Queen Elizabeth provided Meghan Markle with some new sparkle for their first solo outing together

By Erin Hill
June 14, 2018 08:48 AM

Queen Elizabeth provided Meghan Markle with some new sparkle for their first solo outing together.

The monarch gave her new granddaughter-in-law an elegant pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings, which appear to be a smaller version of her own.

The Queen is rarely seen without her pearl accessories. She regularly pairs her pearl necklace and matching earrings together on royal outings.

One of the best perks about having the Queen as your grandmother-in-law is the access to her royal jewelry box! Kate Middleton has borrowed several amazing pieces from Queen Elizabeth over the years.

Meghan Markle
| Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Meghan Markle
| Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In 2016, the royal mom wowed during her first-ever solo trip abroad, and she marked the special occasion in a pair of stunning pearl and diamond earrings, which belong to the Queen.

Kate wore three major pieces from Queen Elizabeth’s private jewelry collection at a state banquet in 2015. The crowning accessory was the Lotus Flower, the beautiful pearl and diamond tiara headpiece that dates back to Queen Elizabeth’s mother in the 1920s.

Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle
| Credit: Press Association via AP Images
Meghan Markle
| Credit: Anthony Devlin/Getty

Perhaps the most famous piece of royal jewelry Kate borrowed is also her first: the delicate Cartier “Halo” tiara she wore on her wedding day in 2011.

RELATED VIDEO: Meghan Markle’s Outing With the Queen ‘Is Happening at Triple Speed’

From heirloom tiaras to world-famous diamonds, the Queen’s jewelry collection is something to be envied. But despite her impressive collection, the Queen isn’t the biggest fan of all that glitters.

  • Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!

In a revealing documentary that aired earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth spoke rather matter-of-factly about the royal jewels — and there’s no denying her sense of detachment. While she takes the Crown Jewels’ cultural and symbolic role very seriously, she’s just not interested in jewelry on its own, an expert said.

“The Queen is entirely disinterested in jewelry as a person,” said Alastair Bruce, who spoke with the Queen for The Coronation documentary.

“There are plenty of people I know who are excited about what they have in a box in their bedroom. The Queen is the guardian of a considerable quantity of jewelry, setting aside the Regalia, but “I don’t see her as somebody who’s particularly interested in diamonds and sitting there [cooing over them] like Elizabeth Taylor.”