The Princess of Wales cut a sombre figure as she attended the Remembrance Sunday service in London today, alongside other senior members of the Royal Family.
Kate, 40, paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, as she donned a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings that once belonged to the royal.
Diana wore the earrings on various occasions, including at a banquet for the Japanese Emperor Akihito in 1990 – and at a gala at the Palace of Versailles in 1994.
Today’s outing marks the third time Kate’s worn the accessories, after sporting them on the red carpet when she attended the BAFTAs in 2019, and donning them earlier this year during a trip to Royal Ascot.
Today, Kate was wrapped up warm in a black coat adorned with three poppies, and a matching black hat as she stood alongside Queen Consort Camilla, 75, to watch King Charles, 73, and Prince William, 40, lay wreaths to pay respects to Britain’s war dead.
Diana, Princess of Wales wears a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings as she attends a 1990 Court Banquet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, pictured left. Pictured right: Kate during today’s event
The Princess of Wales cut a sombre figure as she attended the Remembrance Sunday service in London today, alongside other senior members of the Royal Family. Pictured, with The Queen Consort
Kate, 40, wrapped up warm in a black coat, which was adorned with three poppies, and a matching hat as she stood on the balcony alongside the Queen Consort, Camilla, 75, to watch King Charles, 73, and Prince William , 40, lay wreaths to pay respects to Britain’s war dead
Charles laid a new poppy wreath incorporating a ribbon of his racing colours, with the design a tribute to the ones used by both his late mother and his grandfather George VI.
Meanwhile Big Ben chimed 11 times at 11am, as it returns to service after years of maintenance and repair.
As Charles lead the nation at the Cenotaph for the first time as King, the service marked a poignant moment for the Royal Family.
In a moving ceremony on Friday, the late Queen and her commitment to war veterans was remembered in an evening attended by members of the royal family including the Prince and Princess of Wales and Princess Anne.
The Princess of Wales cut a sombre figure as she attended the Remembrance Sunday service in London today, alongside other senior members of the Royal Family
Kate, 40, wrapped up warm in a black coat, which was adorned with three poppies, and a matching hat as she arrived alongside the Prince of Wales to watch King Charles, 73, and Prince William, 40, lay wreaths to pay respects to Britain’s war dead
Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales cut an equally dignified figure as she stepped out in an all-black ensemble at the annual Festival of Remembrance last night.
Mother-of-three Kate joined other senior royals as they attended the annual event hosted by the British Legion at London’s Albert Hall.
At around 10:40am today, the march past the Cenotaph paused temporarily while Scottish members of the UK’s armed forces, the Fourth Battalion of Highlanders, played the bagpipes, accompanied by drums.
At 10.58am, the military parade was brought to attention as King Charles III arrived. Big Ben rang 11 times to mark the beginning of the two minutes of silence, and a sombre hush fell over the crowd.
After the two minutes of prayer and reflection had ended, in an emotional tribute to those killed during the wars of the last century, members of the military played the Last Post.
The King appeared emotional as he stepped into the role the late Queen Elizabeth II counted as one of her most important public duties, pictured left. Pictured right: The Prince of Wales was the second person to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, which bore the feathers of the heir apparent
The Cenotaph in London, pictured moments before the arrival of King Charles III and the two-minute silence
Wreaths at the Royal Naval Memorial in Plymouth, Devon – the walls bear the names of those in the Royal Navy who have been lost in past conflicts
The UK and Ukrainian flags both flew at Remembrance events in Seaham, County Durham on Sunday
Birmingham also held a large military parade today in the West Midlands, which included ex-service personnel, regular, reserve and cadet units from the Armed Forces
A veteran was brought to tears during the Remembrance Sunday service at at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire
Veterans on mobility scooters, some carrying wreaths, gather on The Mall in London before the start of the military parade
King Charles III then laid his wreath and saluted to the Cenotaph on behalf of the nation. A wreath was then laid on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen Consort.
The Prince of Wales then proceeded to lay his wreath, complete with the feathers of the heir apparent. This was the wreath previously laid by his father. The wreath, bearing the colours of the Prince of Wales, also bears a brand-new ribbon in Welsh red.
The Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal then laid a wreath, before one was laid on behalf of the Duke of Kent.
The military parade then stood at ease as music played and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer led the rest of the wreath-laying. They were followed by leader of the SNP Ian Blackford and leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey.
People from all walks of life were involved in Remembrance Sunday, from religious leaders to Scout organisations
A tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II is seen in the Women’s Royal Army Corp area of the 94th Field Of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 11
Chelsea Pensioners arrive to form up at Horse Guards Parade as they prepare to march along Whitehall for the Remembrance Sunday service
Hundreds of people arriving in and around Westminster as final preparations for the parade and service get underway
The armed forces are watched as they parade past the Cenotaph by veterans and members of the public gathered for the occasion
Some 10,000 veterans and military personnel are involved in today’s march, which ends at the Cenotaph
The service is being led by the Lord Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally. She has held the role since 2018.
As well as the King and Queen Consort, many members of the royal family were in attendance this morning. This includes the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
Numerous former Prime Ministers including Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron and Tony Blair are also there, some of whom are laying wreaths at the Cenotaph.
Former Prime Ministers Liz Truss and Boris Johnson appear to eye each other up as they pay their respects to the UK’s fallen
Ian Blackford, Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak (L-R) hold their wreaths in preparation as they wait for the arrival of King Charles III
Sir Keir Starmer looks solemnly at the other wreaths as he steps forward to lay his down on behalf of the Labour Party
(Left to right) British former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair’s wife Cherie Blair, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s his wife Akshata Murty, British former Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband Philip May and British former Prime Minister Liz Truss’ husband Hugh O’Leary attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony
A Chelsea pensioner prepares to take part in today’s emotional Remembrance Day service, complete with a poppy-adorned blanket
Veterans amass on a chilly but dry morning in London as they get ready to march to the Cenotaph in the first Remembrance Sunday led by King Charles III
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle also laid a wreath on behalf of the entire House of Commons.
The Queen, who died nine weeks ago at the age of 96, considered Remembrance Sunday, which commemorates the war dead, one of the most significant and important engagements in the royal calendar.
She first laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in 1945 when she was still a princess. The nation’s longest-reigning monarch, who lived through the Second World War as a teenager and was head of the armed forces, only missed seven Cenotaph services during her reign, including in 2021 due to a back sprain.