Duchess Kate sparkles in Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara at the Queen’s Diplomatic Corps reception

By Heather Cichowski

Shining bright! Duchess Kate dazzled at the Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace on Dec. 11 in London with Prince William. Royal fans were treated to a rare appearance of the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, the duchess’ most beloved crown!

Duchess Kate positively glittered as she arrived at the palace! Photo: © Splash News

Striking pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge show her dripping in diamonds with the tiara complemented by equally sparkling earrings and a show-stopping necklace. She was clad in a dark Alexander McQueen gown and blue sash, which highlighted the splendour of her jewelry!

Kate looked amazing at the reception! Photo: © Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara was a favourite of the Duke of Cambridge’s late mother, Princess Diana, after it was presented to her as a wedding gift from the Queen. It was created by jewellers Garrard in 1914 for Queen Mary from pearls and diamonds already in her family’s possession. The elegant creation boasts 19 open-work diamond arches enclosing an oriental pearl drop and is surrounded by single diamonds and upright oval pearl spikes. The design has a distinct French influence.

Kate had borrowed one of the Queen’s silver necklaces for the reception. Photo: © Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The headpiece has also become Kate’s clear favourite. The duchess last wore the sparkling tiara at the state banquet the Queen threw for US President Donald Trump during his state visit in June 2019. Kate paired it with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings and a white gown also by Alexander McQueen.

Duchess Kate with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin at the State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019. Photo: © VICTORIA JONES/AFP via Getty Images

At the 2018 Diplomatic Corps reception, Kate also wore the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara with a soft blue Jenny Packham gown.

Wearing the tiara again at the Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace on Dec. 4, 2018. Photo: © Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prior to that, she sported it in a similar style to celebrate King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima’s first UK tour in October 2018. Kate again chose to offset the tiara with a pastel blue gown, this time by Alexander McQueen.

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