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[Updated Photos] Kate Wears Diana's Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara to Diplomats' Reception

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Be still my pearl-loving heart! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended this evening's Diplomatic Reception and Kate debuted a new tiara. She chose none other than the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara!


If you aren't paying attention, you might confuse tonight's snaps for similar ones taken in 2013. Kate has recycled the white, blue! lace McQueen which we still have never had a proper look at. She has also chosen the same earrings loaned to her from Her Majesty, but she has polished it off with this new tiara and her glamorous, and fast-becoming signature, chignon. 



I think there is universal surprise since this tiara is so very closely associated with Diana, Princess of Wales. It is my favorite tiara, and I am so thrilled Kate chose to wear it. Here is Diana wearing the pearl drop piece in a dress very much like the lace McQueen Kate has recycled:


Here she is in my favorite dress wearing the tiara. It really was a signature piece for her. I love, love, love it. 


Seeing Kate wear this tiara reinforces a theory I have presented in the past (Following an Icon: Kate & Princess Diana), which is that there have been so many outlandish Diana connections made since her tragic death, the public has overcorrected.
When Kate Middleton came on the scene, it was inevitable that comparisons between the two women could be drawn. While this seems like a natural connection, it can be taken too far, and the extreme end of the spectrum, such as that bizarre and almost macabre Newsweek cover, have been justly criticized. As a royal watching community, I think we have collectively swung the pendulum too far, though, in the "No Diana" direction. There is a happy medium between never comparing Kate to Diana and running overboard, as has certainly happened. After all, Diana must be a woman Kate looks up to and in some areas attempt to emulate. How could she not? Diana is her husband's beloved mother, and although she is gone, she is Kate's mother-in-law and the grandmother of her children. They have a strong connection which can and should be pointed out when appropriate.
I think this is one of those times that highlights the Diana connection. Kate is not ignorant of the connections, and clearly she and William are happy to highlight what is a treasured piece of family jewelry with a connection to a loved one.



Just like the ring on Kate's finger, this tiara is nod to Diana. It doesn't have to be taken to an extreme. We all have bits and pieces of jewelry, furniture, or other possessions that holds sentimental value as well as objective beauty. I am sure that Kate finds this a flattering tiara, just as Diana did, and just as thousands of other women the world over do, too.

I think it couldn't be more perfect for Kate, from the connection to Diana, to the connection between the tiara's name and Kate's title, to the pearls the Duchess loves so much and sports so often. It suits her. I hope she wears it to the State Dinner when the King Felipe and Queen Letizia make their visit...if she attends.



We will be seeing Kate tomorrow as she and William take attend ICAP's charity day. It is going to be a fun royal week! 

81 comments:

  1. Not. Dianas. Tiara! Sorry, but it just isn't! She wore it, yes. But it's in no way, shape or form hers!

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    1. Woah, woah, let's take a breath there. :) Who held title to the actual property is of little concern to me. This was Diana's tiara in the colloquial sense that she wore it throughout her marriage and wore it so often that it became very closely associated with her. It probably is her most iconic piece. How the royal family allocates jewelry and how they technically loan or give, etc, is not the focus. I assume that is generally understood.

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    2. Interestingly, Rebecca English is reporting that the Queen gave Diana the tiara as a wedding present. I agree with Jane that it's mostly irrelevant, but thought I'd share: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3351607/Duchess-diamonds-pearls-Kate-chooses-Princess-Diana-s-favourite-Cambridge-Lover-s-Knot-tiara-glittering-white-tie-Diplomatic-Reception.html

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    3. Thank you for sharing. That is very interesting! I could believe, or frankly, not to bring law into this, but the Queen could have given it to Diana as a life gift. So, it could have been Diana's property for as long as she lived, and then reverted to the Crown. It could have been "subject to divestment" i.e. it could have have been given to her with a clause that said if she divorced Charles that the Queen could take it back, or that it automatically reverted to her. There are all sorts of ways very valuable or historic property can be owned while preserving everyone's interests.

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    4. Sorry.. I didn't mean to take it out on you. You were just the last drop... sorry..

