Kate Middleton Wears Princess Diana's Tiara to State Dinner at Buckingham Palace

Kate Middleton also graduated at the same time back in 2005
Kate Middleton also graduated at the same time back in 2005
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26 October, 2018

After the regal brides of 2018, the Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie, surprised us by choosing tiaras that hadn't been seen in decades for their weddings, the Duchess of Cambridge has joined this rather exclusive club by wearing a necklace that has been hidden in the palace jewellery box for years.

Since Queen Mary died in 1953 the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara has been handed down to Queen Elizabeth II who gifted it to Princess Diana when she Wednesday Prince Charles.

It is the second time that Kate has worn the family order, which she was awarded a year ago, after its first outing at the Diplomatic Corps reception in December.

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The tiara is over one hundred years old and now belongs to the Queen, though it once belonged to Queen Mary.

And since her death the glistening head piece has been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge who was most recently spotted wearing it at the state dinner during Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI's visit in 2017.

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Kate finished the look with the diamond and pearl Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara owned by Princess Diana, which she also wore to the Chinese state banquet in 2015 and the Spanish state banquet past year.

Diana also wore the tiara in 1985 on an official visit to Washington with Prince Charles.

A Kensington Palace representative told the Associated Press that there were crowd management concerns, and one royal aid reportedly said the event was "hot, humid and uncomfortably busy and there were far larger crowds than expected".

It was a wedding gift from Queen Victoria's son, the future King Edward VII, to his wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

The duchess donned one of Princess Di's tiaras, known as the Lover's Knot.

It's thought that the queen bestowed the order on Kate in December previous year.


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