Kate Middleton paid a subtle tribute to the Queen as she arrived ahead of the late monarch’s funeral.

The new Princess of Wales arrived at Westminster Abbey with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Queen Consort.

They arrived shortly after the Queen’s grandchildren, with Princess Kate wearing the Queen’s pearl necklace.

The pearl-and-diamond choker was also worn by Kate’s late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

It comes after Kate wore a three-pearl necklace as the Queen’s coffin arrived at Buckingham Place for the final time last week.

The necklace, featuring three strands of pearl, was a nod to the Queen’s favourite jewellery having grown fond of them as a child.

Speaking to the Express, Arseiny Budrevich, the founder of Budrevich Fine Jewellery Studio revealed the Queen may also have like them for another reason.

The expert explained how pearls “represent the aristocratic virtues of liberality, magnificence, and generosity”.

They added: “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.

“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 through Europe. This is when the British empire picked up the style.”