Kate Middleton Swapped Heirloom Earrings for an Affordable French-Girl Favorite

Kate Middleton often turns to heirloom jewelry for official engagements, from Princess Diana’s double-drop sapphire and diamond earrings (as seen at Trooping the Colour last weekend) to Queen Elizabeth II’s Greville chandelier earrings (which she wore for the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Princess Rajwa Al Saif earlier this month).

For an appearance at Royal Ascot on Friday, though, the Princess of Wales opted for a more affordable jewelry choice, in the form of Sézane’s Esmee earrings, a gold filigree design featuring black beads. The royal paired the accessory with a scarlet dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Philip Treacy (both go-to designers for her), along with a matching clutch by Hermès and Jennifer Chamandi pumps.

The Princess of Wales wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress at Royal Ascot, along with statement earrings by Sézane.

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It’s not the first time that Kate has worn Sézane, a Parisian brand founded by Morgane Sézalory back in 2013. On Christmas Day last year, the royal paired the label’s Diana earrings with a khaki coat by Alexander McQueen. Meanwhile, on a visit to Belize in March 2022, she opted for the brand’s oversized Charlie earrings, featuring large blue beads.

With Sézane committed to using more sustainable materials, it makes sense that Kate Middleton is such a fan of the brand. Whether it’s sporting heirloom pieces or opting for eco-minded brands, the royal is increasingly taking a more conscious approach to her wardrobe—and that goes for her jewelry box too.

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