Ode to Diana! Princess Kate Pays Tribute in Her Late Mother-in-Law’s Tiara

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kate Middleton Wears One of Princess Diana’s Beloved Pearl and Diamond Tiaras: Photos.

Arriving at the Queen’s annual Diplomatic Reception in a chauffeur-driven Bentley, Kate was wearing, appropriately, the dazzling diamond and pearl Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, once owned by Princess Diana. No, you are not having some kind of Duchess of Cambridge-fueled fever dream (though it’d be understandable if you were, since we have one every day around three P.M.): Kate Middleton did wear a tiara quite recently—on October 20, 2015, in fact. It was a copy of one owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who married the first Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of King George III, in 1818. Kate and Prince William attended the annual white-tie event, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, which all senior members of the royal family are expected to turn out for if they don’t have a prior engagement.

That was just the third time she opted for, as Mariah Carey would put it, “a tiara moment.” And now, yes, less than two months later, she has gone back to the tiara well once again, as it were. In 1981 she gave it as a wedding present to Prince William’s mother, Diana, who wore it for the first time at the state opening of parliament that November.

The lover’s knot motif was popular in the 19th century, and Princess Diana wore the tiara — which was a wedding gift from the Queen in 1981 — on numerous occasions. Buckingham Palace was unable to confirm last night whether the tiara had reverted to the Queen on Diana’s death and had now been given to Kate, or whether it was just on loan for the night. This was Kate’s fourth time in a tiara since marrying Will in 2011, but this diadem is special as it was often worn by Will’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

The tiara has a strong French influence, made to a new-classical design on 19 open work diamond arches and enclosing an oriental pearl drop from a diamond lover’s knot bow, surrounded by single diamonds and upright oval pearl spikes. Although details of the event are not published in advance and no photographs are released to the media, the white-tie Diplomatic Reception is the main ambassadorial social event of the year in London. Middleton paired the royal accessory with a powder blue gown and the same diamond drop earrings she wore to the China state dinner in October, the event where she wore another family heirloom — the Lotus Flower Tiara. Commissioned by Queen Mary (the present Queen’s grandmother) just before the First World War, it was modelled after one worn by her own grandmother, the duchess of Cambridge. (There are multiple versions of the popular design in European royal vaults.) Large natural pearls hang down from 19 diamond lover’s knots (hence the name). As reported at the time, Middleton wore Queen Elizabeth’s tiara, which was created from a pearl and diamond necklace, with a stunning red Jenny Packham gown.

Diana showcased the splendid headpiece at official dinners in New Zealand in 1983 as well as Hong Kong in the same year – accessorised with a diamond necklace given to her by Charles on Prince William’s birth. She wore a dashing black and white dress for an audience with King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz al Saud on a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1986 with the tiara.

And in 1991, the tiara was chosen to complement a dashing one-shoulder gown to attend a state banquet given by President Collor of Brazil at the Itamaraty Palace, Brasilia, in 1991.

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