This week, we talked about Princess Diana’s most famous tiara. Today, we’ve got a closer look at the other tiara Diana wore during her lifetime: a royal jewel that originally belonged to Queen Mary.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been the exclusive wearer of Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara for several years. She often dons it for gala events like state banquets and diplomatic receptions. Today, we’ve got a closer look at the way she styled the tiara for the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2019.
For the 2019 reception, Kate wore a glamorous evening gown made of midnight blue velvet. The dress was made by one of Kate’s go-to sources for gala attire, Alexander McQueen. The gown featured dramatic long sleeves, structured shoulders, and a sweetheart neckline.
Kate pinned both of her British decorations, the Royal Victorian Order and the Queen’s Royal Family Order, to her gown.
Kate accessorized with diamonds and pearls for the occasion. She wore Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, which is based on the design of the original Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara from Mary’s extended family. The diamond and pearl tiara has only been worn by four royal women: Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate paired the tiara with additional diamond jewels loaned to her by the Queen. The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace helped to highlight the neckline of Kate’s gown. The Cartier necklace was one of the Queen’s wedding gifts back in 1947. With the tiara and necklace, Kate also wore the earrings from the Queen’s Pear-Shaped Diamond Drop Cluster Suite.
She finished off the look with rings on both hands. She wore her engagement, wedding, and eternity rings on her left hand, and a cocktail ring on her right hand. Sadly, the design of the right-hand ring isn’t able to be clearly deciphered from the photographs taken during the reception, but it appears to be set with either diamonds or pearls.