Although tiaras have become a symbol of status for women within the royal family’s hierarchy, they are only worn on very special occasions. There are some strict protocols that dictate when it’s appropriate to don a tiara: Kate Middleton, for example, wears hers no more than twice a year. However, it seems like the new Princess of Wales is poised to don a tiara soon—her very first since Queen Elizabeth’s passing.
Kate Middleton owns three tiaras
Whether you’re born royal or you marry into the family, your first official “tiara moment”It will most likely be worn on your wedding. Kate Middleton first wore a glamorous headpiece at Prince William’s 2011 marriage. Middleton received the Cartier Halo tier from Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the occasion.
This stunning piece features 739 brilliant-cut and 149. baton-cut diamonds. Middleton has yet to re-wear the stunning jewels, but since tiaras are traditionally lifetime loans, it’s assumed that she still owns the headpiece.
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Middleton wore the Lotus Flower Tiara first time in 2013. The original purpose of the tiara is to be worn as a necklace by Queen Mother, who passed it on to Princess Margaret. It was worn by the princess many times until her death in 2002. The jewels remained in the royal vault for over ten years before the queen gifted them to Middleton, who’s worn the tiara twice since.
Still, neither of these headpieces seems to be the princess’ favorite. That honor is reserved for Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara. Middleton wore the iconic headpiece for the first time in 2015 and it immediately attracted a lot of attention.
The Lover’s Knot was a favorite of Princess Diana’s, so royal watchers immediately recognized the piece. Middleton has since worn the Lover’s Knot more than any other tiara—a total of eight times to be precise.
Kate Middleton – Next ‘Tiara Moment’
The COVID-19 pandemic halted the host of formal receptions the royal family used. In December 2019, Kate Middleton was last seen in a tiara. So, there’s a reasonable amount of excitement for the upcoming banquet to honor President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa. The visit will mark King Charles’s first state visit as a king and will take place in November.
While there’s no guarantee that the Princess of Wales will don a tiara for the event, state banquets are the most common occasion for royal women to wear the headpieces. It remains to be seen. Which tiara she’ll choose. It’s reasonable to guess she’ll select Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot since it’s not only her clear favorite but it was also preferred by the last Princess of Wales as well.
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We must remember, however, that Queen Elizabeth had a vast collection of jewels, which included at least a dozen Tiaras. There’s some conflicting information as to who will actually inherit the queen’s legendary jewelry collection. There’s a general consensus that certain pieces will be gifted to various members of the royal family while the bulk will fall to Queen Consort Camila, although the details will likely remain a private matter.
So, there’s a very real chance that Middleton will don one of Queen Elizabeth’s personal tiaras for the upcoming banquet. We can expect Middleton to be as elegant as ever, regardless of which tiara she chooses.