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.
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.
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.