Worn selectively for big balls and banquets, Princess Kate Middleton’s Lover’s Knot Tiara is her most recycled headpiece. Debuted in 2015 at a Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace — the glittery crown has become Kate’s go-to accessory for grand occasions and special events.
With a special association to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, the iconic accessory holds sentimental value for Princess Catherine and her husband as well as the Spencer family. Still, despite the connection with Lady Diana, the piece belonged to Queen Elizabeth II who generously loaned the bejeweled tiara to her daughter-in-law.
The glittery ornament features dozens of diamonds and nearly 20 hanging pearls — the striking sparkler is sometimes referred to as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot.
Here are Kate Middleton’s 10 Best Lover’s Knot Tiara Moments:
In 2015 at a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, the future Princess of Wales wore a custom ‘duck egg blue’ lace evening gown from designer Alexander McQueen. Designed with a floral lace motif, the lacy bodice of this delicate dress perfectly accentuated the glamorous Lover’s Knot.
For the annual white-tie reception at the palace, Kate brought back Diana’s most famous tiara. The pearl and diamond sparkler is thought to have a French influence with open work diamond arches enclosing a pearl drop surrounded by upright oval spikes. At the winter ball at Buckingham, Kate dazzled in a custom red tulle Jenny Packham design with a fitted bodice and full skirt. The gorgeous crimson creation is distinguished by its lace bodice sprinkled with sparkling beads.
3. Summer 2017
In the summer of 2017, the then-Duchess of Cambridge put on a sensational sartorial display by donning a breathtaking blush colored Marchesa gown with delicate lace detailing paired with Diana’s signature headpiece. Worn for a state banquet with the Spanish royal family, the medieval dress looked majestic when accessorized with the infamous pearl and diamond showstopper. Still, on this summer evening Kate’s most eye-catching accessory competed with another sparkler: her diamond and ruby floral bandeau necklace on loan from the Queen.
4. Winter 2017
In December 2017, the expectant mom wore a Jenny Packham bespoke bridal gown (based on the designer’s Spring 2015 collection) which she paired with her Garrard Diamond and Pearl Lover’s Knot tiara. The Queen’s diamond chandelier earrings and diamond collet necklace added even more twinkle to this dazzling diplomatic reception gown.
5. Fall 2018
At a state banquet honoring members of the Netherland Royal Family, the princess wore an icy blue mermaid gown by Alexander McQueen paired with Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace; in addition, she donned a sash designating her new royal order. While Kate’s dazzling headpiece was significant, the bauble of the evening was her striking borrowed wedding necklace which features eight pearls surrounded by diamonds each connected by festoons of additional diamonds as well as three detachable diamond and pearl pendants.
6. Winter 2018
At the annual diplomatic reception, Kate brought the shine and the sparkle to the halls of Kensington Palace with her baby blue Cinderella gown from designer Jenny Packham. The cap sleeve ‘Bluebell’ ballgown features a cowl neckline and a glittery beaded bodice — the enchanted gown paired perfectly with Princess Diana’s beloved tiara. The stunning evening gown was later included in Packham’s 2021 Bridal Collection.
7. June 2019
A state banquet held in the summer of 2019 honoring then-President Trump was the perfect occasion for Catherine to try out her best angelic garb. Clad in a ruffled white Alexander McQueen, the duchess was flawless in an elegant layered ivory dress to host the leader of the USA.
8. December 2019
In a slinky dark Alexander McQueen the former duchess channeled Princess Diana’s Victor Edelstein dress worn dancing with John Travolta — Kate’s midnight hued floor-length gown bore a strong resemblance to Diana’s off-the-shoulder dress also in dark blue velvet. A far cry from her more Disney Princess attire — the elegant gown was a sophisticated and elegant choice to pair with the Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara. The princess also wore the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace and diamond chandelier earrings as well as a new matching marquis cluster cocktail ring.
9. November 2022
In one of her most sensational looks to date, the Princess of Wales looked like a goddess in a caped creation for King Charles’ first state banquet. Clad in the Elspeth gown courtesy of Jenny Packham — Kate’s bridal dress featured beaded shoulders, a keyhole back and long stretch crepe cape in bridal ivory. Accented with the Lover’s Knot tiara Kate brought Princess Energy to the palace.
10. June 2023
The princess wowed in Jenny Packham’s pink Georgia gown encrusted with allover sequins and embellished with tonal crystal embellishments for Prince Hussein’s wedding reception in Jordan. The pretty pink evening gown was a hit in royal circles as Princess Mary of Denmark also owns the sparkly style which offers a hint of Barbie influence. Finishing off the glitzy and glamorous ensemble, Kate added more wow factor with the Lover’s Knot jeweled diadem.