Why Kate Middleton Only Has a Few Opportunities to Wear a Tiara

Kate Middleton is one of the most glamorous, high-profile members of the royal family. Middleton is also set to rule England alongside Prince William when the fateful day comes that he must step up and assume the crown.

As the future queen consort, Middleton is under a great deal of scrutiny, especially when it comes to her style. Fortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge is known for her glamorous, chic looks, and is never seen looking less than perfect.

Royal fans especially love when Middleton glams it up and dons a tiara. Still, it is a rare occasion when Middleton puts on one of her tiaras. Keep reading to learn about the tiaras that Middleton has worn, how often she has worn them, and what her favorite tiara seems to be.

How many tiaras has Kate Middleton worn?

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Duchess Kate officially joined the royal family in 2011 in a grand wedding ceremony where she and Prince William declared their love for each other as the entire world watched. Over the years, she has had a number of fabulous style moments, but none so popular amongst royal fans as the times when she has appeared fully dressed to the nines.

Although Middleton has only worn a tiara a handful of times, all of them have been notable. The first time she stepped out wearing a tiara was her wedding day in April 2011. She wore a stunning diamond tiara that day, known as the Cartier Halo Scroll tiara.

The Cartier Halo Scroll tiara is a personal possession of Queen Elizabeth and was loaned to Kate Middleton in honor of her big day. She has not worn that one since.

Another tiara in Middleton’s rotation is the Lotus Flower tiara, previously owned by Princess Margaret. Middleton wore that tiara in 2013 and again in 2015, but it has not been seen in recent years.

Middleton’s other tiara is the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, originally crafted in 1914. The Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara was worn a lot by Princess Diana and has become iconic for the large teardrop pearls encrusted around it.

Which events does Kate Middleton wear tiaras to?

There are no hard and fast rules about which events Middleton should wear a tiara for, but when she reaches for one, it is either for important diplomatic visits or super formal dinners with the rest of the royal family. State banquets are usually very important for the royal family, so royal watchers can usually count on seeing the Duchess of Cambridge show up in a tiara on those occasions.

However, one of the most formal events every year for the royal family is the annual Diplomatic Corps reception, which is hosted by the queen herself. Last year, Middleton wore what is likely her favorite tiara, and royal fans are predicting that she will appear at the mid-December event wearing the same one. 

What tiara is Kate Middleton’s favorite?

There seems little doubt that Duchess Kate favorite tiara is the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. She has worn that one four times previously, including at last year’s Diplomatic Corps reception.

The duchess also wore it in June, to welcome President Donald Trump to Buckingham Palace. Middleton could favor it because it was also beloved by Princess Diana, who was frequently spotted wearing it during her time in the royal family.

Of course, once Prince William becomes king, his wife might step out wearing tiaras more frequently, as befits her newly elevated status. Still, until that day comes, royal fans will savor Middleton’s occasional tiara moments with joy.