Queen Mother wore Princess Kate’s ‘beautiful’ tiara in unusual style

Lotus Flower tiara: Expert discusses the 'delicate' jewels

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Princess Kate stepped out with Prince William to represent the Royal Family at the annual Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening. She wore a floor-length, long-sleeved red gown by Jenny Packham which she paired with diamond earrings that belonged to the Queen. But it was her choice of tiara which really stood out.

The Princess of Wales wore the Lotus Flower Tiara to the Palace reception, a stunning floral piece she has worn on occasion in the past.

Like she did on Tuesday night, Kate paired a red gown with the Lotus Flower Tiara at a State Banquet honouring China’s President Xi Jinping in 2015.

Kate wore the Lotus Flower Tiara for the first time in 2013 for that year’s Diplomatic Corps reception.

But before Kate wore the diadem, it was worn by Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, the latter of whom had the tiara made.

The Queen Mother commissioned the royal jeweller Garrard to create the Lotus Flower Tiara in 1923 using gems from a wedding necklace she had been gifted by King George VI.

She later gifted it to her younger daughter Margaret, who continued to wear it throughout her life.

A central lotus flower sits proudly among an arch of smaller lotus flower motifs, and it is encrusted with precious diamonds.

Fitting for the 1920s era the jewel was crafted in, the Queen Mother tended to wear the Lotus Flower Tiara low on her forehead.

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On Tuesday night Kate wore the diadem high on top of a voluminous hair-do, the same way the Queen’s sister Margaret used to too.

This is also the way royal bride Serena Stanhope wore the diadem when she married Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley, now Earl of Snowdon, in 1993.

Royal fans online were keen to praise Kate for wearing a different tiara on Tuesday as the Princess usually wears the Lover’s Knot Tiara her late mother-in-law Princess Diana adored.

The whimsical pearl diadem is adorned with pearl drops among looped patterns, and Kate has worn it to several banquets in recent years.

Instagram user @kuxubense said: “I personally like very much the fact [Kate] is wearing a different tiara.

“I understand the Lover’s Knot has a special meaning, but she has everything to leave her personal mark as Princess is Wales and not the re-make or the forever tribute.”

Another user, @nelsonvolini, wrote: “I love the way the tiara and hair are styled. It’s giving me young Anne vibes.”

The Queen Consort also stunned at the event in the Belgian Sapphire Tiara which she recently debuted for a State Banquet in November.

@stefanroberts said on Twitter: “Do we detect a favourite??

“HM The Queen once again looking stunning in the Belgian Sapphire set at last night’s diplomatic reception.

“HRH The Princess of Wales also looking beautiful in the Lotus Flower Tiara.”

The Belgian Sapphire Tiara was acquired by the late Queen to match the necklace and earrings she was gifted by her father King George VI when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

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