Like any good in-law—royal or not—Kate Middleton knows that the way to win over any in-law is with lots and lots of flattery. And since imitation is the highest form of flattery, it only makes sense that the Duchess of Cambridge would make a habit out of raiding the royal jewelry box. She did just that on Monday: While attending Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 70th anniversary celebration, Middleton wore one of the queen's own gorgeous necklaces.
The princess was photographed arriving at Windsor Castle for the intimate dinner party with Princes William and Harry. Around her neck, she wore a four-strand pearl choker with a decorative diamond-shaped clasp in the front that the queen was often seen wearing in the 1970s and 1980s. She had the necklace made from the cultured pearls given to her by the Japanese government, according to People. Princess Diana reportedly also once borrowed the necklace from QE2, for a state banquet in the early 1980s.
The gorgeous necklace wasn't Middleton's only "something borrowed" at the platinum anniversary party. She also reportedly wore a pair of pearl and diamond earrings that Princess Di received as a wedding present in 1981, and that Middleton first donned at a state banquet this past summer.
Middleton paired her jewels with a black Diane von Furstenberg floor-length lace gown that she's worn several times before: to a gala at Kensington Palace earlier this month; when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte in 2014; and to a friend's wedding later on in 2014. Although Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle was once spotted wearing a shortened version of this dress to a red carpet event, it probably doesn't make this another case of Middleton's style-borrowing, since that was in February 2012, well before Markle was on Middleton's radar.