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Kate Middleton is making royal history.

The 40-year-old princess wowed royal watchers today as she wore significant jewelery linked to her new role for the first time – and also took part in her first state visit as the last Princess of Wales.

Joining her husband Prince William, 40, Middleton wore the historic Prince of Wales feather brooch to meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during the first day of a two-day state visit to the UK.

The piece has been worn by Camilla Parker Bowles and Princess Diana over the years as wives of the Prince of Wales – but according to jewelery expert Maxwell Stone of Steven Stone Jewelers it actually dates back to 1863 when the Princess Alexandra of Denmark received the brooch as a gift when she married the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII).

Kate Middleton wears a Prince of Wales brooch for her visit to South Africa
King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales welcomed President Ramaphosa to London.
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“As was the tradition at the time, various organizations around the UK presented Alexandra with wedding gifts,” Stone told Page Six Style. “One company was the Ladies of North Wales, who presented her with the striking pendant which highlighted the history of her new position.”

The stunning brooch, which Stone estimates at $400,000 today, weighs around 25 carats and features the Prince of Wales crest in the center of the pendant, along with sapphires and “small white diamonds, rubies and emeralds that may represent the Welsh flag.

The crest is surrounded by “18 Edwardian-cut diamonds and 36 small round-cut emeralds,” according to the jewelry expert, as well as a “detachable 15-carat green cabochon emerald” that dangles from the bottom of the sparkler.

Middleton also chose another piece of jewelry Princess Diana was known for during today’s visit, wearing her late mother-in-law’s Collingwood Pearl earrings.

The princess stepped out in her A fashion set to go with her brooch, wearing an Emilia Wickstead coat dress and matching pillbox hat by Sean Barrett Millinery.

The vintage-style berry coat is a custom piece from the New Zealand-based designer, who has been one of MIddleton’s go-to brands for years. The Princess added the same bow hat she wore in blue for Commonwealth Day in March, with the milliner creating a berry version for today’s visit.

Kate Middleton wears a Prince of Wales brooch for her visit to South Africa
Princess Diana wore the brooch as a necklace when she was Princess of Wales.
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The mum-of-three added burgundy suede Gianvito Rossi pumps and a coordinating Mulberry clutch to accessorize her look – which marks the sixth monochromatic head-to-toe outfit for the princess this month.

The sparkling moments won’t end with the Prince of Wales brooch today; tonight, members of the royal family will take out their tiaras and robes for a state banquet in honor of President Ramaphosa.

Kate Middleton wears a Prince of Wales brooch for her visit to South Africa
The Queen Consort was pictured wearing the Prince of Wales brooch in 2012.
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Kate Middleton wears a Prince of Wales brooch for her visit to South Africa

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