Princess Anne spotted wearing The Queen’s most treasured piece of jewellery

Princess Anne inherited the important piece of jewellery after the death of her mother, Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Anne
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Princess Anne has been spotted wearing a sentimental piece of her mother's jewellery during a surprise trip to New York.

Since the death of the Queen, many royal fans have wondered what will happen, or what has already happened, to her extensive personal jewellery collection. While the Queen was buried wearing her wedding band and a pair of pearl earrings, according to Metro UK, as the Daily Mail noted, the late monarch owned around 300 pieces of jewellery herself, including 34 pairs of earrings, 15 rings, and 98 brooches.

While it has been reported that Camilla, Queen Consort, and Kate Middleton, will likely inherit the bulk of the collection, it appears that Princess Anne has inherited a very special necklace that was reportedly the Queen's favourite.

Spotted at the English Speaking Union, Princess Anne wore the three-strand pearl necklace which was a gift that the Queen received from her father, Anne's grandfather, King George VI.

Speaking to The List, jeweller David Douglas explained, "Elizabeth loved the three-strand pearl necklace so much that she had an identical one made. In 1953, a third three-strand pearl necklace joined her collection. It was a gift from Emir of Qatar and the only difference among the three was that this version sported a diamond clasp."

Princess Anne

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Kate Middleton has also been spotted in one of the Queen's three-strand pearl necklaces, which she wore during a lunch reception at Buckingham Palace. Kate has honoured the late Queen by wearing her jewellery on a number of occasions since her passing, including at the Queen's coffin procession, where she wore a brooch previously worn by the Queen on a visit to Seoul in 1999.

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.