Will Duchess Kate receive all of Princess Diana’s sapphires for her anniversary?

I just spent way too much time looking through Duchess Kate photos. I’ve tried to select some of the best shots of her jewelry. From my extensive research from the photo archives (about 15 minutes worth of research), I’ve come to the conclusion that Kate has two favorite pairs of earrings which she wears for nearly every public outing, at least over the course of the past three months. One pair – the pair she’s worn for nearly every public outing lately – is the pair she got for Christmas from Prince William. Those are the lovely drop earrings which are allegedly some light-colored green amethysts. But for one appearance, she wore sapphire drop earrings, and this report from In Touch claims that William gave her those as well. While the amethysts were bought new by William, apparently the sapphires are part of a whole set that was once owned by Princess Diana, and William is slowly giving Kate all of the sapphire pieces to go with his late mother’s sapphire engagement ring. Creepy? Or sweet?

He’s already given her something no other man could ever match – the adoration of an entire nation. But Prince William isn’t the sort to slack off when it comes to treating his sweetheart.

Last summer, he gave Kate Middleton a pair of his mother’s favorite diamond-and-sapphire earrings – and a royal insider tells In Touch that on their first anniversary on April 29, the Duchess of Cambridge will likely find herself in possession of a priceless heirloom.

“I expect William will definitely give Kate more jewelry,” the insider says. “Very likely a piece from Princess Diana’s extensive private collection.”

William’s already given Kate a pair of diamond-and-sapphire earrings which were Diana’s, and which match Kate’s sapphire engagement ring. It seems likely that Diana’s sapphire necklace is next.

And if the idea of being slowly covered in her later mother-in-law’s ‘80s-ear gemstones seems less than thoughtful, consider that William is always careful to tell kate she’s free to alter them at will, to make sure they suit her. In fact, she turn the earrings, originally studs, into drop earrings. No wonder she’s a fashion icon!

[From In Touch Weekly, print edition]

In Touch also says that Will and Kate plan to spend their anniversary alone. Alone except for all of the jewels! I seriously don’t admire much of Kate’s life, but I am extremely jealous of her current crop of jewelry, and all of the jewelry she’s going to receive over the course of her marriage. Not to mention all of the jewelry she simply gets to borrow and play with from all of the royal archives! GAH!!!!!!!! That is why you spend nine years Waity-ing. So that one day you can cover your bed with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, amethysts and more, and you can roll around on all of them naked. Or something. Well played, Waity.

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39 Responses to “Will Duchess Kate receive all of Princess Diana’s sapphires for her anniversary?”

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  1. Astrid says:

    Lucky girl. I haven’t thought about rolling naked on a bed covered with gem stones, but now that you mention it, it has merit!

  2. Steph says:

    I cannot wait till I see Kate wearing some magnificent jewels! She’ll definitely make it her own.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Methinks a little part of Kate still wakes up every morning, looks adoringly at Wills and says (internally of course) “yes!”

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Re : Astrid
    It sounds great but I am a bit chubby and I’m afraid the jewels might get stuck in my love handles/ fat rolls. I’d probably do it anyway!

  5. Sugar says:

    it is a endearing tradition to pass along a family heirloom piece, I have a broach that I wear on my tattered up Gap denim jacket that was a great aunts & wore my maternal grandmothers ring on my pinky finger when I married (something borrowed).
    I thought it to be a wonderful tender gesture on
    Will to present his mothers ring to his bride but I’m intrigued with my own creeped out reaction everytime I see it in pictures of Kate. the earrings not so much, I guess because a wedding ring
    carries a strong symbolic meaning & this
    one reminds me of his mothers sham marriage
    & tragic death. If it were me (it’s not) I’d store
    it away & design a simple tribute ring for day
    to day wear. she’s a lucky commoner turned princess who gets to play with very pretty jewels:)

  6. Anastasia says:

    That sounds painful!

  7. Kelly says:

    She’s just so darn DULL.

  8. Amazon says:

    I don’t think it’s creepy. I mean, people give their loved ones, fiances, wives, and husbands family jewels all the time. If I was Kate I would rather jewelry from Diana rather than new jewelry, it’s more sentimental that way.

  9. Jenna says:

    What if all those lovely diamonds poke you, or get lost/stuck in a crevice somewhere while you’re rolling around on a bed of them naked? o_O

  10. Alix says:

    It’s really not at all creepy for William to give Kate his mother’s gems. Royal families inherit more jewels than they buy, and almost everyone has the stones reset eventually. Diana did it all the time.

