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The world may have been watching, but for the 30 mourners it was simply a time to remember a much-loved family member.
And for Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday the Duchess of Cambridge chose to recycle suitable clothes from her archive, completing her outfit with pieces of the Queen's jewellery.
Captured on camera as she arrived at Windsor Castle beside her husband Prince William on Saturday, Kate could be seen wearing a four-strand pearl and diamond choker.
The choker is thought to be one which was made for Queen Elizabeth with pearls gifted to her by Japan. Her Majesty has worn the stunning piece on a number of occasions over the years.
Notably, it was also worn by Princess Diana in 1982. Kate has also been previously seen wearing the choker, including in 2017 when she attended the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding celebrations at Windsor Castle.
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Kate's choice of pearls is no accident, with the stones traditionally worn to funerals by the Royals. The Queen's great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria compared the creamy white stones to tears, and wore long strands of them for many years following the death of her husband Prince Albert.
Along with the choker, Kate's earrings also appeared to have been borrowed from the Queen.
She wore what appeared to be Queen Elizabeth's Bahrain pearl drop earrings.
Kate has worn these a number of times over the years, including in 2019 at a Remembrance Sunday service alongside Her Majesty.
Prince Philip's funeral
As for her dress, at first glance this appeared to be the Roland Mouret dress Kate last wore in 2018 to attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Kate completed her outfit with a black fascinator.
This appeared to be the Philip Treacy one she first wore to a Remembrance Sunday service in November 2019. She wore a pink version of the same headwear in 2018 for the wedding of William's cousin, Princess Eugenie.
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