Kate Middleton has been borrowing jewelry from Queen Elizabeth’s royal collection, but she was recently photographed with an old accessory that she previously owned.

While speaking with Express, Ben Johnson, the managing director at Miltons Diamonds, said that the mom of three was photographed with a ring while at this year’s Wimbledon.

At first, royal fans thought that Middleton’s ring was new, but it actually isn’t. In fact, the Duchess of Cambridge already wore the stunning piece in 2008 during her night out with Pippa Middleton.

“The ring looks like a very large citrine stone to me and judging by the size of it could be worth anything from £5,000 up to £20,000,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that Middleton is conveying a message with her decision to wear a piece of old jewelry from her personal collection. “If the Duchess did own this prior to her marriage, perhaps she has re-kindled love for her own pieces. It could be of sentimental value as a piece of jewelry that is hers alone and not borrowed from the Royal family's collection,” he said.

Additionally, the expert said that Middleton could be signaling her role in the royal family with her old ring. The citrine rock reportedly represents optimism, which can be used to direct personal will and decisiveness.

Meanwhile, Middleton reportedly employed a clever trick to have access to the Queen’s jewelry collection. A source recently told Grazia that Prince William’s wife forged a friendship with Angela Kelly, who is in charge of Her Majesty’s personal jewelry collection.

Since the two women are friends, Kelly allows the Duchess of Cambridge to borrow any accessory that she fancies.

Meghan Markle reportedly doesn’t have the same privilege since she just joined the royal family recently. There are also rumors suggesting that the Queen promised Prince William that she will not lend Princess Diana’s jewelry to Prince Harry’s wife.

However, the claims haven’t been confirmed by the palace.

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Kate Middleton visits The Foundling Museum on March 19, 2019 in London. Getty Images/Eddie Mulholland