Kate Middleton Wears Princess Diana's Favorite Tiara For The First Time, Only Fourth Time Duchess Has Donned Royal Jewels

Tara West

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is rarely seen in public wearing a tiara. In fact, since her 2011 wedding to Prince William, Kate has only donned the royal jewels on four occasions which included her wedding day. In her latest tiara moment, Kate paid tribute to her husband's late mother, Princess Diana. The beautiful diamond tiara with pearl drops was one of Diana's favorites, and she was frequently photographed wearing the piece, called the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara. Kate Middleton wore it for the first time at the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. The Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara is only the third tiara that has graced the head of the duchess and only the fourth time the fashion-forward Duchess of Cambridge has worn a tiara to date.

The Daily Mail reports that the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, arrived at the Queen's Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace wearing the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara for the first time. The beautiful diamond and pearl tiara is a stunner and was once owned by Princess Diana. The tiara made its way to Diana after it was given to her as a wedding gift by the Queen.

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Now it seems Kate Middleton is taking her turn with the tiara and is likely paying tribute to the late Princess Diana by selecting the tiara for her Diplomatic Reception choice. Though the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara to the reception, we shouldn't get too used to seeing the duchess sporting royal jewels.

Kate Middleton doesn't wear tiaras often and instead focuses on a more approachable and fashion-forward look. The duchess has only worn tiaras on four occasions since becoming a member of the royal family in 2011, and Diana's favorite tiara is only the third tiara she has ever worn in public. The first tiara worn by Kate Middleton was on her wedding day. The Duchess of Cambridge chose the Cartier Halo tiara for her nuptials to Prince William. The Cartier Halo tiara featured nearly 1,000 diamonds and was made by Cartier in 1936. The beautiful tiara was only worn once by the duchess.

In addition to the Cartier Halo, Middleton has also donned the Lotus Flower tiara on two separate occasions, one to the Diplomatic Reception in 2013 and to Chinese president Xi Jinping's banquet in October of this year. Middleton stunned at Jinping's banquet in the exquisite tiara with many noting how regal she looked in her red dress and the dainty Lotus Flower upon her head.

The Lotus Flower tiara is a lightweight tiara which originally belonged to the Queen Mother. It is noted that the tiara was first a necklace before being redesigned into a tiara. Prior to breaking out the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, the Cartier Halo and Lotus Flower tiaras were the only ones to grace the Duchess of Cambridge's head.

With Kate Middleton wearing two different tiaras in one year, should we expect the royal to start including tiaras in her everyday attire? The answer remains unclear, but one thing is certain. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, sure knows how to turn heads at royal banquets. Do you think the Queen is encouraging the duchess to utilize the crown jewels for special occasions despite her traditionally less flashy ways?

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