Tribute Kate Middleton paid to Princess Diana
As a tribute to Princess Diana, The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wore the Lover’s Knot tiara formerly possessed by late Princess Diana.
Also known as the Queen Mary Lover’s Knot Tiara, this work of art is a replica of an 1818 model based on one owned by Queen Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse. Originally, it was made for Queen Mary in 1914 and has been worn many times by Queen Elizabeth II. Diana received the tiara from the Queen when she wedded Prince Charles’. Despite deciding not to wear it at her wedding, Diana was fond of this tiara, though she formerly admitted its heavyweight gave her pain in the head. The tiara was given back to the queen when Diana and Charles’ divorced, and it was not seen again until Kate wore it in 2015. It has since become a well-liked option for Duchess for state dinners and diplomatic events.
Kate, the Duchess, was looking cheerful as she reached the reception dressed in a regal blue velvet ball gown stitched by her wedding dress fabricator Alexander McQueen, and the tiara wasn’t the only thing she borrowed from the royal jewelry box. The Duchess of Cambridge was also noticed wearing the bejeweled Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, a piece that comes from the Queen’s personal collection. It has been worn by Kate on many events previously but was originally gifted to a young princess Elizabeth back in 1947 by Asaf Jah VII, the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Kate was accompanied by Prince William, 37, who looked elegant in a coat with a white bow tie. Kate and William were joined by other people of the Royal Family. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles followed behind. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not present at the event as they were on a six-week break from royal commitments. The couple were also not present in the Queen’s meeting with President Trump and other NATO world leaders at Buckingham Palace, which was held a week before this event. For the evening, the Queen was spotted wearing a white gown with white netting detail by the fabricator Angela Kelly.
The Cambridges reached Buckingham Palace to commemorate the yearly white tie Diplomatic Corps reception hosted by the Queen.
The grand event is held every December and foreign ambassadors based in the UK are also present, highlighting the significance of the monarch’s international ties.