Kate borrowed her A Berry Royal Christmas earrings from another family member

The nation was glued to their screens on Monday night when Prince William, Kate Middleton and Mary Berry teamed up for A Berry Royal Christmas, a festive TV special which saw the trio working on various charitable projects and cooking up delicious recipes for their volunteers and supporters along the way.

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But as ever when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge, in addition to the food much of the focus was on her fashion choices, from the blue Emilia Wickstead floral number she wore to meet Mary at RHS Wisley in Surrey to the red pussybow Alessandra Rich dress she chose to host the show’s final Christmas party.

In the latter outfit, eagle-eyed royal fans even realised the earrings she’d chosen to accessorise with looked – well, rather familiar.

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And if you had the same inkling, you weren’t mistaken, as it turns out the delicate drop studs belong to the Queen, who has been pictured wearing them publicly on several occasions in the past.

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The diamond and pearl earrings date back Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee celebrations in 1977, and have been a favourite pair in her collection ever since.

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However, it’s not the first time Kate has borrowed the precious jewels – she also styled them with a power blue suit for her first solo royal engagement in the Netherlands all the way back in 2016.

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During the programme, Mary kept the pearl theme going with a coordinating necklace over her hot pink shift dress from Damsel in a Dress (which is currently on sale, FYI).

After meeting with the Cambridges, the cook said she was incredibly impressed by their dedication to the causes they’d chosen.

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‘They don’t just arrive and shake a few hands make a few smiles and a speech, they want to get involved, and they want to see what they can do,’ Mary explained.

‘And it isn’t just one visit, they come back again and ask for the results and they remember who they spoke to last time. I think that’s remarkable.’