The Queen debuts awe-inspiring necklace at the Diplomatic Corps reception

By Heather Cichowski

Duchess Kate wasnt the only one to dazzle with her jewelry at the Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace on Dec. 11! The Queen debuted a breathtaking green necklace at the white tie affair.

Her Majesty looked as regal as ever in a white lace state gown by Angela Kelly. She accessorized with the Vladimir tiara, pearl drop earrings and a magnificent necklace with green stones.

The Queen coordinating her Vladimir tiara with her statement necklace. Photo: © Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Royal experts say the necklace isn’t new, but it is believed to be the first time the Queen has donned it in public. The show-stopping style reportedly is composed of square-cut emeralds surrounded by diamonds and accented with emerald drops. This makes the incredible piece the perfect thing to complement the emerald-and-diamond Vladimir tiara.

PHOTOS: Duchess Kate, the Queen, Prince William and Duchess Camilla host Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace

There is speculation Her Majesty could be wearing an updated version of the Greville Emerald necklace. It is a piece that was frequently worn by the Queen Mother.

Margaret Greville was a British society hostess and friend of King George VI and his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later the Queen Mother). When Margaret passed away in 1942, her incredible jewelry collection was bequeathed to the family. The British royals continue to wear the pieces today! For instance, Princess Eugenie wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018.

Kate looked stunning in an Alexander McQueen gown and glittering jewels. Photo: © Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Duchess Kate also showcased some of the Queen’s jewels at the Diplomatic Corps reception. She wowed in Her Majesty’s Nizam of Hyderabad necklace and the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. It was a special moment for royal fans because we hadn’t seen Kate wear the necklace since 2014. She last donned the tiara at the state banquet the Queen hosted for US President Donald Trump during his visit in June.

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