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    5. As to Rebecca English's tidbit, regardless of the terms of the wedding gift from the a Queen to Diana - was a gift such as this ever given to Kate??

      I wonder if Kate frequently borrows the earrings, or if they have already been gifted to her....

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    6. Rebecca, for anyone who followed Diana the way people follow Kate today, it is Diana's tiara. The symbolism here eclipses any other "details". :)

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    7. Actually Diana didn't wear this tiara the most as she didn't really like it. The tiara she wore the majority of the time was the Spencer tiara. Iconic photos do not make this her favourite, most worn tiara.

      The tiara belongs to HMQ and is not in the same ball-park as the engagement ring which was, very personally, Diana's.

      This is an historic piece, created for HM Queen Mary to her design and also worn by HM Queen Elizabeth as well as Diana. To label it "Diana's" is misleading IMO.

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    8. CP, Diana did love pearls and I do not think she wore this tiara unwillingly. It's true that she wore the Spencer tiara with pride (and rightly so!), but I do believe she was happy to wear this one.

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    9. CP, you are right. It is incorrect to label it as Diana's tiara, however it is mostly certainly heavily associated with her, although not her own personal piece. In recent history, no one except the Queen has worn it and that was eons ago. Even though Diana is obviously associated wirh her family tiara, the Spencer tiara was also worn (in recent history) by other female members of the family. So, in a way, the Cambridge tiara has been (in recent memory) very strongly linked to Diana.

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    10. Hi CP. I have to politely disagree with you on what makes something iconic. It is not judged on quantity. She also wore the Spencer Tiara often, that's factual, but frankly I think the Cambridge tiara beats the Spencer. It can be argued, certainly, but as I say, not based on math. :)

      My second question, and this is genuine, in what shape and form did Diana possess it? You have said very authoritatively that Diana didn't own it. Another reader has just as emphatically stated the same. Yet, a very knowledgable historian of royal jewels has stated the opposite--namely, that the Queen gifted the tiara to Diana on her marriage to Charles. In what manner Diana owned it is not as clear. Ella Kay says that "sources" say Diana returned it. That could have been an appropriate gesture on her part, or a legally mandated one if the gift was given with contingencies attached. I have already stated in this thread that the ways in which one can own property are many and they can include things like a life gift, which IS ownership. So, it seems you have insider knowledge the rest of the royal community does not. If you would enlighten on this, that would be great. :)

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    11. Yankee from CaliforniaDecember 8, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      Royalfan, you said it perfectly. I was such a Diana fan so when I saw Kate in this tiara today, I was positively thrilled. I loved Diana in this tiara, even though it was uncomfortable for her. And yes, the Spencer tiara was seen quite often, but I don't see Kate ever wearing that. So this was it! I know some find all of these Diana associtions "creepy," but I think it is a very normal thing in regular people's lives to wear jewelry from previous generations, to include someone's name in your child's. And Rebecca, I completely understand your reaction, but to me it is Diana's tiara as (temporarily) gifted by the Queen. That just makes it more special.

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    12. It also looks like Kate has her hair "pouffed" up behind the tiara- similarly the way she used to anchor the "Halo" tiara for her wedding day. Since she has more hair to work with than Diana, this tiara may be more comfortable for her.

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    13. I think it is easy to say Diana made this iconic, as she is more in our lifetime and her tiara collection isn't as large as the Queen's is/was. However, I think we just have to recognize Queen Mary did commission it from diamonds and pearls she already had, she willed it to Queen Elizabeth upon her death, and then it was gifted to Diana. Then tonight Kate debuted it.

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    14. So much fuss over a piece of jewelry. Diana's is who we associate with this tiara as there are far more photos of her wearing it than there ever were of Queen Mary. The Queen may "gift" whatever she likes to members of the family with the caveat that the piece remain in the family. It has long been reported that after the divorce Diana returned many pieces that were part of the family collection before she came along.

      As to the question of whether or not the Queen ever made such a gift to Kate, we must always remember that Kate is not yet Princess of Wales and that there is still a generation between her and the throne. This was not the case with Diana so the gift was entirely proper for her.

