Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Duchess of Cambridge wears Queen Mary's Lover's Knot tiara
Earlier tonight in London, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Buckingham Palace to attend the annual Diplomatic Reception, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. It is a private event, and photos are not released to the press.
Thus, the only glimpse of the Duchess is in a car - and wow! She is wearing a tiara that few of us expected her to wear, at least, until she was the wife of the heir apparent.
The Queen has lent to Catherine the Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara. This particular tiara has a storied history. Queen Mary had the tiara made in 1913, and it was modeled after a tiara owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta, wife of the Duke of Cambridge. This tiara was given to Queen Mary's Aunt Augusta.
In 1981, the Queen gave the tiara as a wedding present to the Princess of Wales (nee Lady Diana Spencer.) The tiara was not a personal gift to Diana, but to the wife the Prince of Wales, the heir apparent. After the divorce, the tiara (and other jewels) were returned to the Queen.
I believe Diana first wore the tiara at the State Opening of Parliament in November 1981.