Kate Middleton’s tiara for Donald Trump’s state dinner tonight is the Princess Diana’s Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara.
The piece belongs to the Queen, but has been loaned by Kate many times.
It was made by Garrards in 1914 for Queen Mary who designed it and left it in her will to her Majesty, The Queen. It is estimated to be worth between 1 and 2 million.
The very heavy piece went back into The Queen’s collection after Diana died in 1997.
Kate Middleton has worn these earrings on numerous occasions too, perhaps because they match her engagement ring.
However, the gems used to belong to the Queen Mother.
They have a large sapphires surrounded by diamonds. There is also a fringe of diamonds and small sapphires hanging below.
It is thought that the Queen would have inherited these gems when her mother died in 2002.
This is not the only tiara Kate Middleton has worn.
For her wedding Kate wore the Cartier Scroll tiara, which has come to be known as the Halo Tiara.
Deborah Papas, gemologist and jewellery expert from Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn told Express.co.uk of this piece: “This halo scroll tiara was made in platinum by Cartier for the Duke of York to give to his wife just before he became King George VI in 1936. The Queen Mother gave it to her daughter, at the time, Princess Elizabeth for her 18th Birthday present in 1944.
“The Queen Mother was only ever photographed wearing it once and then she was seen wearing much grander pieces. The Queen has not been seen wearing it much either but has been lending it out to other royals.”
Royal tiaras are a big part of any state occasion when it comes to royal style.
Kate appears to be a big fan of tonight style, wearing it on many occasions since her wedding to Prince William.
Camilla Parker Bowles tends to favour the Greville Tiara.
One royal tiara costs a whopping £10 million, and it was recently worn at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
Princess Eugenie wore an impressive 93.70 cts cabochon Emerald Tiara for her wedding in October this year, which was hand made by Boucheron in 1919.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.