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Baftas 2019: Duchess of Cambridge's borrowed Bafta jewels

The Duchess borrowed pieces from both the Queen and Princess Diana for the occasion

A perk of marrying into the British royal family would have to be the almost unlimited access to a very enviable jewellery collection. And the Duchess of Cambridge took full advantage of that at the 72nd annual EE British Academy Film Awards last night.

Click though the gallery above to see all of the Duchess of Cambridge's past Bafta looks.

The Duchess wore a one-shouldered white silk chiffon Alexander McQueen gown for the awards ceremony, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The royal accessorised her look with jewellery borrowed from none other than Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
A close up look at the Duchess of Cambridge's earrings, borrowed from the late Princess Diana. Reuters

The diamond and pearl earrings were worn by Princess Diana a number of times; most notably, however, at a gala dinner for the American Red Cross in June 1997, just two months before her death in August 1997. She also wore the earrings during her tour of Korea in 1992.

Diana, The Princess Of Wales Visits Washington, Usa.Gala Dinner Held By The American Red Cross, To Raise Funds For Landmine Victims Around The World. . (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Diana, The Princess Of Wales at an American Red Cross Gala in Washington, USA, in June, 1997. Getty Images

According to Britain’s The Telegraph, “The earrings feature a double curve of various cuts of diamonds, with a cluster of marquise-cut stones in the centre, from which hangs a single pearl.”

Making use of the Queen's jewellery collection

The earrings were not the only piece the mother-of-three borrowed for the occasion. The royal was also loaned a diamond quatrefoil bracelet from her husband Prince William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Queen Elizabeth II's diamond quatrefoil bracelet. AP 
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Queen Elizabeth II's diamond quatrefoil bracelet. AP

The "priceless" piece of jewellery has previously been worn by both the Queen and her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Queen is thought to have most recently worn it for the 2015 State Opening of Parliament in London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks as she addresses the House of Lords, during the State Opening of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster before the State Opening of Parliament on May 25, 2010 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the new coalition government's legislative programme in a speech delivered to Members of Parliament and Peers in The House of Lords. Laws expected to be introduced in the coming Parliamentary year are thought to include new voting reforms, repeal of identity card legislation and new powers for parents to start their own schools. (Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks at the 2015 State Opening of Parliament. Getty Images

The 2019 Baftas aren't the first time the Duchess has borrowed the bracelet, also wearing it at the Anna Freud Centre gala dinner in November 2017.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 7: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to various guests at the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace on November 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 7: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to various guests at the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace on November 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Royal jewellery blog Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault says of the piece, “The wide diamond bracelet features multiple diamond quatrefoil motifs, the four-lobed design popular in architecture, art, heraldry, and elsewhere. Each quatrefoil outline is filled with five individual diamonds.”

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Updated: February 11, 2019 12:27 PM

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