The Most Expensive Royal Jewel That Kate Middleton Will Never Wear
For several years now, Kate Middleton has adorned herself with the second most valuable piece in the royal jewelry collection—the fabulous Nizam of Hyderabad diamond necklace—a wedding gift received by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
However, the Imperial State Crown, estimated to be worth a staggering 5 billion pounds (almost 6.5 billion dollars), will forever remain beyond the reach of the Princess of Wales.
The reason is that the Imperial State Crown is exclusively reserved for the reigning king or queen of Great Britain during their coronation at Westminster Abbey. As a result, Prince William is the chosen one to wear the Imperial Crown on the next coronation.
The Royal Family's Jewelry Collection
Experts from Cashfloat, who have meticulously evaluated the Royal Family's collection, revealed to the esteemed British daily Express the most valuable jewels it holds.
At the heart of this collection lies the awe-inspiring Imperial State Crown, a rare and stunning gem made of gold and adorned with an impressive array of precious stones, including 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls, and four rubies.
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Among the treasures, the second most expensive jewel in the royal collection is the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace. It was a radiant addition to Kate Middleton's regal charm when she was known as the Duchess of Cambridge, not yet bearing the title of Princess. She graced a lavish evening event at the National Portrait Gallery in London, wearing an elegant long green dress that perfectly complemented the necklace's beauty.
The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace holds not only aesthetic splendor but also historical significance. It was bestowed upon Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding gift five years before she ascended the throne. With an estimated value of 66.3 million pounds (approximately 85 million dollars), the necklace features over 50 diamonds set in platinum.
This precious necklace has adorned several royal portraits of the late Queen, making its mark before her coronation. Additionally, the Princess of Wales has been fortunate enough to borrow and wear it on various occasions in recent years.
While the Imperial State Crown remains an exclusive privilege reserved for the reigning monarch, Kate Middleton's radiant presence has been further enhanced by the resplendent Nizam of Hyderabad necklace. These priceless jewels not only celebrate the illustrious history of the British Royal Family but also stand as a timeless testament to the captivating allure of regal elegance.