Kate Middleton wears a pearl necklace in tribute to the Queen, as she heads to Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales was photographed making a subtle tribute to the Queen as she and the Prince of Wales headed towards Buckingham Palace to receive Her Majesty’s coffin.

Dressed in a smart black ensemble, mother-of-three Kate, 40, donned an elegant pearl necklace when appearing with her husband Prince William, 40, en route to the royal London home. It’s thought she may have donned the simple jewelry option in a sweet nod to the late monarch, who was known to favor wearing pearls.

Earlier today, the Queen’s coffin left St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, and was flown to RAF Northolt, before being driven to the palace, where it will spend a night.

Senior royals, including the King and Queen Consort, were seen making their way towards the palace to receive the Queen’s coffin.

The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured) en route to Buckingham Palace to join other senior royals and receive the coffin of the Queen, which was flown from Edinburgh today

Kate, who looked downcast as she made her way towards central London alongside her husband William, donned a pearl necklace and earrings.  Her Majesty was a huge fan of pearls, which are traditionally worn by royal women when in mourning

Kate, who looked downcast as she made her way towards central London alongside her husband William, donned a pearl necklace and earrings. Her Majesty was a huge fan of pearls, which are traditionally worn by royal women when in mourning

The Duchess, who was dressed all in traditional mourning black, added a necklace featuring multiple strings of pearls, as well as pearl earrings. Pearls are often worn by royals when they are mourning, in a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria.

They were also a staunch favorite of the Queen, who regularly wore a pearl necklace, including following the death of her husband Prince Philip last year.

Arseiny Budrevich, founder of Budrevich Fine Jewelery Studio, told Express.co.uk that royals, notably Queen Elizabeth, loved pearls because they ‘represent the aristocratic virtues of liberality, magnificence and generosity’, and they ‘symbolise purity and chastity’.

‘Pearls have been associated with class, elegance and sophistication since the Ptolemaic dynasty in ancient Egypt, where the Royal Family wore pearls to show their status,’ he added.

This tradition was then passed down through the holy Roman empire to the French monarchs who carried it into fashion in the middle ages, where it was subsequently dispersed throughout Europe. This is when the British empire picked up the style.’

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arriving at Buckingham Palace

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arriving at Buckingham Palace

The car carrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex driving towards Buckingham Palace

The car carrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex driving towards Buckingham Palace

The state hearse carries the Queen's coffin through the gates of the palace as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause

The state hearse carries the Queen’s coffin through the gates of the palace as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause

The cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II heading towards Buckingham Palace

The cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II heading towards Buckingham Palace

When the Queen arrived at Buckingham Palace for the final time this evening, she was received by Royal Family members including the King, the Queen Consort, Princes William and Harry and their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

Mourners cheered and clapped in the rain as the new state hearse traveled down Constitution Hill and around the Queen Victoria Memorial as it slowed, then drove through the gates of the palace and through the central arch into the quadrangle.

Outriders stopped with their heads bowed at the end of the journey, while a police officer at the gate saluted.

People cheered ‘hip hip hooray’ after the coffin drove under the arch. Many lining the street put down their umbrellas as a sign of respect while some could be seen wiping tears from their eyes, while phone camera lights lit up the crowds.

King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace

King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace

Crowds gather outside Buckingham Palace, waiting to catch a glimpse of the Queen's coffin

Crowds gather outside Buckingham Palace, waiting to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin

Upon arriving at the Grand Entrance of the palace, a guard of honor was formed by the King’s Guard.

Her Majesty was received by all her children and grandchildren, including the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Shortly after witnessing the arrival of the coffin, Charles and Camilla left Buckingham Palace.

The Queen will stay in the Bow Room in the palace overnight before she is transported to the Palace of Westminster, where she will lie in state until Monday, September 19 – the day of her state funeral at Westminster Abbey and burial at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

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