Kate Middleton To Raid Queen Elizabeth’s “Exquisite” Jewels for Australia Tour

Kate Middleton looks royal in a red dress and fascinator.
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With just about a month to go until the tour of Australia and New Zealand, Kate Middleton can at least check one item off her packing list: Jewelry. And that's thanks to none other than Her Majesty, grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II.

"Although Kate won't be wearing tiaras on the tour, the Queen has given Kate total access to her private jewel collection so she can wear some exquisite pieces," a source tells Us Weekly.

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to have more than 30 outfit changes for the three-week trip, which means we can expect some amazing bling to accessorize her looks. "She has been allowed to pick out as many items as she needs," the source tells Us. "She's working with a wardrobe coordinator to put together her outfits."

While no details on which clothing designers Middleton will bring down have surfaced, she will be wearing a mix of store-bought and custom pieces. "A number of outfits she's wearing on the tour are off-the-rack pieces, however they're being tailored to her body shape," the source says. "The Queen's dress maker, Angela Kelly, and her team have been involved in a lot of the wardrobe prep."

The Antipodean tour begins in New Zealand on April 7 and then, on April 16, Kate, Prince William, and baby Prince George will move on to Australia. All in all, they'll have 48 engagements including a white water ride in Queenstown and a yacht race in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand.

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