Kate Wardrobe Update: All the Scoop on Her Favorite Jewels

08/07/2014 at 02:18 PM ET

In between organizing Prince George’s first birthday party and keeping up with her royal duties in London, Scotland and Belgium over the last few weeks, the Duchess of Cambridge has also been busy planning her wardrobe for Malta in September — her first solo trip abroad on behalf of the Queen.

While we don’t know which dresses will earn a rewear or what bespoke pieces she’ll bring along on her trip (commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence) we can be sure she’ll pack at least one piece from her favorite jewelry designer, Kiki McDonough, in her travel case.

Kate middleton kiki mcdonough earringsChris Jackson/Getty

“Catherine is as chic when dressed down as she is at formal engagements,” McDonough tells PEOPLE of her A-list client. “My jewelry is designed to be worn every day and she does this beautifully.”

McDonough’s not overstating her case. In the last week alone, Kate has worn two of her favorite Kiki McDonough designs — the Kiki Classic green amethyst and diamond cushion drop earrings (seen at the Tower of London art installation she attended) as well as the Kiki Classic citrine pear drop earrings (pictured above at the Commonwealth Games). With eight pieces total in Kate’s collection so far, McDonough’s designs could be on track to having their own place at the Tower of London crown jewels exhibit one day.

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Kate has been wearing the British brand, known for its vibrant gemstones and unusual color combinations, for many years — as has her sister Pippa Middleton who often pops into the Sloane Square store to make purchases for herself. “Pippa has a great eye for design,” reveals McDonough (adds her spokesperson: “She picks really cool pieces”).

But it’s another famous McDonough fan that has the most poignant connection to Kate: her mother-in-law, the late Princess Diana. “I designed a pair of earrings for the Princess of Wales to meet Barbara Bush in the USA,” McDonough says with pride.

Do you like Kate’s jewelry style? Would you like to see her mix it up more or do you love her classic taste?

–Monique Jessen

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Natalie on

Mix it up. She’s boring!

**amber on

Forget the wardrobe, check out those bags under her eyes!

Sal on

Always love an article about the Duchess. Natalie and **amber neither of you need to click on the story.

mary on

Although I think Kate is quite pretty, I think she should be careful about not sun tanning too much because she has as many lines around her eyes as I do and I am 53. I wonder if she is a smoker?

Lexie on

Both beautiful sets of earrings. She has great taste. Wish I could afford these things, but I can’t, and I don’t begrudge her, as she is so adorable. I won’t go into some of the ones here in the US that are distasteful…

Mimi on

The lines could be from tiredness (she had a baby you know), and even stress. Just because she’s royalty doesn’t mean that she doesn’t feel stressed when having to go to events that she’s never been to before. Always being scrutinized. That would stress me!
I think she’s a lovely young lady, trying very hard to do the best she can.

amy on

Ditto what Mimi said.

Lily on

Oh my goodness we all need to give the girl a break.
She is young with a young child, and working for the queen can not be easy.so all in all she does great

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