Seeing as Kate is the Duchess of Cambridge and all, we hope that she will eventually wear the gorgeous, antique Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara. With its dangling pearl drops and dainty diamonds, what a sight that would be!
We imagine Kate won’t wear it for quite some time since it appears that she has the Cartier Halo Tiara at her disposal and it really is the perfect starter tiara to work with for the time being. In case you need a refresher, the Cartier Halo Tiara is the one lent by the Queen for Kate to wear on her wedding day.
One big hint that we’ll see Kate wear this again: Kate’s parents gave her earrings that match the Halo Tiara very well. No doubt Kate intends to wear both the earrings and tiara together at future tiara events (we can’t wait for that!). The earrings were specially designed by Robinson Pelham to feature the acorn in their new family crest and they looked just lovely on the wedding day; big enough to be noticed and significant and yet not too blingy. if you look closely at the photo below, you can see that the scroll on her earlobe matches the scroll of the tiara. Clever!
Here’s another look at the gorgeous earrings. See what we mean with the scrolls?
Once Kate has earned her ‘Royal stripes’ so to speak, and has put in some quality time as a full working royal, we think she’ll start to bust out some more serious jewels. It’s a smart strategy. Hopefully the Cambridge Lover’s Knot will be one of the serious pieces Kate will add to her repertoire. We image that she’ll bring out a tiara like this around the same time that she is honoured with the family Order. We know that this tiara is strongly identified with Princess Diana (along with some of the other jewels of Diana’s we hope she wears, more on that later) but hopefully that won’t deter her.
As we all know, the Queen lent Diana this tiara for her use on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Charles (when the Prince and Princess divorced, the tiara was returned). Diana chose to wear the Spencer Tiara for the wedding, but did wear the Cambridge Lover’s Knot on numerous occasions. She said it gave her headaches, but come on! To be able to wear this piece, a headache would totally be worth it. Don’t let that stop you, Kate!
This tiara has a lot of history. It was commissioned in 1913 by Queen Mary; she wanted a design that was similar to one her grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse owned and that had been made for her in 1818 on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of Cambridge. Here is a portrait of Princess Augusta in this original tiara:
And here is Queen Mary in the version that she commissioned:
The pearls on the top of the tiara we see above could be removed and Queen Mary wore the tiara both with and without these pearl spikes. Not entirely sure if this is still the case; if you know, please fill us in! Queen Mary was Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, and when she passed away in 1953 this tiara was passed onto Queen Elizabeth.
Here is a beautiful, candid shot of Queen Elizabeth wearing the tiara en route to an event. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the matching earrings:
And here is one of our favourite portraits of Diana. She is wearing the pearl encrusted Catherine Walker “Elvis” dress with the gorgeous tiara and the earrings, which are partially obscured but the stand up collar. Princess perfection and Diana knew it, you can see it in her eyes here, don’t you think?:
So, are you with us?? Let’s put out good vibes so the Queen suggests that Kate eventually get this little number out of the vault. If it’s done all in good time, it would be gorgeous and so appropriate on her! And what other royal lady would the public be happy to see wearing this? Exactly. This tiara can’t stay hidden away for ever!
Updated December 2015: We are happy to wore this that Kate was loaned the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara for the annual Diplomatic Reception held at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2015. Here is a photo of her wearing it as she was driven through the gates of the Palace. So happy to see her wearing this piece! This is the third tiara that Kate has worn, so the Queen has certainly been generous.