Kate Middleton Borrows the Queen’s Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for wearing budget-friendly pieces, such as the $35 Zara necklace she rocked at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This time, though, the lovely princess opted for something a little grander because she is, after all, entitled to those royal jewels.

For her first royal engagement of the year, Kate attended the National Portrait Gallery gala wearing a gorgeous floor-length Jenny Packham gown. The dress was beautiful, but all eyes were on her necklace — the Queen’s Nizam of Hyderabad necklace.

Kate Middleton Queen NecklaceKate Middleton at the Portrait Gala 2014 fundraiser held at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, on February 11, 2014

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The necklace was a wedding gift for the Queen from an Indian monarch named Nazim. The drool-worthy jewelry piece, which was made by Cartier, has 38 diamonds, a detachable double-drop pave pendant made of 13 pieces of emerald-cut diamonds, and a pear-shaped center.

Here’s a clearer view of the necklace:

Nazim of Hyderabad Necklace

You can feel like a princess, too, with the following lovely alternatives we found:

Adia Kibur Short Crystal NecklaceAdia Kibur Short Crystal Necklace, $65

Juicy Couture Brillliant Blooms Gemstone Drama NecklaceJuicy Couture Brillant Blooms Gemstone Drama Necklace, $178

Kate Spade New York Estate Garden Statement NecklaceKate Spade New York Estate Garden Statement Necklace, $348

Kate Middleton’s gorgeous silk dress is available at Stylebop for a whopping price:

Jenny Packham Silk Gown3Jenny Packham Silk Gown, €4,059

Credit: WENN/Lia Toby/Daniel Deme/Craig Harris/Royal Collection

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