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Cosmopolitan Magazine recently put the spotlight on royalty in an article titled, " A Look at the Stunning Jewelry Kate Middleton Inherited from Princess Diana". Our favorite item featured in the post happens to be the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara, and we were curious to learn about its history.

The tiara was originally commissioned by Queen Mary and made by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard in 1913. Its original incarnation was modeled after a tiara worn by the Queen's grandmother, Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge. It features nineteen swinging pearl pendants and used existing jewels from other bygone tiaras owned by the Queen. 

At first, the tiara had another row of pearls at the very top, but this was later removed by the Queen Mary into its present iteration today.


Queen Mary with the Lover's Knot Tiara, notably larger in scale with pearls up top.

Queen Elizabeth at the premiere of "Dunkirk" in 1958, wearing the second version of the tiara.

The tiara was often said to be a gift from Queen Elizabeth to Princess Diana. But,  it was actually a lifetime loan to Diana, and remained, "officially", property of the Queen. It was returned to the vaults after Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced, and most were unsure if it would ever make an appearance again. 

Princess Diana was said to see this as a "favorite" although it was also said to be heavy and noisy (due to the pearls jangling around at the top).

Perhaps the quintessential portrait of Princess Diana wearing the Lover's Knot Tiara.

Thankfully, it was recently worn by Kate Middleton in 2015 for a Diplomatic Reception.

Do you enjoy the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara? Who wore it best? Leave your favorite in the comments down below.