There has been a lot of speculation about which tiara from the royal collection, if any, Kate Middleton would wear to King Charles III’s coronation.
However, on her arrival to the church onlookers were surprised to see that the Princess of Wales had chosen to forgo her old favourites – the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, Lotus tiara and the Cartier Scroll – in favour of a floral headpiece that looked very much like a tiara, but isn’t from the official royal collection.
According to People, the tiara was designed by Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen, made of silver, crystal and silver thread work in the leaf design.
It’s possible that Kate may have chosen not to borrow from the royal collection for the ceremony to go with the King’s request for a lower-key ceremony that was not overly ostentatious.
However, given that the jewels are only sitting around the corner from Westminster Abbey and that they are already owned by the British monarchy, it is strange that they would choose to pay for yet another headpiece instead of using one they already have.
The news comes after reports that all the royal women would eschew tiaras, which appears to have come true.
“Instead it is thought that she is planning to wear a floral headpiece,” The Times reported.
“There are also rumors within palace circles that no royal women will wear tiaras.”
In fact, the highest-ranking royal women all wore headpieces that appeared to be made by the same company, featuring floral motifs.
Kate Middleton’s was naturally the largest, followed by Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, followed by Princess Charlotte’s gorgeous mini flower headband that was echoed in an embroidered motif on her white cape.
Meanwhile, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice wore hats, instead of head pieces or tiaras, despite having had their official monarch tiara debuts at their weddings. Princess Anne was seen in a riding hat, as per her role in the coronation as the ‘Gold Stick’ of the Blues and Royals in the Household Cavalry regiment, in charge of the safety of the King.