    Now, when is someone going to stage an eyeliner intervention?

    • norma says:

      diana wore a choker from the queen as a headband in the 80’s http://www.flickr.com/photos/47368377@N07/5337665574/in/set-72157625414825044/

      re the “kohl trauma” maybe kate wears it heavy because diana did pretty much all the time…even in the operating theatre when she was present at a heart surgery operation. (google the image, i can’t figure out how to attach links properly, sorry for ineptitude).

      when that particular photo took the entire front page of the uk newspapers many years ago, backlash kicked off – the feeling was that it was attention-seeking to heavily tart your eyes up behind a surgical mask and cap while someone lay on the op table. the surgeon was dr khan, for whom she was jonesing at the time.

      the more diana was ignored by her husband, the heavier her eyeliner became. by the time she did the tv interview for ‘panorama’ about the original uncool triangle with camilla PB, she was a fully-fledged panda.

  11. Jaded says:

    I have lots of jewelry from grandmother, aunt, sister, all have passed away. I love the stuff and when I wear it, it reminds of them, plain and simple. Heirloom pieces are meant to be handed down and treasured so I don’t think it’s creepy at all that she’s wearing Diana’s ring and other pieces. It’s kind of sweet.

    • bluhare says:

      I agree. I have jewellery from my mom (who is still alive; hi mom!!), grandmothers, and a great aunt. I’m not creeped out at all; make me feel closer to them now they’re gone.

      • fairy godmother says:

        Having heirlooms from family members are incredible to pass down in the family.
        This is a bit beyond creepy to me because of the manner in which Diana died & history with RF. Willie claims he does not want Waity compared to his mother, yet by having her wear the same jewels all it does is stir up more controversy.
        The jewelry is the RF’s property & will not ever be Waity’s personal property. It is not as if Waity will be wearing personal heirlooms from her family for sentimental purposes.
        The engagement ring was more than enough to share Diana’s memory (IMHO the ring given appears more of a lazy gesture & defiance on Will’s part- plus he had to ask Harry for it. The ring is what Harry chose to keep while Will took her tank watch). Poor Harry also gets rolled over on & treated like the “spare”.
        The jewels should be lent to his daughter or Harry’s daughter when the time comes. RF has more jewels that one can imagine. Why not use different pieces instead of continuing to cause comparisons- or is this something Waity wants & demands it from Will.
        Anywho its not as if Waity will ever have the charm, grace, compassion, or ability to relate to others in need the way Diana did.

  12. Day says:

    I never thought I would see this day–a Kate Middleton post with only 12 comments. Usually by now, a post about Kate would have over 100 comments. Wow…lol.

    • bluhare says:

      And none about vacations or working. YAY!!!

      • fairy godmother says:

        Do not worry- after their 2 appearances they have planned another holiday for their anniversary (is this Wills 5th or 6th since mid-January?).
        Africa was planned, but recent reports say it is changed for something else. This is suppose to be their “alone” time- does that mean mummy Mid will be there?

    • fairy godmother says:

      @ Day:
      It is because she is boring!
      The media have been relentless in shoving how wonderful she is in the public’s face.
      I am somewhat amused with the PRopaganda from the palace with their eagerness to change & modernize the RF’s image. They are desperate to keep the monarchy going after QE II passes. God save the Queen!

      • JK78 says:


        Once again I’m inlcined to ask – Why do you care so much if you don’t like W&K?

        What is your point in getting so worked up and wasting your time on people you clearly detest? I’m honestly curious.

  13. Luise says:

    DAMN! The Waity is one calculating lucky bitch!!!

  14. Ro says:

    Eh, I think it’s weird. It wouldn’t be weird to get them in general, but to be given them on your anniversary… “Here, instead of giving you a nice gift, I’m gifting you with all my dead mom’s sapphire pieces.” That’s surely the best way to celebrate your first year together, with a dearly-departed person’s possessions.

    I agree with the comment about the eyeliner trauma. But actually, it looks a bit toned down in these photos. Not applied with quite the same heavy touch. Nevertheless, not a big fan of noticeable under-eye eyeliner. But she really looks great in the third picture. More mature than her years? Definitely. But very regal.

