The Princess of Wales incorporated an iconic royal jewel into her Earthshot Prize Awards outfit tonight.
Kate, 40, attended the awards with her husband, Prince William, 40, who created the award.
As part of her eco-friendly outfit, which includes a dress rented from HURR, rather than purchased, she recycled a piece of historic jewelry.
The emerald and diamond choker, which matches the green theme of Kate’s outfit, belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who once wore the piece as a headband.
Princess Diana wears the famous necklace as a headband during a gala dinner dance at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 31, 1985 in Melbourne (pictured)
She was pictured wearing the necklace around her head during the 1985 Australian tour she undertook with her then-husband Prince Charles.
The royal donned the unusual headgear during a gala dinner dance at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 31, 1985 in Melbourne.
According to reports, the look was born out of a happy accident: the royal tried to put it over her head, but couldn’t put it over her nose, prompting her to comment: “My honker is too big.”
But Canadian diplomat Victor Chapman, who was present, recommended she wear the piece as is, describing the look as “young and fun, like you”.
Kate Middleton (pictured at tonight’s Earthshot Awards ceremony in Boston) opted to wear the choker more traditionally
Diana, Princess of Wales has worn the piece on several occasions, choosing to wear it as it was designed at several events.
Princess Diana chose to wear the piece on her head, which made headlines and set a new trend.
Queen Mary’s emerald and diamond choker was given to Queen Mary in 1911 by the Ladies of India.
It was given to Diana by Queen Elizabeth, on loan for life, after her marriage to then Prince Charles.
Tonight, Kate paired the jewelry with a long green stretch crepe dress rented on the HURR rental platform.
The Princess of Wales shows off the ‘pre-loved’ choker she wore to the event, pairing the green stones with her green crepe dress
The Princess of Wales donned a rented dress for the awards tonight, rented from HURR London (pictured with Prince William at the Earthshot Prize Awards at Fenway Music Hall in Boston)
The Sabrina dress, from Solace London, costs £74 a night to hire. It is described by HURR as a “modern floor-length dress with an exaggerated neckline”.
It features a ‘slim fit’ and a concealed-fastening belt to define the waist, as well as the brand’s signature high slit.
The royal finished her outfit by wearing her long shiny hair loose and styled in a side parting. Meanwhile, she chose dramatic makeup, pairing a cool base with dark smokey eyes and a natural lip.
Her outfit was designed to tap into the eco-friendly guidelines provided to event guests.
Earthshot ecological! William and Kate go all out for an environmental gala
- Three acres of locally grown plants will be on display at the event – and will be donated to community organizations after the gala
- Pots will be ‘wrapped in burlap’ to ensure they are as green as possible
- Customers are encouraged to “consider their clothes” and wear repurposed, vintage, or second-hand outfits
- Vegan and cruelty-free makeup is used
- Any catering provided will be vegetarian or vegan and sourced locally
- Attendees will walk on a ‘green carpet’, which was repurposed from last year’s event – and will be recycled after tonight’s gala
- All light fixtures will be powered by LED batteries and no gasoline will be used
- All unavoidable flights were logged and CO2e impacts were calculated and balanced through a ‘book and claim’ system using sustainable aviation fuel
- All talent transports in Boston are electric/hybrid
- Single-use plastics have been banned in all elements of production
Among them, guests are said to have received eco-friendly advice and rules to follow, with attendees encouraged to “consider their clothes” for the occasion and to opt for reusable or pre-bought sets.
Customer travel plans have also received environmental updates: all transport used with Boston being electric or hybrid and all “unavoidable” flights that have been taken have been “recorded and CO2e impacts calculated and balanced”.
Upon arriving at the event, guests are believed to have been treated to a host of eco-friendly measures, from plant-focused decor to vegan and vegetarian-only dining options.
Instead of a red carpet for the stars, last year’s green carpet is repurposed – and then it will be recycled.
BBC Studios, which is hosting the event and won a BAFTA for last year’s show, flew more than 10 staff out of a team of 150, hiring local businesses instead.
No gas lighting will be used, all fixtures being powered by LED batteries and charged locally in Massachusetts.
The star hotel is within walking distance of the site and everyone is encouraged to use the tram or take a fleet of electric and hybrid taxis.
Even the makeup used is largely vegan and certified cruelty-free, while the food served to stars and crew is plant-based – and there’s a ban on single-use plastics.
Both the entrance and the event itself feature more than three acres of plants, including New England-grown evergreen and deciduous trees — “all native and locally grown,” according to Earthshot’s new CEO. , Hannah Jones, formerly Nike’s first director of sustainability.
All flowers were all grown locally within a 100 mile radius of MGM Music Hall in Boston. Most are plug plants, wrapped in burlap to keep them as green as possible and will be donated to a local community organization after the show.
Earthshot CEO Hannah Jones said: “We are an environmental organization and we will diligently strive to consider our own environmental impact in everything we do.”
“We encourage everyone who comes to the awards to choose the least polluting option possible. What is not will be compensated.