The special significance behind Kate Middleton's jewellery

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  • Prince Louis of Cambridge
    Prince Louis of Cambridge
    Youngest child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
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The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her impeccable style with outfits she wears selling out in seconds. More than simply looking flawless, however, many of the Kate's looks also contain hidden meaning or subtle nods of appreciation, such as her support for British designers.

This month, the Duke and Duchess released their 2021 Christmas card which showed them alongside their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in Jordan, during a holiday earlier this year.

The Duchess wore a khaki summer dress with her wavy hair down and many were quick to praise her chic, laid back look, but the symbolism of one of her chosen accessories was easy to miss.

Look a little closer and you’ll see that the charm on Kate's necklace is a gold Arabic coffee pot, known as a 'dallah'. Dallahs are used in the Middle East to offer a hot drink as a sign of hospitality. The duchess was first seen sporting the charm back in 2005 and it's thought she re-wore it for this trip to show appreciation for the generous hospitality the people of Jordan.

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

Below, we look back at other times the royal has used her accessories to say something:

Euros 2020 final, July 2021

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Photo credit: Eddie Keogh - The FA - Getty Images

In July 2021, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Euros 2020 final at Wembley with Prince George. Kate showed her support for the team by wearing England’s colours, matching statement red beaded earrings with a white blazer.

Video announcement, June 2021

The Duchess has been known to choose jewellery which nods to her children and in June 2021 she did just that. In an instagram video to announce the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, the mum-of-three was spotted wearing the Gold Diamond Midnight Moon Necklace by Daniella Draper, which is engraved with her children’s initials.

Edinburgh, May 2021

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On an official tour of Scotland in May 2021, Kate enjoyed a spot of tennis in Edinburgh and wore another gold necklace by Daniella Draper. This time, it featured mini pendants of her children’s initials: G, C, and L, showing she often wears jewellery for her children when they can't accompany her when she is away working. The duchess previously wore the same necklace while visiting The University of Derby in October 2020, too.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

South Wales, December 2020

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

While visiting South Wales in December 2020, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a pair of £79 gold hoops designed by Hayley Spencer for her Wales-based brand Spells of Love. Kate has made no secret of the fact she likes to support local jewellers and artists when touring countries and did the same in Wales.

Prince Louis's introduction, April 2018

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

When Kate first introduced the world to Prince Louis after his birth, she significantly opted for pearl earrings. According to legend, pearls have a calming effect and are supposed to strengthen relationships and convey a sense of safety. Perfect for a newborn baby.

London, July 2012

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

The duchess appeared at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012, just before the London Olympics, dressed in royal blue but it was her necklace that got the most attention. The design by Cartier featured circles just like the Olympic rings.

Wedding day, April 2011

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Kate wore some jaw-dropping jewellery on her wedding day in 2011, including an incredible Cartier tiara loaned from the Queen. She also wore a pair of pear-cut diamond drop earrings from Robinson Pelham, which were a gift from her parents, nodding to her close family ties on both sides of the family.

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