Princess Kate dons more than £1.4m worth of jewellery in latest controversial portrait

The Princess of Wales wore more than £1.4million worth of jewellery on her latest controversial portrait which will feature on Tatler Magazine’s July 2024 cover, according to a jewellery expert.

The painting is by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, who took inspiration from Princess Kate’s cancer diagnosis video message to the nation.

The image showed the princess at the first state banquet of King Charles’s reign in November 2022, for the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.

She is pictured composed, standing and facing forward in a regal, caped white Jenny Packham floor-length evening dress with sparkling detail on the shoulders.

At the actual event, Kate wore a glittering set of jewellery, including her go-to tiara, the Lover’s Knot.

The future Queen paid tribute to both Queen Elizabeth and her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana by wearing Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara, featuring diamonds and pearls, which is said to be worth £1m.

She also wore Princess Diana’s diamond and South Sea pearl earrings, which feature various cuts of diamonds and a suspended South Sea pearl, with experts estimating them to be worth £65,000.

Kate sported her world-known 12-carat Ceylon sapphire engagement ring, which formerly belonged to Princess Diana, with experts estimating it to be worth £390,000.

Lastly, although not included in the portrait, Kate also wore the four-strand pearl bracelet which once belonged to the late Queen, who reportedly inherited it upon the death of her Grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953. The stunning piece is said to be worth £40,000.

Diamond expert Maxwell Stone, of Steven Stone, said: “Our attention was immediately drawn to the jewels on display, each piece having once adorned the late leading ladies of royalty.

“All together, Kate is dazzling in over £1.4 million of jewellery in the painted portrait.”

Kate’s latest portrait received mixed reviews from fans and critics, with some even poking fun at the canvas, questioning its likeness.


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