There are countless benefits to marrying a member of the royal family — just ask Duchess Kate! Prince William's missus has been drowning in jewels since they tied the knot on April 29, 2011. In honor of the seventh anniversary of the moment when he asked her to be his wife with his late mother's oval sapphire engagement ring (pictured), Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at some of the more impressive bling the pregnant mother of two has acquired since she officially became a member of the royal family. Keep reading for more…
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Prince William gave Duchess Kate a pair of diamond-and-sapphire earrings that once belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana, to match her engagement ring. She reportedly had them customized as drop earrings, which she wears often.
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Duchess Kate donned several stunning pieces from Queen Elizabeth II's private jewelry collection during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in 2015. She wore a platinum-and-diamond bracelet designed by Prince Philip known as The Wedding Gift Bracelet, which he gave the queen on their wedding day in 1947. On her other wrist, she wore the Queen Mary Chain-Link Bracelet, which was originally a choker belonging to Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of George V, which the queen mother reportedly had turned into a bracelet. But the true showstopper was Kate's headpiece: the Lotus Flower, a pearl-and-diamond tiara that belonged to the queen mother and that Princess Margaret often wore.
Duchess Kate donned the Cartier Halo tiara, which consists of 16 graduated scrolls set with 739 brilliant diamonds and 149 baton diamonds, when she and Prince William tied the knot in 2011. King George VI reportedly bought the headpiece, which was passed along to daughter Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday, for his wife, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Princess Anne and Princess Margaret have also worn the tiara.
Duchess Kate donned the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara during a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace in 2015. The headpiece, which previously belonged to Queen Mary, was reportedly a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth II to Princess Diana. It features 19 diamond arches with hanging pearls.
Duchess Kate donned the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara for a second time during a state banquet in London in July 2017. This time, she paired it with diamond-and-pearl drop earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana and a stunning Boucheron statement necklace from 1907 that Queen Elizabeth II's parents gave her as a wedding gift. The queen reportedly wore it frequently until the '80s, when it was retired to the royal family's jewelry vault.
The Robinson Pelham topaz-and-diamond chandelier earrings that Duchess Kate donned during the 2015 premiere of "Spectre" in London — a gift from Prince William — are reportedly worth a whopping $18.8K.
The Cartier pendant that Duchess Kate donned during a 2012 visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London is reportedly worth around $72K. The necklace features five diamond-studded hoops in white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.
Duchess Kate donned a pair of Kiki McDonough diamond drop earrings worth around $4.6K during an official engagement in Germany in 2017.
During the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards, Duchess Kate wore a white diamond and yellow diamond Art Deco bracelet that is reportedly part of a set that includes a pair of earrings and a ring that Prince Charles gave her as a wedding gift. The bracelet alone is reportedly worth nearly $200K.
The diamond-and-sapphire fringed earrings that Duchess Kate wore during the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala in London in 2015 once belonged to the queen mother, who reportedly wore them on her 93rd birthday.
Duchess Kate donned the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, which was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday, during a gala at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2014. The piece reportedly features 38 brilliant-cut diamonds, 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped diamond.
The gold charm bracelet that Duchess Kate is often seen wearing is reportedly a wedding present from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. A coronet representing Kate is engraved on one side of the gold disc, and a crown representing Camilla is engraved on the other.
Duchess Kate donned stunning lapis-and-diamond drop earrings by Indian jeweler Amrapali — a diplomatic move — during a charity gala at The Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai in 2016.
The Monica Vinader Riva Diamond Bib necklace that Duchess Kate wore during the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in London in 2014 is reportedly worth $2.5K, while the matching Riva Diamond Cluster earrings are worth a little less than $1K.
The Cartier hoop earrings that Duchess Kate wore during SportsAid's 40th Anniversary Dinner in London in 2016 are reportedly worth more than $47K.
The maple leaf brooch that Duchess Kate typically wears during her official tours of Canada belongs to Queen Elizabeth II and was first given to the queen mother in 1939. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has also donned the piece.
Duchess Kate often wears her Kiki McDonough green-amethyst-and-diamond drop earrings during Christmas services. They're reportedly worth around $4K.
Duchess Kate borrowed Queen Elizabeth II's platinum fern brooch during her tour of New Zealand in 2014. The Women of Auckland reportedly gave the piece to the queen in the '50s.
During an event in London in 2015, Duchess Kate wore a G. Collins & Sons Ltd. tanzanite necklace worth around $11K and matching earrings also worth around $11K.
Duchess Kate donned a stunning pair of drop earrings of mysterious origin during the 2017 BAFTA Awards. It's unclear who designed the jewels or what stones they're comprised of — but they certainly made an impression!