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    15. Valerie Grace Haven from the USDecember 13, 2015 at 3:57 AM

      I'm sorry but I don't understand anyone saying this wasn't Princess Diana's tiara? It was a wedding gift from the Queen! Wether or not Princess Diana gave it back or it reverted back when she died is irrelevant.... IMHO. Anyway.. I understand there will be comparriosons made like it or not.. My question is this, why would Kate wear the exact same dress (or so it appears) two years in a row to the same event? Same hair style, and earrings? I don't understand that at all!!?? And why don't we have any other pictures of the event besides the ones of her in the car? If she hadn't worn a different tiara it would be even more difficult to tell the difference. Why is it that Kate doesn't wear a tiara more often? Because she's not POW yet? Or Kate just prefers not to wear a tiara? Could be a lot of reasons I suppose.. I know that sometimes wearing a tiara is protocol but when is that exactly? I would also love to know if the public has access to royal dress protocol? I've read that Diana didn't like Christmas at Balmoral because she found it daunting changing 5 times a day.. Are there examples of what to wear to what? I would also like to know about other tid bits like always having to wear pantyhose when you will be in the queens company.. Thanks in advance! And thank you Jane for this blog I absolutely love it!!!!

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    16. The tiara was Diana's upon her marriage to Charles. There was a clause to my knowledge as well--either divorce or death it reverted to the Queen again. HM obviously wanted it to stay in the immediate Royal family. Queen Mary (consort of George V) wore the tiara quite frequently. When she got the tiara, it had pearl spikes on it. It was later redone taking the pearls and replacing them with small diamonds. Mary and quite a few other royal families loved the design, it was popular. Since Mary couldn't get her hands on her aunt's tiara (Princess Augusta of Cambridge) she made her own. When it came to the current Queen, she didn't wear the tiara that much. She passed it on to who she thought would be queen consort one day, Diana. The one note I would add is that Catherine doesn't get to choose her tiaras and jewels! They STILL belong to the queen. Cat won't have her run of the mill until she's or if she's queen consort. I just wish they had better photos. You can't see the full tiara sadly!

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  2. Beautiful. I love diamonds and pearls together. This tiara is just so pretty. Would really love to see that dress though! :)

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  3. Rebecca. I totally agree.

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  4. Beautiful. So gald she wore her hair up this time - so much more sophisticated! I really do think she should get a bob!!
    Do you think we'll ever get to see this dress fully?

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  5. Wow! So glad to see this tiara out, and so (relatively) early on in!

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  6. Wow! I wished it to happen but really didn't think it would for a long time! I think I even squealed with delight. For those who don't remember the Diana years, this piece was clearly associated with Diana and its a huge deal Kate is wearing it tonight. Rightly so I should add. My only criticism is that I wish she would wear it more forward instead of back on her head.

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  7. Possibly an odd question - but do you think they are reserving any tiaras for Harry's future wife? It seems like the Duchess wouldn't wear some because they would be saved for the future Mrs. Harry? Would it be taboo for Harry's wife to now wear any of these in the future?

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    1. I was wondering the same!

      I think is amazing that Kate is using that beautiful tiara Princess Diana used to wear. But I must say that I didn't really get why Kate would repeat the dress, I suppose the people who attend the Diplomats Reception in 2013 may also attend in 2015. I wouldn't do that, isn't that weird? With so many dresses?

      Anyway, I can't express in words how much a hate that we don't get a decent photo of Kate in those Diplomats Reception, again, why? There is any reason for this?

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    2. I'm no expert, but I think it is reasonable to assume some tiaras are being reserved for the Future Mrs. Harry. Just like I suspect that some of Diana's jewelry is set aside for this lucky lady. I just hope he finds a worthy girl who is a good partner in the near future :-)

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    3. I have wondered about that question myself. Even though Harry wont be King, he is still a senior member of the royal family, so I'm sure that there are tiara's that have been reserved for the lucky lady that Harry will marry. Maybe Kate and Harry's future wife will trade up time to time.

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  8. This tiara is gorgeous and had found its way to the rightful wearer! Even though we can't see full photos, I am sure the duchess was stunning inside and out!

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    1. Amen. I am delighted (beyond!) to see Kate wearing it.

