.
In fact, Camilla Parker Bowles engagement ring is thought to be one of the most valuable in the royal collection.
What happened to Princess Diana’s jewellery? Where are the Princess of Wales’ royal gems?
Before her death the aristocrat stated she would leave her jewellery to her sons, so that they may give her gems to their wives.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.