Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge wore a historic tiara last week. She attended a diplomatic corps reception at Buckingham Palace on December 6.
To the delight of her fans, the royal, who joined her husband Prince William, wore a dazzling tiara, the Lotus Flower Tiara. Royal fashion expert Miranda Holder has commented on the “modern” way to wear a tiara.
The style enthusiast explained the details to her 86,000 TikTok followers on her @themirandaholder account. She said: “There’s no such thing (a tiara) to scream ‘princess’, but did you know the way you wear them has evolved over the years?
“Tiaras are designed to sit at the front of the head so they are on the same plane as facial features. This means they can be easily admired and reflect a flattering light on the wearer.
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Another remarked: “As well as receding over their heads, they are also angled downwards. Early photos of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret show them more horizontal.”
“Previously, the base had to be the same distance from the center of the eyes as the space between the eyes and the chin,” wrote one tiara fan.
Miranda shared a few more details about the particular tiara that Kate wore. She claimed: “It’s beautiful, but it didn’t start out as a tiara. It was actually given to the Queen Mother as a wedding present by her husband, the future King George. It is customary for the royal family to have jewelry remodeled in It’s kind of like a royal form of upcycling.
Princess Margaret often wore the piece before her death, and Miranda said: “There was a lot of speculation about what happened to the piece until we saw Kate Belle wearing it in 2013. Kate has it. worn again in 2015, and of course it was his crowning glory last week.” The tiara is sometimes also known as the papyrus tiara, which is another word for lotus.
The royal tiaras that Kate has worn
The Cartier Scroll Tiara
Kate only wore this tiara once, on her wedding day. This is a diamond and platinum piece, created by Cartier in 1936. It was given to Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
The lotus flower tiara
It was the first tiara Kate wore after her wedding to Prince William in 2013 at a reception at Buckingham Palace. It was worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
Since then, Kate wore it again in 2015 at a state banquet honoring the President of China, Xi Jinping. The 2022 diplomatic reception last week was his first outing since.
The Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara
Kate’s most worn tiara, so perhaps her favourite, Kate has worn this tiara nine times. She first wore it to a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2015. She last wore the tiara last month to King Charles’ first state banquet, her first as a princess of Wales. This tiara was a favorite of Princess Diana and was often worn by her. It is believed to be very heavy to carry.