Well I can’t quit now. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, shocked me this evening as she showed up to the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace wearing the tiara formerly worn and most closely associated with Princess Diana: The Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara.
Kate also wore the Queen’s diamond chandelier earrings she wore most recently to the State Banquet in October, and the blue lace Alexander McQueen gown she wore to the diplomatic reception in 2013. Royal aides officially confirmed Kate is wearing the Lover’s Knot tiara, by the way, it’s not just us identifying it.
UPDATE: Kate also wore Queen Mary’s diamond choker bracelet and the Queen’s wedding gift bracelet which she also wore to the Chinese State Banquet.
The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall all attended (the Queen hosted, obviously). I haven’t seen photos of Camilla yet but if/when I do I will update the article. Update: Camilla was not in attendance.
Oh, and Prince William was there, too. He looked a bit grumpy.
I’m in complete and utter shock right now. I didn’t think Kate would wear this tiara yet, and I think it should have stayed in the vaults for a while longer because of the inevitable comparison to Diana – which I am going to make myself (because it’s an excuse to post a throwback picture of Diana). I’m so surprised the Queen let her wear this one; I thought the Lotus tiara would be Kate’s go-to for a long while.
About the Lover’s Knot tiara, from the Daily Mail:
“The tiara was originally made by Queen Mary in 1914 to her own design from pearls and diamonds already in her family’s possession. 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. In her will Queen Mary left the tiara to to the Queen.”
The tiara was given to Princess Diana as a wedding gift in 1981. The tiara was a lifetime loan and reverted back to the Queen when Diana died.
PS. Blue eyeliner.
This is the third tiara Kate has worn in her 4 1/2 years as a royal. She wore the Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara for her wedding in 2011, the Lotus Flower Tiara for the diplomatic reception in 2013 and the State Banquet in 2015, and now the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara for the diplomatic reception in 2015.
Man, I wish I could be a royal and wear tiaras. Also, I’d really love to see both this tiara and this dress at an event where we can see full length photos. Obviously I want to get a full shot of Kate wearing this tiara, but I also really want to see what this dress looks like. Kate’s teased us with it twice – I want to know what it looks like!
PS. Jennifer pointed out to me on Twitter that Kate’s nose looks tweaked compared to the 2013 reception. Does it? I can see some subtle differences but it could just be make up and/or lighting.