Kate Middleton Is The First Person To Publicly Wear This Tiara Since The 1930s

The princess has donned one of the Queen Mother's favourite tiaras for a royal banquet.
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It’s not unusual for Kate Middleton’s tiaras to draw a certain amount of interest. Aside from their aesthetic appeal, The Princess of Wales’ collection of crowns have a history of their own, with many having belonged to some very famous royal figures

For her most recent royal event, a banquet at Buckingham Palace, the princess was spotted wearing a tiara with a particularly interesting history. 

The diadem in question is the diamond studded Strathmore Rose tiara— a crown that once belonged to the Queen Mother. Kate is the first person to publicly wear the tiara since the 1930s. 

Kate Middleton wears Strathmore Rose
Kate Middleton wore the Strathmore Rose tiara to a state banquet. (Credit: Getty )

The tiara was given to the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by her parents (the Strathmores) when she married the George VI, the Duke of York and later King in 1923. Until now, the tiara had only ever been worn by the Queen Mother. 

The Queen Mother wears the Strathmore Rose tiara on her wedding day.

The princess attended the state dinner with her husband, Prince William and her in-laws, King Charles III and Queen Camilla. The banquet was held to welcome President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeo and First Lady Kim Keon Hee. 

With her historical tiara, Kate also wore a pair of earrings that once belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, a white Jenny Packham gown with a short cape and gold embellishments. 

While Kate doesn’t always don tiaras, it’s not the first time she was worn one to a royal banquet. Last year, Kate wore the Lover’s Knot tiara to a dinner honouring South African President Ramaphosa. The Lover’s Knot was once a favourite of the late Princess Diana. 

Royal family state banquet with Korean president
Kate chose the tiara to wear to a royal banquet welcoming the President of the Republic of Korea. (Credit: Getty )

Kate has also worn the Queen Mother’s Lotus Flower tiara for occasions in 2013, 2015 and 2022, and the Cartier halo tiara (a gift from King George VI to the Queen Mother and then Queen Elizabeth II for her 18th birthday) for her wedding in 2011. 

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