Kate Wears a $78,000 Necklace During the Day

07/19/2012 at 02:45 PM ET

Kate Middleton
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The Duchess of Cambridge sported a modest outfit during a pre-Olympics outing in London on Thursday, but her one seemingly simple accessory actually came with quite a hefty price tag.

Kate’s Olympic-style necklace is from Cartier and is said to be from her personal collection. It happens to come at a price of $78,000, too, a source at the store in London tells PEOPLE.

The necklace, from the Trinity range, is made from white and yellow gold and, with its five rings (capped with a large one at its pendant), she felt it was “appropriate” to wear for the event, which celebrated pictures of leading athletes at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Beyond confirming it was from her “private collection,” a spokesman at Kate’s office would not comment on the piece, or its price or whether she received it as a present.

–Simon Perry

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Jon on

Wow, what an expensive Necklace Kate is wearing, but it is nice, what a lovely photo!

Nikki on

Her personal collection…really? $78,000….amazing…

wendy on

She looks so lovely. Alas, my personal collection is from TJMaxx.

LucyMarie on

This poor woman canNOT win. If she wears the same clothes it is not princess like. If she wears something pricey she is not sensitive. Give her a break!

Vicki on

A necklace with 5 rings is truly a nod to the Olympics…quite a strech with that story title!

JJ on

Why spend that kind of money, borrrow the rocks from the Queen, show off the national treasures rather keep it all locked up…

Jennifer on

Seriously people, they are millionaires….I think she can afford it :/

Kim on

She looks beautiful..as usual. Who knows..the necklace could well have been a wedding gift from Cartier. I personally doubt Kate paid that sort of money for a necklace.

elysummers on

The Duchess is always beautiful.

Vanessa on

Jeez who cares? She’s the Duchess! She can wear pretty much anything she damn well pleases. Hearing that she is of more simple taste, I doubt she even chose this for herself. Quit ragging on her, at least she looks nice!

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