The earrings Kate Middleton wore on her last appearance have a deeper meaning

Fashion and politics go hand in hand in many ways. What someone is wearing can send a message, and no one understands that better than Kate Middleton. She is known for her elegant sense of fashion and on-point accessories. Sometimes she uses that reputation to draw attention to certain issues, such as the ongoing war in Ukraine. Despite her royal status, Middleton is known for recycling or repeating outfits (via We Weekly† Even her engagement ring has a story as it used to belong to Princess Diana. It is clear that she knows how to let her fashion speak for itself.

The Duchess of Cambridge made a statement with her choice of accessories during her latest public outing. She wore a pair of gold honeycomb earrings to an event honoring the victims of a terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 (via People† The small detail has more meaning than you might think.

In particular, the earrings hinted at an important part of Manchester’s identity in the wake of the terrorist attack.

A message of unity and hope

The “Manchester worker bee” is a common sight in the city and represents the residents’ “hard work ethic” (via Manchester City Council† It’s on the city’s coat of arms, and you can find bees everywhere, from the streets themselves to shop windows, according to Visit Manchester† The bee symbol gained popularity after the attack on Manchester Arena in 2017, which killed 22 people and injured about 60 after an Ariana Grande concert (via The sun† The bee grew in popularity not only as a symbol of the city itself, but also as a sign of solidarity with the victims Radio X

It is therefore no coincidence that Kate Middleton decided to release these earrings for the event. In addition to the city’s own messages, thousands of people – including Grande – received bee tattoos to commemorate the tragedy and its victims. While Middleton doesn’t have a bee tattoo as far as we know, she’s no stranger to the insect. According to her, she and her brother are hobby beekeepers People† She has even given honey as gifts before, the outlet reported, although she chose a bouquet of flowers to honor the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

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