This week the stunning Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, stepped out wearing her late mother-in-law’s favourite tiara, the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara.
Kate wore the iconic Tiara for the first time to the Queens annual Diplomatic Reception at the Palace Ballroom, with 1,500 guests, including her husband Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Tiara was originally given to Princess Diana by The Queen, who inherited it from her grandmother Queen Mary, as a gift on her wedding day in 1981 to Prince Charles. While Diana chose to wear an heirloom Tiara from her own family, The Spencer Tiara, the Cambridge Lovers Knot still became her most famous and precious piece.
The stunning design was composed using jewels that Queen Mary had in her personal collection; including the dismantled Some Ladies of England Tiara, the original Pearl Uprights from the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara, along with pearls from various Brooches.
The design was inspired by a Tiara that Queen Mary’s own Grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, the first Duchess of Cambridge, once wore. The original design featured upright pearls along the top, but Queen Mary eventually had them removed, leaving only the swinging pearls hanging from the 19 Diamond arches, capped with the iconic lovers’ knots bows.
When Queen Mary passed on the Tiara to Queen Elizabeth the II, it was worn regularly in the 1950s, but eventually put into storage in lieu of her other tiaras that she wore more regularly.
Once Queen Elizabeth gifted the Tiara to Diana, it became perhaps her most iconic piece of jewellery, after her Sapphire and Diamond engagement ring.
Pictured above is Diana when she first wore the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara to the State Opening of Parliament in November of 1981.
The Tiara has not been seen since Diana’s passing, though many expected Kate to wear it on her wedding day along with the iconic Engagement Ring that Prince William proposed with, that was also once Diana’s. It was definitely one of the highlights of the evening with many people excited to see Kate finally wearing the iconic piece.
We love Kate’s Royal Style, and with access to a jewellery collection that most of us would die for, we can’t wait to see what she wears next!