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How Kate Middleton's engraved necklace is a subtle nod to mother-in-law Princess Diana

Mirror logo Mirror 11-08-2017 Nicola Oakley

Credits: . © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: . Kate Middleton's style is always in the spotlight, whether she's stepping out in an Alexander McQueen bridal gown or a flowing Jenny Packham dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge can elegantly wear both high fashion and high street looks, pulling off a Royal diamond encrusted tiara or a simple pair of earrings.

But what many might not know is that she's been wearing a necklace with a secret engraving dedicated to her family - and it also acts as a subtle nod to the mother-in-law she never knew: Diana, Princess of Wales.

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The £79 necklace was given to her by sister Pippa in 2013 to "continue the family tradition", bought from London boutique Merci Maman, whose designers took Diana as inspiration for the piece.

. Kate was spotted wearing the personalised chain in 2013 (Image: .) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Kate was spotted wearing the personalised chain in 2013 (Image: .) A simple gold chain, it bears a circular pendant with the engraving 'George Alexander Louis' alongside a small gold boy and a gold heart bearing the letter 'W' for husband William.

The gift echoes a necklace Princess Diana was given by husband Prince Charles after the birth of their son William in 1982.

Credits: Merci Maman Boutique © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Merci Maman Boutique

(Image: Rex Features) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc (Image: Rex Features) Diana's gold hoop necklace, commonly known as a 'torque', bore a gold disc - similar to that of Kate - with 'William' written in loopy handwriting.

The former princess reportedly wore her necklace mostly in private, but was pictured teaming it with a colorful polka dot dress at a polo match months after William's birth.

On a blog on the Merci Maman website, the connections with Diana are explained.

Credits: Rex Features © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Rex Features They write: "Family was one of the closest things to Diana’s heart so it’s no surprise that this shone through in her jewelry, featuring personalized pieces and meaningful charms.

"The young Lady Spencer owned a simple gold chain bearing her initial ‘D’, keeping her early jewelry minimal and personal.

"Upon the birth of Prince William in 1982, Prince Charles gave Diana the gift of a gold pendant engraved their new son’s name, which she always wore close to her heart.

Credits: Merci Maman Boutique © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Merci Maman Boutique "In 2013, Pippa Middleton continued this family tradition by giving her sister Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, our Personalized Duchess Necklace to celebrate the birth of Prince George. 

"Featuring a hand-engraved disc with the Prince’s full name, a small boy charm and a heart engraved with a ‘W’ to represent Prince William."

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It is not known whether Kate has had a jewelry update since the birth of daughter Charlotte in May 2015, but Merci Maman have introduced a new example of their 'Duchess necklace' on their website which includes Charlotte's name and a small girl pendant.

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