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  9. Those two white lace dresses with the same scalloped neckline and same pointy shoulders....wow!

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  10. Love that she is now wearing this tiara it is my favorite. I could not wait to see her wearing it proudly!

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  11. Shocked to see this tiara on Kate... on another note, isn't the dress light blue? Sorry, but I can't see any white or cream...

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    1. Martina! I just asked around and the majority of the Kate community seems to think it is blue, too. To me, the 2013 still looks white to me, but tonight it certainly is blue. The final photo seems truest because she is shielded from the flash and it remains a delicate blue. I wonder if my eyes are weird, though, because if I didn't have these photos, I would swear it was cream. But, I agree now it seems blue! I will amend! :)

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    2. With the updated photos, her dress definitely looks blue against William's white tux shirt, so now that's all I see. I agree with Jane, though-- before I thought it was white!

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    3. I can see how it might be a light, icy blue. However, I think white is still a possibility. Cameras can play tricks on colors, add in the windows are probably tinted, the distance/closeness she is to a camera flash, etc. Until we get a better look one day, if we ever do, I think it is still a gamble.

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    4. Ehy Jane, well I aam not a color expert, but when I read "white/cream" I thought I was daltonic ;-) Joking! Maybe the flashes were misleading...

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  12. Delighted to see this beautiful tiara again and on Diana's daughter-in- law.
    Dare I say--in my opinion it looks even better against dark hair.
    Like everyone else, I would love to see a full length photo of the dress.

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    1. I agree, it looks very well against dark hair. I also like the way Catherine wears the tiara, classic and modern at the same time.

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  13. I read somewhere else that it looks as if the base of the tiara has been amended to dark brown, from a more golden/blonde color during Diana's time. Iiiiiiinteresting if so!

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    1. It has! Thank you. I can see the difference now that you mentioned it.

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    2. That would imply that the intended wearer(s) these days would be brunette. Has it possibly been gifted to Kate? I think it is a real possibility given her title. I think the halo tiara could possibly be gifted based on sentimentality; however, I can see this also gifted for sentimentality. This tiara, specifically, is too closely tied to Diana to ever be worn by Camilla, so why not gift it to future Queen Consort Catherine?!

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    3. Anon 7:49, I think it would have been a PR disaster for anyone BUT Kate to wear this tiara. Given it's link with Diana, I don't believe the Queen would wear it again and Camilla could never get away with it.

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    4. Royalfan ~ I agree. I guess the point I did a poor job of making, or the question I didn't properly ask, is was this tiara on loan? Or was it gifted? We see Kate wearing some of Diana's jewelry, which we know/safely assume are gifted to her from William. However, with the Queen we always seem to be saying that she "loans" to Kate. I'm wondering how much the Queen has *gifted* to Kate. For example, the chandelier earrings she is wearing tonight she has worn many times - is she STILL borrowing these, or did the Queen gift them? This is what I'm really questioning :-)

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    5. Anon 9:38, I hope it *was* gifted. I honestly cannot imagine anyone else wearing it. Aside from the Queen and Camilla who are not on my list as potential wearers :) it would be a "downgrade" to have anyone else wear it. I hope that makes sense...

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    6. It makes perfect sense to me, royalfan. It would be a travesty if ever Camilla wore this particular tiara, the Queen hasn't worn it for decades, and, given that it is commonly known as the the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara, who better to wear it than the current Duchess of Cambridge, mother of two of Diana's grandchildren.

      I must say that I was concerned that the Queen might have intended to keep this tiara mothballed for another generation--until it occurred to me, and perhaps to herself, that after her death, she would have no control as to its disposition. Perhaps that persuaded her to *gift* it to Kate--until Kate's death, when it would revert to the Crown. I hope so.

      I personally thought, based on side views only, that Kate looked terrific in this tiara, but then, I think Kate has more than done justice to every tiara she has worn. However, this one has gravitas the other two lacked and would be a very fitting *gift* to bestow upon Kate--at the very least, it would keep it out of Camilla's reach. As third lady in the land, it is suitable in a way in which it would not be suitable for a lesser lady.

