How Kate's outfit yesterday paid tribute to a ballerina she met at the Royal Opera House today

By Jessica Pollack

Duchess Kate has surpassed all expectations with her sartorial savvy! While on a visit to King Henry's Walk Garden on Tuesday, the royal donned the perfect pair of leaf-shaped earrings to sit in on a winter planting workshop and build bird feeders with local school children. Perfectly on theme, right? Well, what fans may not have realized is that the earrings were also the perfect tribute to a ballet dancer the duchess met on Wednesday (Jan. 16) at the Royal Opera House.

Kate wore the earrings to visit King Henry's Walk Garden on Tuesday. Photo: © Getty Images

The mother of three wore the Lauren Plain Leaf Earrings by one of her favourite jewellers, Kiki McDonough, to top off her dressed-down look. The yellow gold design is studded with tiny diamonds and comes with a $2,400 price tag. But the most clever aspect of Kate's choice in baubles is that they were inspired by the British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson, as explained on Kiki's site.

The gorgeous yellow-gold design features a vein of tiny diamonds. Photo: © Getty Images

The 37-year-old had the opportunity to meet the dancer herself the following day as she visited her patronage to see the work of the costumiers and watch a rehearsal for the ballet The Two Pigeons. Principals Lauren, Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov chatted with the duchess about the different factors that can influence their costumes, like movement and lighting.

The next day, Kate met the ballerina who inspired the earrings' design. Photo: © Getty Images

Kate has been known to use her wardrobe to pay special tributes, especially when she travels internationally. From wearing a maple leaf brooch on a trip to the Great white North in 2016 to slipping on a skirt by local weaver Kelzan Wangmo in Bhutan, the future queen knows that clothes have the power to do a lot more than just dress us.

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