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Kate Middleton in Lotus Tiara

Kate Middleton Wears a Tiara Fit For a Queen

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Kate Middleton wore a gorgeous diamond tiara in London tonight for the annual white-tie diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace. The queen, Prince William, and Kate welcomed representatives from 172 different countries gathered in the ballroom. The high-profile and ceremonial event surely acts as training for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will someday be king and queen.

It appears Kate — who is also technically a princess — was wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara, which was previously owned by Queen Elizabeth's mother. The tiara was made for the Queen Mother from a diamond and pearl necklace she was given as a wedding present by her husband, King George VI. In 1959, the Queen Mother gave the tiara to her younger daughter, Princess Margaret, who once lived in the Kensington Palace apartment Will and Kate occupy today with Prince George.

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This is the first time we've seen Kate out and about wearing a tiara since her royal wedding day in 2011. That one, a 1936 Cartier "halo," was her something borrowed from the queen. See a photo of Kate in it below.

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Fourchette Fourchette 3 years
FYI Dana I know a LOT about the Royals, including the Windsors predecessors. The late Princess of Wales was an earl's daughter and hence styled "The Lady Diana, i.e. my [first name] analogy, which was my point [DUH]; prior to her grandfather's death she was a viscount's daughter and hence "The Honourable Diana Spencer." However, she was NEVER "Princess Diana"; she was HRH Diana, Princess of Wales and technically "Princess Charles" until her divorce at which time kept "Princess of Wales" but lost her HRH. I suggest you have a look at #9 here , and I'd add that someone who pluralize with apostrophes (i.e. "royal's") isn't in a position to hurl "dolt" at someone.
Dana3463999 Dana3463999 3 years
FYI FOURCHETTE Princess Diana was known as Lady Diana be for her marriage as that was her title so in all right so when she married Prince Charles she became Princess Diana read up on the royal's you dolt.
Meaghan15149464 Meaghan15149464 3 years
shes not royal by birth, so technically shes not royal at all shes dubbed duchess but other than that, an GEEZZ who gives a shit??? if she hadn't married the prince, NO oNE WOULD....
Fourchette Fourchette 3 years
The Duchess of Cambridge should NOT be known as "Princess Catherine." The Duchess of Cambridge is a royal by marriage, not by birth, and so isn't eligible to be "Princess [first name]," just as non-aristocratic women who marry titled men aren't styled "Lady [first name]." She is "Princess William of Wales," i.e. she takes her husband's title. Her late mother-in-law was actually "Princess Charles"; "Princess Diana" was a media creation. The Queen would have to create her granddaughter-in-law a Princess of the United Kingdom in order for her to be "Princess Catherine."
Dana3463999 Dana3463999 3 years
Princess Catherine as she should be known look's very stunning in the Tiara as she does with out one. Princess Catherine look's wonderful in any thing she wear's but that's not as important as the charity work she does sense she married Prince William. The day they came out of the Lindo Wing is the day she looked radiant with Prince William by her side and their Handsome son Prince George . They still look so much in love it's a nice change to see when so many have gotten a divorce . They look so much in love anf that is a wonderful thing to see even if it is in picture's. I hope that Prince George grow's up with the value's Princess Diana instilled in Prince William and Prince Harry may she r.i.p. A loyal fan of England's royal family now and for ever . Dana Terriah Ontario Canada
Nick-Maslow Nick-Maslow 3 years
She looks stunning, as always! I love it when the royals pay tribute to their traditions, and the tiara accomplishes just that.
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