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    7. JC, I too feared that it would not see the light of day for many more years to come. But you made an excellent point about what may have been the Queen's reasoning.

      Ironically, I did wonder if we would see a different tiara on Kate's head, but I never dreamed it would be this one!! And, although I am NOT suggesting it was a PR move, the timing *was* appropriate given the recent speculation/discussion about Kate and the RFO. She was due for a royal nod.

      To be honest, for me, this was the most significant jewelry moment since W&K's engagement.

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    8. I agree with you both, JC and royalfan, that Kate is the only one who could pull off wearing this tiara. The Queen knows full well it's association with Diana and so does Camilla. There would be outrage if Camilla ever wore it. We also don't know what "pull" William has with his grandmother in these matters. You're right, royalfan, it is (I think for all of us Diana fans) the most significant jewelry moment since the engagement!

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    9. Robin, I did wonder about that. William must have some influence within the Firm, and rightly so. Surely, the Queen must recognize and appreciate the tricky path that William has walked for most of his life. If you consider both the private and public aspects of C&D's marital problems, it is amazing that William (and Harry) turned out to be such remarkable young men. I only hope that the same blessings in life are in store for Harry.

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  14. This is one of my favorite tiaras, EVER, so I'm thrilled to see it again. While I recognize that it has achieved icon status on Diana's head, I'm happy to see Kate wearing it-- I thought it would be ages before we would see it again (aka when William is made Prince of Wales). As Kate is now Duchess of Cambridge, it makes perfect sense for her to wear this and I am thrilled to see it! Would love to see the dress full length some day-- maybe for Spain's State Visit?! That would be amazing.

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  15. So thrilled to see Kate in this tiara. Many years from now, we may be saying the association with Kate will be greater than with Diana. What I do notice, between the almost identical photos from the two occasions, Kate has a more "grown up" look about her with the weightier tiara and updo. I know it's been only two years but Kate just seems to have the gravitas and status that befits her position. She is no longer a junior member of the Royal Family, she has arrived! Watch out Camilla! As a side note, I do notice the darker velvet on the base of the tiara-- Queen Elizabeth would've had it darker too.

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    1. I really agree with this as well. I think as we are approaching hers and William's 5th anniversary (hard to believe), and now parents of two children, she has upped her game. Particularly this fall. I have really noticed the fashion choices have been designer- less high street- and there is a sophistication and chicness she has embodied in the past 4 months. Very much enjoying the many appearances. She looks gorgeous here, and this tiara is rightly and appropriately hers to wear! It is so well associated with Diana, and naturally- should be worn by Catherine, as William's wife and befits her title. One day, little Charlotte of Cambridge will wear it as well!

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  16. Almost forgot to comment on the dress.... It looks like it is indeed ice blue in color- and is it short-sleeved as well? Until we have a proper full length photo of this dress, we may never know for sure what color it is. She likes the icy blues though, wouldn't surprise me.

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  17. hmm I love the Cambridge lovers tiara was worn princess Diana I think its good the see her with these tiara I love she wearing it and pays a tribute t her late mother in law

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  18. Do you think we will get to see photos from inside like we did during the state dinner for the Chinese president? I hope so!

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    1. Unfortunately, the event is closed to outside photographers. Kate attended the 2013 dinner and we have never seen photos. Maybe they will emerge for the history books someday, but I don't expect any in the near future. :(

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    2. I wonder if the no photos is why Kate has worn the same dress to both events. Perhaps it is why she has only worn this dress at this event. We know that she doesn't wear privately purchased or privately made outfits/coats at public events, she only does to dinners out or weddings (for example). So much to speculate about tonight :-) Either way, beautiful Kate and handsome couple!

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    3. So were the photos from the Chinese visit taken by the palace and then released?
      In my perfect world the press would have at least limited access to any tiara event. Wasn't there a recent Dutch event when all the participants were photographed as they walked down a long entrance hall? That would be the perfect compromise - brief photographic access first, then privacy during the event. Somewhat like the ski and summer beach photo calls so many royal families choose. Perhaps the diplomatic corps has reason to object to photos, but if I were a diplomat privileged to attend this I would want more of a photographic record of what sounds like a dazzling night.

