You guys! After waiting two years and eight months since Kate’s last tiara appearance (which of course was her wedding day), we have photos of Kate in another tiara. She and William were photographed en route to the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace this evening which in itself is quite a big deal since they have avoided these sorts of occasions in the past. Perhaps this is a sign that Kate and William are going to stepping more into full times roles now. WHatever the case Kate brought out the big guns for the occasion:
Instead of wearing the Cartier Halo tiara that Kate chose to borrow for her wedding, this time she is wearing the Queen Mum’s Lotus Flower Tiara which we recently featured in one of our posts. You can read all about the history of the tiara here (there’s a whole lot of history).
I wonder if Kate had a tough time deciding between the two tiaras for the wedding. Perhaps she ultimately went with the Halo since the lotus flower represents “estrangement” in the language of flowers. After all, the language of flowers was a major theme in the wedding and that obviously wasn’t the message she was hoping to give off, am I right?
Kate is also wearing a delicate-looking lace dress that has been confirmed as a bespoke McQueen creation. She also accesorized with a pair of STUNNING diamond chandelier earrings that were first seen on Kate at the BAFTA dinner she attended in Los Angeles back in the summer of 2011. Their provenance is unknown and has never been confirmed by the palace, so we’re assuming they were a private gift.
Here is a closer look:
This tiara is a great choice for Kate, since it is both pretty and delicate and incorporates both pearls and diamonds, which we know she loves. I mean, who wouldn’t? And bonus: this piece is not associated with Diana.
The tiara was originally owned by Queen Mary, who likely created it out of the diamonds and pearls from this necklace:
She in turn passed the tiara along to the Duchess of York after she married Bertie, who liked to wear the tiara low on her forehead as was the fashion of the time:
She in turn passed the tiara on to Princess Margaret
And before Kate wore it out this evening, the last person to be seen in public wearing this tiara was Princess Margaret’s daughter-in-law Serena Stanhope, who wore it on her wedding day on October 8, 1993. That’s over 20 years, kids!
It’s interesting that Kate decided to pull out something different for tonight and that she left the Halo Tiara and matching earrings in the vault – perhaps she really did love it back when wedding preparations were underway and jumped at the chance to bring it out this time? Updated: Turns out the Halo tiara is currently part of a Cartier exhibit underway in Paris. I’m all for the Lotus Flower Tiara being given another chance to shine. Also could this event be a reason that Kate didn’t attend the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace in support of Centrepoint recently?
If you’re in the mood for more tiara talk, check out these past posts: