Here’s Why Kate Middleton Will Probably Never Wear the Spencer Tiara

It’s no secret that Kate Middleton likes to honor her late mother-in-law through her wardrobe choices. And while her go-to tiara was once one of Princess Diana’s favorites, many wonder about the Spencer Tiara — aka, Diana’s family heirloom. Find out why Kate Middleton didn’t wear the Spencer Tiara on her wedding day, plus why she will probably never wear it, ahead.

Picture of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Charles of Wales at their wedding at St Paul Cathedral in London

Diana wore her family heirloom on her royal wedding day. | STR/AFP/Getty Images

Why Kate Middleton will probably never wear the Spencer Tiara

On her royal wedding day, the queen loaned Princess Diana the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. However, she didn’t walk down the aisle in that tiara. Instead of donning the Crown Jewel, she wore a piece of her own family’s history, the Spencer Tiara. And, although she didn’t wear it often, it became closely associated with the late princess’ royal wardrobe.

With that, fans believed Kate could have honored her mother-in-law on her royal wedding day. However, it’s allegedly against the royal rulebook. In the royal family, women often wear the jewels of their husband’s family. That means, even though Kate had her picks of stunning sparklers for her big day, she couldn’t wear the Spencer Tiara. The queen (and others) would have felt it was inappropriate to wear a tiara not associated with the royal family (other than Princess Diana).

On top of that, the tiara belongs to Spencer women. That means only those born into or marrying into the family can wear it. That said, no one has worn the Spencer Tiara since Princess Diana’s passing in 1997.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Princess Diana have the same favorite tiara. | Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images

Kate Middleton’s favorite tiara

Even though she has yet to wear the Spencer Tiara (and probably never will), Kate Middleton still honors Princess Diana through her choice of Crown Jewels. The duchess not only has Diana’s engagement ring (Prince William proposed with it in 2010!) but also wears her favorite tiara — the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara — to state banquets and formal events.

The Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara is fitting for Kate — after all, she is the Duchess of Cambridge. And, although she has only worn a crown seven times, it is the one she has worn the most. Originally made for Queen Mary in 1914, the tiara features 38 teardrop pearls with diamonds sourced from the royal collection.

Following her and Prince Charles’ divorce, Queen Elizabeth II had Diana return the Crown Jewel. It was seen for the first time since her death in 2015, when Kate Middleton wore it for a formal reception at Buckingham Palace. She wore the tiara again to a state banquet during the Spanish state visit at the palace in July 2017, then again at the winter party in December 2017. The last time she wore the tiara was in October 2018, when King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were visiting the United Kingdom and stayed for a proper state banquet.

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