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  19. I'm so pleased that she's finally getting an expanded tiara wardrobe! And another thought occurred to me... Is it possible that Princess Charlotte will someday wear the tiara worn by both her mother and her grandmother? Oh, I dearly hope so.

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  20. Great to see the Duchess looking gorgeous as usual, love the tiara but think the pearl drop
    earrings would look more balanced, maybe next time !!!

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  21. Are you sure it is the same dress? The first and second pictures look like different dresses. Look at her shoulder. Last year it comes up higher to her neck than the scalloped shape of tonight's pictures...

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    1. You have an eye for detail! I believe for many reasons it is the same dress. I suspect the height of the neckline has more to do with how the dress is while she is sitting.

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    2. Oh Christina I am pretty positive it's the same dress! The angles are a bit different. And maybe her bust is just different in size enough to lift the bodice and make the neckline hit a smidge higher. I am so glad this dress got a re-wear! The picture of the 2013 car ride didn't appeal to me: the sharply pulled back hair, loose at the back, combined with what seemed to be an old-school white lace dress, potentially even long-sleeved for a winter event, gave me the vibe of a little-girl-going-to-her-first-communion. But NOW the dress is icy blue, short-sleeved, and Kate's hair is gently pulled up in a swoopy, elegant chignon!! *sigh of satisfaction*

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    3. Christina, I tend to agree this neckline looks different. The scallops on the 2015 dress appear more pronounced than the rounded 2013. We know she has several black lace dresses, why shouldn't she have similar pale lace ones as well?

      The rollout of this tiara was done very sensitively - an event with little photography and the dress can be seen as an homage to Diana.

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  23. Looks like the moment captured by the photographers was a tense one. Maybe daddy just found out that little Georgie had taken a permanent marker to some "historically-significant object, subject to divestment"... Hope that's all it was.

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    1. He appeared the same way last year too. I'm sure the reason is innocuous. Just William being William but he could make an effort to smile just once when he knows he's being photographed. It makes it appear that he is angry with his wife when we all know he isn't.

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  24. For the love of...I'm dying to see this dress. This tiny bit has left me yet again, longing to know what this gown looks like. I wish she would recycle it so we can all get a good look. The tiara is lovely.

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  25. I really need for Kate to wear that dress someplace where there will be full pictures taken and not just a shoulder/chest up picture in the car. The top looks so gorgeous, I'm just dying to see the rest. I bet it's stunning.

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  26. Uaaah so tired of all the Diana vs Kate discussions.
    I so agree with your beautifully layed out explanation from your old post, saying there is this private connection as a mother-in-law and grandmother of their children and it IS perfectly ok to give a nod to Di from time to time.
    The public and the press loves to use any similarities it to get attention and create a discussion and sometimes the "link" they create and see is even ridiculous.

    I am so sad we never got to see both receptions in pictures, not something we're used to these days.

    I am very much looking forward to Christmas and your coverage, Jane, it is my favorite blog post of the year, along with your "Best of".
    And this christmas there will be even two gorgeous kids waiting for gifts! Do you think they will bring Charlotte and George to the church, though? I really hate that we see them so rarely..I began to dislike Nanny Maria for being too good at her work :)

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  27. Beautiful dress, beautiful tiara.

    On another note, I've made an observation and I'm not sure if anyone else has too...After George was born, there was something about Kate's overall look that changed - she seemed much more polished, sophisticated and confident, and the pictures of Kate attending the Diplomatic Reception in 2013 and then again last night suggest to me that has happened again. If you compare the pictures, she looks much younger and -- while beautiful -- much less 'pulled together' in 2013 than she did last night with the sophisticated chignon. I'm not sure if people generally agree with that?

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  28. Kate CUT HER HAIR! PICS ARE OUT THERE.

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    1. I didn't post until this evening, but I want you to know that your post got my attention this morning!! :) And I liked what I saw!!

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  29. Has she ever done such an extended eyeliner look before? It's almost basically a cat-eye... love it!

