Marrying into the royal family means exclusive access to the queen’s jewelry box. And though it’s not exactly a free-for-all, the queen has been known to loan out a crown jewel for an extended amount of time, creating favorites among Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and other members of the royal family.
From Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s favorite royal accessory (page 5) to one of the most recognized — and loved — crown jewels in the world (page 6), we share some of the most stunning pieces ever loaned to Kate Middleton, ahead.
1. Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara
- The queen loaned Kate the Cartier Halo Tiara on her wedding day.
As her first-ever royal accessory, the Cartier Halo Tiara holds a special place in Kate’s heart. Also known as the Scroll Tiara or Queen Elizabeth’s Halo Tiara, the queen mother gave the crown jewel to Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday. However, she’s never actually worn it.
The queen loaned the tiara to Princess Margaret and Princess Anne before Kate made it famous on her big day.
Next: This crown jewel belonged to Princess Margaret.
2. The Lotus Flower Tiara
- It was part of the queen mother’s private collection.
The second tiara loaned to Kate was the Lotus Flower Tiara, or Papyrus Leaf Tiara. The crown jewel was originally part of the queen mother’s private collection. Then, it passed to Princess Margaret. The tiara made its first public appearance following Princess Margaret’s death when Kate wore it to an event at Buckingham Palace in December 2013.
Next: This accessory was made from one of Prince Philip’s mother’s tiaras.
3. The queen’s Wedding Gift Bracelet
- Prince Philip gave Queen Elizabeth the bracelet on their wedding day.
One of the most meaningful items the queen has ever let Kate borrow is her Wedding Gift Bracelet. Given to her by Prince Philip on their wedding day, the bracelet is made of one of Philip’s mother’s tiaras.
Next: This crown jewel was a gift from the queen’s parents.
4. Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace
- Kate wore the crown jewel at the Spain State Banquet in July 2017.
In addition to her Wedding Gift Bracelet, the queen has also loaned Kate one of her favorite necklaces: the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace. The crown jewel was a wedding present from King George VI and the queen mother, and the queen wore it often as a young woman. That said, because it is so long, it requires a low neckline, so the queen has not worn it in years.
Next: Princess Diana and Kate Middleton share the same favorite royal accessory.
5. Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s favorite royal accessory
- The queen loaned the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara to Princess Diana on her wedding day.
Although she preferred the lightweight comfort of the Spencer Tiara, the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara was one of Princess Diana’s most prized possessions. Loaned to her on her wedding day by the queen, Princess Diana wore the famous pearl and diamond tiara on several occasions.
Thanks to its sentimental value and stunning pearl and diamond design, Kate has taken a liking to the tiara and worn it on several occasions.
Next: Another shared favorite
6. Princess Diana and Kate’s sapphire engagement ring
- Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring now belongs to Kate.
Who could forget Princess Diana and Kate’s sapphire engagement ring? Following Diana’s death, the ring was passed down to Prince William, who later used it to propose to Kate Middleton. The stunning crown jewel is one of the most recognized royal accessories and a favorite of Kate’s for obvious reasons.
Next: A necklace the queen, Diana, and Kate have loved
7. The Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker
The queen, Princess Diana, and Kate also have a shared favorite: the Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker. Made of cultured pearls gifted to Queen Elizabeth II by Japan and a marquise-shaped diamond clasp, Kate wore the trendy item for the first time since Diana’s death to celebrate the queen and Prince Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary.
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