The Duchess of Cambridge paired the pearl bracelet with a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Duchess of Cambridge has paid a subtle tribute to Princess Diana by wearing a pearl and diamond bracelet that once belonged to her late mother-in-law.

Kate, 39, wore a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress at last night's G7 summit as she joined the Queen, senior members of the royal family and world leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The mum-of-three, who wore her hair in loose waves, accessorised with nude heels and a white clutch bag.

In a sweet gesture, Kate finished off the look with a three-strand pearl bracelet that royal fans noted once belonged to Princess Diana.

The bracelet features three strands of pearls and a diamond clasp
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The bracelet, designed by Nigel Milne, was worn by Diana on a number of occasions including during a visit to Hong Kong in 1989 when she paired the jewellery with a pearl-embroidered dress and the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara.

It's not the first time Kate has worn the accessory, she was first spotted wearing the bracelet in 2017 in Berlin, and again in 2018 during her and Prince William's royal tour of Sweden.

Both Kate and sister-in-law Meghan Markle have been seen wearing items of Diana's jewellery before.

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Prince William proposed to Kate in 2016 with his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring and the Duchess of Sussex wore an aquamarine cocktail ring that once belonged to Diana on her and Prince Harry's wedding day.

After their mother died in 1997, Harry took possession of the engagement ring and William is believed to have chosen a Cartier watch from Diana's jewellery collection.

Princess Diana was seen wearing the bracelet during a trip to Hong Kong in 1989
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Harry later gave the Duke of Cambridge the ring when Prince William decided to propose to Kate while on holiday in Kenya.

Kate is no stranger to borrowing pieces once worn by Diana. At state banquets she has been seen wearing the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, once a favourite of Diana's.

The Duchess of Cambridge's appearance at the G7 also saw her join the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William.

The Duchess of Cambridge paid a subtle tribute to her late mother-in-law
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Leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden, were pictured chatting to the royals.

At a separate event the Queen later prompted laughter from the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge as she insisted on borrowing a ceremonial sword to cut a cake during a royal engagement.

She was handed the sword by Edward Bolitho, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, for the task of cutting a large cake marking the Big Lunch at the Eden Project.

Kate and Camilla laughed as the Queen attempted to cut a cake with a sword
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When told by an aide that there was a conventional knife available, the Queen replied: "I know there is, this is more unusual".

As world leaders gathered at the G7 summit on Friday, Kate joined forces with First Lady Jill Biden to highlight the importance of early childhood.

The two women met for the first time on Friday at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, where they took part in a round-table discussion with experts on the importance of the early years of childhood for future outcomes.

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In the article, published by CNN, they say there must be a fundamental shift in how the UK and US approach the earliest years of life.

"If we care about how children perform at school, how they succeed in their careers when they are older, and about their lifelong mental and physical health, then we have to care about how we are nurturing their brains, their experiences and relationships in the early years before school," they write.

During their visit to a local primary school, the Duchess of Cambridge said she could not wait to meet her new niece Lilibet, the daughter of her brother-in-law Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who live in the US.

Kate told reporters: "I wish her all the very best, I can't wait to meet her because we haven't yet met her yet so hopefully that will be soon."