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  30. Jane - could you explain how the evening would work in terms of arrival and from where? I mean this: Did Will and Kate get dressed and ready at their Apartment at Kensington Palace and then drive over? Where do these 'drive by' photo's happen at in terms of location from their apartment? I'm curious...

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    1. There are always photographers around the entrance to KP and there would be others outside Buckingham Palace waiting to see who was going in.

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  31. Sonja from BavariaDecember 9, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Kate has never looked that glamorous, regal, elegant and beautiful (if possible)! Every inch the duchess/princess/future queen!

    The photo of her looking directly in the camera reminds me of Charlotte in her christening photo...

    This dress is just stunning, i love the delicate lace and the cut, anything (amd I already thought in 2013 that it was a pale baby blue...)! If we could just get full body Photos of this gorgeous gown, my day would be perfect :)

    I hope we'll see Kate wear the cambridge lovers knot tiara more often - not only because of the name connection or the Diana history, but because it's so beautiful and looks better on Kate's chignon than the others (IMO). This tiara is just perfect for her hairstyle and so big and glamorous, I love it! Hope Kate didn't get a headache :)

    Do you think there will be a state banquet in India where she'll wear a tiara?

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    1. Sonja, I agree that Kate looked wonderful! But, sadly, no, I don't think that there will be a state banquet in India where Kate wears a tiara. There may well be a banquet, but it won't be labelled *state*, IMO. Probably because William and Kate tend to travel using regular airlines--both the Queen and Charles travel by charter which the Queen may deem safer/protected against theft of costly jewels. To be sure, Sophie has clearly taken major jewels to continental weddings--but I have no idea how she and Edward travelled; perchance, the Queen coughed up for a chartered flight.

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    2. Oh, I hadn't thought about tje transport of the jewelry at all! Hmmm, maybe they'll travel by charter this time? It'd be wonderful! The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace would be great for such an occasion :)

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  32. Oh my goodness! I take a few days off for vacation and there are three Kate appearances! I have been waiting, waiting, waiting for Kate to wear this tiara! It is my favorite also and I used to love seeing Diana wear it. The connection between it being Diana's favorite and the name of the tiara has always seemed to make it a natural for Kate to wear and I'm so happy it's finally happened. I really expected to see it at the state dinner earlier and, along with you, hope she wears it to the next one!

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    1. Welcome back, Robin! I hope you had a great vacation.

      It's all wonderful news, isn't it!?

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  33. Valerie Grace Haven from the USDecember 13, 2015 at 4:05 AM

    Has Kate worn this dress, light blue in my opinion, on any other occasions than 2013 and now? Jc if there is a possibility we can actually see what the dress looks like?!!? She is known for her repeating outfits but this time it's a little odd, to me.. Enjoyed the article as always!

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  34. There are some misconceptions regarding this tiara. First, it is considered part of the official crown collection and not a personal gift. Upon her marriage to Charles Diana was given this tiara to wear as a lifetime gift. That meant that upon her death it was to revert back to the crown. It has been stated that she wore the Spencer tiara primarily because it was lighter. To the question of whether or not HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge will ever wear the Spencer tiara, the answer is most likely not. She is not a descendant of the Spencer family, and her husband, although the son of a Spencer, does not have the right to the tiara. The Earl of Spencer and his wife, the Countess, have first claim to that tiara as do their descendants. As a direct descendant of an Earl of Spencer, Diana had the right to wear the tiara, however, William and Katherine have no claim to the Spencer tiara especially as William is a Windsor, not a Spencer.

    Also, as for it being the only tiara besides the Spencer tiara Diana ever wore, I don't recall that she was ever offered any other tiara to wear. She wasn't offered the Palmetto tiara because that was still in use by Princess Margaret and her family (again reverted to the crown upon her death), and Diana was never offered the Halo Scroll tiara or the Fringe tiara. So I think it is safe to say that she wore the Cambridge Love Knot tiara so often because it was the only one available to her. Also, Queen Elizabeth wore it often in the early 1950's including having her official portrait painted wearing it, but stopped wearing it prior to gifting it to Diana because she has so many other tiaras to choose from so it hadn't been seen from the late 1950's until given to Diana. It was never worn by Princess Anne or Princess Margaret.

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