Princess Diana Loved Wearing the Lover’s Knot Tiara and These 6 Photos Prove It
The British royal family has an extensive collection of jewelry. It includes some truly stunning tiaras. Princess Diana wore a number of them during her marriage to Prince Charles. But one she gravitated toward more than almost any other? The Lover’s Knot Tiara.
Ahead, check out photos of Diana wearing the stunning headpiece.
Queen Elizabeth II reportedly loaned the tiara to Princess Diana for her royal wedding
Diana made the Lover’s Knot Tiara popular but it’d been around for years before she joined the royal family. Queen Mary commissioned the making of the tiara in 1913.
Upon her death in 1953, the tiara went to the queen, who then wore it a few times in the 1950s. Fast-forward a few decades to Charles and Diana’s nuptials in 1981 when the queen reportedly offered to loan the tiara to Diana for her wedding day.
Even though she had a soft spot for that particular headpiece, the bride ultimately wore the Spencer Tiara, a family heirloom.
It’s not the most pleasant tiara to wear
Despite being a favorite of Diana’s, the Lover’s Knot Tiara is painful to wear. This is because of the sheer number of pearls it features, which in turn makes it heavy.
The tiara’s made up of 38 pearls set in gold and silver and a slew of diamonds. Considering what it’s made of the history behind it, the Lover’s Knot Tiara is estimated to be worth at least $2 million and as much as $4 million.
Princess Diana wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara on many occasions
The possibility of getting a headache didn’t keep Diana from wearing the sparkly accessory. She wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara so much that it became her trademark headpiece save for the Spencer Tiara.
Opening Parliament? Wear the Lover’s Knot Tiara. That’s exactly what Diana did in 1981 when she showed up to kick off the formal event with other royals.
And during a banquet in New Zealand, photographers spotted Diana adjusting her tiara. Knowing how heavy the Lover’s Knot is, it’s no wonder why.
During a night out at the Italian opera, Diana stunned in a pink dress and the Lover’s Knot Tiara.
A visit to the British embassy in Washington, D.C., found her wearing the headpiece once again.
And in 1991, she stepped out in the tiara yet again. Diana wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara to a banquet at the president of Brazil’s home.
It’s a favorite of Kate Middleton’s too
Diana isn’t the only royal to favor the Lover’s Knot Tiara. Her daughter-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, loves it too. In fact, it’s known to be her go-to headpiece for fancy events.
The 38-year-old wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara for the first time in 2015. She made headlines because the sparkler hadn’t been seen in public since before Diana’s death in 1997.
Since her first time wearing the stunning piece, Catherine’s been spotted wearing the tiara on a few more occasions.