Who will inherit Queen Elizabeth II's jewels?

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

The grand jewelry of the royal family has long held deep meaning, especially as it is passed on through generations.

Princess Kate regularly honours the late Princess Diana by wearing pieces she inherited from her, and this week, Kate, Duchess Meghan, and Queen Consort Camilla honored Queen Elizabeth II by wearing pieces she gave them.

But now, with the queen's passing, what will happen to her showstopping jewels, including her iconic collection of brooches and tiaras, and her favorite string of pearls?

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Though the Queen's will is private, it is likely she made a catalog prior to her passing listing which pieces of hers would be passed down to which of her relatives. Catherine, Princess of Wales, who is set to one day be queen, will likely inherit some.

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The same has been done in the past.

Queen Alexandra, who died in 1925, did not have a will, but she kept a careful record of her jewelry and to who each piece would be given after her death, per the Royal Collection.

Years later, when Queen Mary died in 1953, she passed on most of her jewelry to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, who wore those sentimental pieces regularly throughout her seven decades on the British throne.

And in 2002, when Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother passed away, she also left all her jewelry to Queen Elizabeth II, her daughter, further expanding the monarch's collection of historic jewels.

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Photo credit: Serge Lemoine - Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth famously gifted various stunning pieces to Princess Kate, Queen Consort Camilla, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the late Princess Diana, and at least one piece to Duchess Meghan. If she meant to follow the tradition of passing the majority of her jewels to the next sovereign, it's likely her will states that King Charles III will inherit them. If so, he will also likely gift them to his various family members.

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