    • iseepinkelefants@hotmail.com says:

      When you put it like that… yeah it’s nice to have an heirloom but I think it would also be nice to get something new that he had to pick out and it’s now something you can share (instead of being passed down, shared history). I’d much rather have something toughtfully picked up by the man I love than him just going to some jewlery box and picking out something someone maybe picked out for his mother.

      But then again William doesn’t seem to be independent minded. It doesn’t surprise me that he can’t put his own thought into it.

    • fairy godmother says:

      I think it is in poor taste to give all his mother’s sapphires to her especially for an anniversary gift.
      Does Harry not have a chance to select something of his mother’s before lazy Will lends all of it to his mannequin?

  15. iseepinkelefants@hotmail.com says:

    Do William and Harry split the jewels? Because one day Harry will marry and I wonder how that will work out. Waity will have to share.

    Though I don’t think Harry would have ever been so gauche as to give a girl his dead mother’s wedding ring from her failed marriage. I think if Diana were alive she would have said no that as well.

  16. anne_000 says:

    I think half or at least some will be saved for Harry’s future wife.

    I don’t see how making studs into drop earrings makes her a “fashion icon.” The 3rd photo of them looks like what pirates would wear.

  17. Susannah says:

    Creepy! In the Smithsonian, there is a pendant/pin called the Hope Diamond. It is a blue diamond surrounded by white diamonds in a design similar to Diana’s sapphire ring. It also makes her ring look like something from a Cracker Jack box. Everyone who has ever owned the Hope has experienced tragedy. No one wants it anymore so it sits inside a glass case.
    Creepy, huh?

  18. Amy says:

    Oh yeah the Hope Diamond… I forgot about that thing, I saw it when I went to DC one summer. I remember reading about it online. Not that many tragedies have happened to the people owning it. Just a silly legend. 🙂

  19. LM says:

    Well done girl!

  20. Belle says:

    For some reason, I don’t think Will should be giving Kate special pieces of his mother’s that she can chop up, into her ‘own style’. I’m not against having jewels re-set in general… but in this case, it seems like there is probably SO MUCH jewelry to choose from, if he really wants to give her something of his mother’s, why not let her choose a piece she likes as it is??

    On the creepy note… a piece of Diana’s jewelry every once in a while seems special. Giving her something more often seems somehow cheap and lazy… LOL Like he has his mother’s personal jewelry collection stashed in a grab bag or something, and each time he ‘needs’ a gift, he just turns to his trusty bag o’ jewels!!

    • Susannah says:

      It does seem rather odd to give Diana’s ring to Kate, especially as it symbolized a most unhappy marriage. Strange to give such a recognizable piece to a future wife.
      I would have politely declined and asked for a visit to Tiffany.

    • LAK says:

      You know, ever since the wedding the press veil has partilly lifted on PW, and all i get is that he is just so not Prince Charming despite the Palace pr trying to promote him that way.

      This is the latest example. Yes, he has plenty of jewels in his keeping from various family members including his mother, but why doesn’t he go out and get her something new or do the reworking of the jewels himself rather than expect her to go out and do it herself. Something that is special, for her, and not just opening the family vault to fish out some mouldy piece or stone. It just seems so lazy [no pun intended], uninspired and uncharming to me. I am still horrified that he gave her THAT ring and that she accepted it.

      • Luise says:

        Well it does appear that PW is turning out to be a bit of a control freak and a tightwad doesn’t it? I bet it’s his way or the highway and you know he has to be a spoiled brat. Ugh.

  21. gab says:

    Well the jewelry sure made Diana happy, huh? Gotta be some creepy, weepy mojo there.

  22. sup says:

    her new nose sucks. i’ll never understand why they get the bridge shaved off like that.

  23. molly says:

    I dont think she can have most of Dianas jewels. Most of Dianas jewlery were given to her on state visits to other countries, and when she died, they were returned to the crown, AKA The Queen. And I dont think that the Queen would be “giving” Kate any jewels any time soon. Also, I think that it would be weird if she wore Dianas stuff. William and Kate thrive off of Dianas memory, everything from living at the same palace that she did to having her ring. They use Dianas death as an excuse for Kates laziness. I think that Kate would just want to tear up all of the jewlery and make it “her own”. I think its a horrible idea, and from my knowlege, all of Dianas jewlery that dont know belong to the crown belong to Harry and I think that he would want to save some of it for his wife and daughters.

  24. Katie says:

    She sure holds that ring hand out in a lot of pictures…anyone else notice that? It can’t be her arm just swinging as she walks. No way.