Heavy is the head that wears the tiara.
Kate Middleton has a great head on her shoulders. One fit for the most dazzling royal heirlooms to be exact.
When you’re the Duchess of Cambridge, people are obsessed with the sparkling headpieces that you've worn during your royal tenure.
We’re still crazy about that adorable Cambridge Christmas card. Now it’s time to go full-on nostalgia mode in the most opulent way possible.
To celebrate her 38th birthday, these are all 11 times Kate Middleton has worn a royal tiara.
April 2011 (Cartier Halo)
Kate was pronounced Duchess and tiara on her wedding day to Prince William. She borrowed this haute topper, dating back to 1936 when it was made by Cartier, from Queen Mother-in-law Elizabeth. As if her Alexander McQueen gown wasn’t luxe enough.
December 2013 (Lotus Flower)
The public had to wait over two years before Kate’s next tiara sighting. In December 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted donning the Lotus Flower (also referred to as the Papyrus Tiara) on her way back from the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.
October 2015 (Lotus Flower)
By her third time wearing a tiara, Kate was a natural. She wore the Lotus Flower tiara again at a royal event honoring China’s President Xi Jinping in 2015.
December 2015 (Lover’s Knot)
Kate was seen leaving the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace crowned with the Lover’s Knot tiara, one of the late Princess Diana’s faves.
December 2016 (Lover’s Knot)
Is it a royal faux pas to wear the same tiara to the annual diplomatic ball? Not when it’s as iconic as the Lover’s Knot.
July 2017 (Lover’s Knot)
Okay, she really loves this one! She wore it again at a state event for the king and queen of Spain in July 2017. The Lover’s Knot is an early 1910s replica of the original Cambridge Lover’s Knot, a diamond showstopper now assumed to be held in an anonymous private collection.
December 2017 (Lover’s Knot)
She’s baaack. The Lover’s Knot that is. Kate chose the tiara three years strong for the diplomatic reception.
October 2018 (Lover’s Knot)
It was diamonds and pearls for Kate at this state banquet in honor of the Netherlands king and queen. The public finally got to see the Lover’s Knot in its glory AKA outside the back seat of a car when Middleton wore it with this steely blue gown, the Queen Alexandra Wedding Necklace and her stately royal order.
December 2018 (Lover’s Knot)
Take a guess what Kate’s favorite tiara must be. The Duchess of Cambridge looked striking in her diamond topper and angelic gown at the 2018 diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, where they finally let press photographers in.
June 2019 (Lover’s Knot)
The Duchess was glammed out with the Lover’s Knot for Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. She even busted out the Queen Mother’s eye-popping sapphire and diamond fringe earrings.
December 2019 (Lover’s Knot)
Kate once again chose the Lover’s Knot for the annual diplomatic reception in 2019, gorgeously paired with this svelte Alexander McQueen gown.