When Kate Middleton Put On A Certain Tiara, Her Nod To Princess Diana Got A Huge Reaction

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Kate’s fashion choices have also been put under particular public scrutiny. Since her wedding, in fact, she has worn a number of outfits to royal functions that have caught the public’s eye. But in December 2015 one particular item stole the show completely.

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Yes, photographers captured Kate wearing the famous Lover’s Knot tiara at the Queen’s annual Diplomatic Reception. This is one of the most well-known royal pieces – and a number of other members of the family have worn the tiara in the past. And the last person to wear it before the duchess was William’s late mother, Princess Diana.

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Yet the item has a much longer history than that. Queen Mary’s grandmother Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel actually wore the original Lover’s Knot tiara. That piece was eventually auctioned off in May 1981, however, with a buyer paying close to $750,000 for it in Geneva. But back in the 1910s, Queen Mary had a replica made for herself.

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