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Kate Middleton's tiara: Royal wedding jewelry

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Kate's stunning tiara

The main focus may have been on the dress -- we held our breath speculating about details like designer, how long the train would be and how Kate Middleton -- now Catherine Duchess of Cambridge -- would look as she walked down the aisle to greet her Prince. But what’s a princess without a tiara? Now getting its fair share of fashion fanfare, we thought we’d shed a little light into Kate's oh-so-stunning tiara headpiece.

Royal wedding kiss with closeup of Kate Middleton's tiara

Royal tiara bling

Close-up of Kate Middleton's tiaraTo accompany her elegant Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown and hold her veil in place Kate Middleton wore a Cartier 'halo' tiara, lent to her by the Queen. Made in 1936, the sparkling addition to the much-anticipated wedding ensemble was Middleton's "something borrowed," both a royal tradition and something brides the world over often incorporate into their wedding day. Her matching earrings, custom-made by Robinson Pelham to match her tiara, were designed with an acorn motif and given to Kate by her parents as a wedding gift.

Historical sparkle

The beautiful Cartier tiara is steeped in history and was the perfect accessory for a duchess-to-be. It was purchased by The Duke of York (King George VI) for his Duchess (The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. Queen Elizabeth was then given the tiara as a gift from her mother on her 18th birthday. The sparkling tiara both complemented Middleton's transparent veil, and held in place the delicate ivory silk tulle, which featured a trim of hand-embroidered flowers. There is some speculation that the Queen will end up giving the tiara to her new granddaughter-in-law as a wedding present but only time will tell. The queen presented Diana with the Cambridge Lovers' Knot Tiara on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981.

The look

Kate's lustrous chestnut mane was worn half up and half down in a demi-chignon to better accommodate the simply designed yet exquisite tiara. The diamond headpiece itself was delicate and timeless in design – elegant without being over-the-top or taking attention away from the main attraction -- that stunning, show-stopping dress that brought new meaning to the idea of fairy tale princess. The tiara -- a nod to the past topping off a modern yet classic look -- did a great job complementing the whole striking ensemble, and gave Middleton that extra dose of sparkle fit for new royalty.

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