As the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton entered a new chapter today as she attended her first dinner. But the former duchess chose Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, a tiara she had worn several times before.
The Princess also donned a white Jenny Packham dress, a pearl bracelet that originally belonged to Queen Elizabeth, and the diamond and pearl tiara. Princess Diana was a fan of the Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, which has now become Kate’s go-to accessory for official events. She has worn it nine times total. In December 2015, she wore it for the first time at the Queen Elizabeth’s yearly diplomatic banquet at Buckingham Palace. The following year, she picked it again for the same occasion, and she wore it once again in 2017 for the State Banquet for the King and Queen of Spain. For the diplomatic event in December 2019, Kate wore the headpiece for the final time.
The Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara served as the inspiration for the tiara, which was created for Queen Mary at the beginning of the 20th century. Kate had previously borrowed the tiara from Queen Elizabeth, but it is thought that since the late Queen’s jewellery collection was given to King Charles, Kate now borrows it from him.
The Queen Consort chose to wear a piece for the first time this evening, in contrast to Kate, who chose to wear a tiara she had worn previously. She decided on a sapphire and diamond tiara, necklace, and bracelet set. The late Queen Elizabeth regularly wore this ensemble, including in 2020 for a photograph ordered by the Canadian government.