Kate Middleton dazzled everyone at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace when she wore a tiara that hadn't been seen in over 80 years. The event was part of the state visit for the President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee in November.
In a surprising fashion twist, the Princess of Wales chose to wear the Strathmore Rose tiara for the first time. This stunning piece hadn't been seen since the Queen Mother wore it back in the 1930s as reported by The Mirror.
The all-diamond Strathmore Rose tiara was a wedding gift to the Queen Mother from her father, the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Kate is only the second person to wear this tiara in public after the Queen Mother – it's also the fourth tiara she has worn as the Princess of Wales.
By choosing to wear the Strathmore Rose, Kate showed her connection to the Queen Mother, who had a very special relationship with her grandson and Kate's father-in-law, King Charles. Lauren Kiehna, a Royal jewellery expert, shared with People magazine: "Kate has always signalled that she'd like to emulate the Queen Mother's royal role and wearing her jewels is an important symbol of that continuity.
"It's fitting that Kate – likely with some assistance from King Charles – would choose to wear the tiara exactly a hundred years after the Queen Mother originally received it."
The tiara can be worn in two ways, either across the forehead or on top of the head, just like Kate did at the banquet. She paired the tiara with a stunning white Jenny Packham dress adorned with gold details, earrings that once belonged to Queen Elizabeth, and her honours: the Royal Family Order and her Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order sash and star.
King Charles was very close to his grandmother, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 101. He was only three when his mother became queen and spent lots of time with the Queen Mother while his parents were away on official duties.
She was known to have loved his sensitive side and encouraged his love for music, art and culture. Roberta Fiorito, co-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast, shared: "It seems like he felt that the Queen and Prince Philip were a little bit absent from his childhood, but he did have someone who really indulged his artistic side in the Queen Mother.
"She was really supportive of all that and we know now how that played out: he recites Shakespeare on the fly and loves painting and watercolours. So I think that came from her."
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