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The story behind Kate Middleton's stunning jewels from the Dutch State Banquet at Buckingham Palace



Over the past three months, the world has seen a dazzling selection of British crown jewels, from Meghan Markle's Diamond Bandeau from Queen Mary to Princess Greville's Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara. Tonight, the Duchess of Cambridge brought two more magnificent pieces from the vault for a state banquet in honor of the King and Queen of the Netherlands at Buckingham Palace.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace confirms Vogue Kate Middleton wore the Lover's Knot Tiara, paired with Queen Alexandra's wedding necklace. They were first discovered by the Duchess through the window of a Bentley hanging delicately around her head and neck.

The Tiara of the Lover Knot is pretty much jewelry, containing 1

9 diamond bows decorated with 38 drop beads. It was commissioned in 1913 by British jeweler Garrard for Queen Mary.

Eventually it was passed on to Queen Elizabeth, who later gave it to her daughter-in-law Princess Diana as a wedding present. Throughout her time as Princess of Wales, Diana often wore her, so much so that she became one of the most famous tiaras in the British royal family.

Kate Middleton has continued her prominence. She served in diplomatic receptions in 2015, 2016 and 2017, suggesting that she, like her deceased mother-in-law, has a special affinity for the jewel.

This is the first time that the Duchess of Cambridge has publicly worn Queen Alexandra's wedding necklace. As the name implies, Queen Alexandra wore it to Edward VII on her wedding day in 1863.

  Princess Alexandra

Alexandra was a Danish princess who, at 16, became the wife of the Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne. During her time as Princess of Wales and Queen Consort, she was world-famous for her glamor and fashion taste – which sounds a bit like Kate Middleton herself.


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