The Duchess of Cambridge won the affections of the entire nation earlier this year as she tied the knot with the UK’s most eligible bachelor, Prince William.

Last night (December 19th) at the Sun Military Awards, Kate Middleton carried on her tradition for provoking admiration after she wore a stunning ruby necklace to the event in honour of British soldiers.

Accompanied by her new husband and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, Kate wowed onlookers in a black Alexander McQueen gown worth more than £4,000.

Looking radiant and elegant, as any royal should, Kate inspired women in search of online jewellery everywhere as she paired the impressive necklace with dangling earrings.

The duchess managed to pull off the combination of two striking jewellery choices by wearing her hair down, which made the look more understated and sophisticated.

The mysterious necklace was given to her by a family friend who wishes to remain anonymous, however, one thing is for sure – they have fine taste in jewellery.

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