Kate’s Borrowed Jewels Part Two: The Cartier Halo Tiara

In case you missed our post from yesterday, we are recounting the royal jewels that Kate has borrowed so far. Check out yesterday’s post by clicking here. Today we are diving into the background behind Kate’s first tiara.

#3 The Cartier Halo Diamond Tiara

There was a lot of speculation as to what tiara Kate would wear. We were thrilled it was this one. According to the official Royal Collection website, the tiara “is formed as a band of 16 graduated scrolls set with 739 brilliants and 149 baton diamonds.” Gorgeous!

This piece by Cartier was purchased by the then Duke of York for his wife Elizabeth (now most commonly known as the Queen Mum) shortly before his brother stepped down as King to marry Wallis Simpson. This is one of the few pictures we have of the former Duchess of York wearing it:
Here’s a closer look

The tiara was next passed onto Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her 18th birthday. Here is a picture of Margaret wearing the tiara (nice of her sister to lend it!). This is such a flattering picture of her! Love the rich lipstick.

Princess Anne was the next royal lady to wear the tiara, and wear it she did!

This tiara seems to have been her ‘go to’ tiara in her early years, before she got into wearing the Greek Key Pattern Tiara more often.

Check out the hair:

The tiara looks very elegant for this official portrait:

This brings us to Kate, the fifth royal lady to wear it and the first to do so on her wedding day.  On the morning of the wedding, it was announced that the tiara was on loan from the Queen.

It’s likely that this tiara will be the tiara Kate will wear for the foreseeable future. After all, the diamond earrings that her parents gave her as a wedding present were designed to echo the scrolls of the tiara. That’s a clue that the tiara was chosen well in advance, making the whole idea that Kate was planning to wear flowers in her hair (as was widely reported) null and void.

Please bring these earrings and the tiara out again soon, Kate!

And to end, a ghoulish shot of the tiara with Kate’s veil from the exhibit at Buckingham Palace.

If you think you’d like to try on the Halo Tiara yourself, check it out here. It looks pretty great, right?!


Categories: Duchess of Cambridge, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Royal Jewels, Royal Weddings, Tiaras


5 replies

  1. Beautifully detailed photos ~ thank you!

  2. the tiara with the veil at the exhibit WAS ghoulish! LOL

  3. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has not put a foot wrong a d the genuine love and friendship between her and Prince William is abundantly apparent.
    C and C seem more cool and distant!


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