Kate Middleton's Fave Royal Tiara Is Apparently Pretty Painful to Wear

Kate Middleton's Fave Royal Tiara Is Apparently Pretty Painful to Wear

Pretty much nothing makes actual, real-life royalty feel like fictional, Disney-fied royalty more than a tiara-wearing occasion. Turns out, playing grownup dress-up with millions of dollars worth of real jewels is actually a literal headache though.

According to a new report from The Mirror, one of Kate Middleton's absolute favorite royal tiaras, the Lover's Knot Tiara, has a reputation for bringing truth to the whole "beauty is pain" concept.

Fashion coach and celebrity stylist and TikToker Miranda Holder recently gave some background info about the piece, which she described as one of the "most famous royal tiaras of all time."

"The famous Lover's Knot Tiara was commissioned for Queen Mary in 1914. It consists of glittering diamonds and 19 hanging pearls set in silver and gold. The tiara is estimated to be worth between £2 million and £3 million," Miranda explained. "The tiara was handed down to Queen Elizabeth who eventually gave it to her daughter-in-law Princess Diana who really made it famous as a tiara."

Diana instantly made the Lover's Knot Tiara iconic among modern royal fans and wore the tiara multiple times over the course of her tenure as a working royal and the downs and downs of her marriage to then-Prince Charles. Here she is, glowing in it during a visit to New Zealand in 1984:

auckland,  new zealand   april 29  diana, princess of wales wears the cambridge lovers knot tiara queen marys tiara and diamond earrings during a banquet on april 29, 1983 in auckland, new zealand   catherine, duchess of cambridge wore the same tiara at a diplomatic reception at  buckingham palace in december 2015 photo by anwar husseingetty images
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Here she is, avoiding Charles' gaze in it in Vancouver in 1986:

vancouver, canada   may 03  prince charles, prince of wales and diana, princess of wales, wearing a cream lace gown with a scalloped neckline designed by murray arbeid and the cambridge lovers knot diamond and pearl tiara, attend a dinner with the canadian prime minister brian mulroney, on may 3, 1986 in vancouver, canada photo by anwar husseingetty images
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And here she is, accessorizing the Lover's Knot Tiara with some premium stink eye in Hong Kong in 1989:

hong kong, china   november 08 prince charles, prince of wales and diana, princess of wales, wearing a white dress and jacket embroidered with sequins and pearls designed by catherine walker and known as the elvis dress with the cambridge lovers knot tiara, during a visit to the culture centre in hong kong on november 8, 1989 in hong kong, china photo by anwar husseingetty images
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According to Miranda, Diana is also the reason we know the painful truth about the tiara. "Apparently because it was so heavy she used to get terrible headaches from wearing it," she explained.

Diana returned the Lover's Knot Tiara when she and Charles divorced, obviously, and it was reported not worn in public again until Kate Middleton dusted it off in 2015 for a reception at Buckingham Palace—and she *was* snapped looking potentially weighed down by the piece in the car at that event:

london, united kingdom   october 23 embargoed for publication in uk newspapers until 24 hours after create date and time catherine, duchess of cambridge departs kensington palace to attend a state banquet at buckingham palace on day one of king willem alexander of the netherlands  queen maxima of the netherlands state visit on october 23, 2018 in london, united kingdom king willem alexander of the netherlands accompanied by queen maxima are staying at buckingham palace during their two day stay in the uk the last state visit from the netherlands was by queen beatrix and prince claus in 1982 photo by max mumbyindigogetty images
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But, FWIW, Kate has also been photographed lots of times looking 100 percent poised and comfortable in the tiara, which she has worn several:

london, england   october 23 catherine, duchess of cambridge  during a state banquet at buckingham palace on october 23, 2018 in london, united kingdom king willem alexander of the netherlands accompanied by queen maxima are staying at buckingham palace during their two day stay in the uk the last state visit from the netherlands was by queen beatrix and prince claus in 1982 photo by john stillwell   wpa poolgetty images
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Times:

london, united kingdom   december 08 embargoed for publication in uk newspapers until 48 hours after create date and time catherine, duchess of cambridge departs after attending the annual diplomatic reception at buckingham palace on december 8, 2016 in london, england photo by max mumbyindigogetty images
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Since:

l0ndon, england   december 11 catherine, duchess of cambridge talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the diplomatic corps at buckingham palace on december 11, 2019 in london, englandphoto by victoria jones   wpa poolgetty images
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In fact, according to Miranda, Kate "has been seen wearing this tiara more than any other in the royal collection. Personally, I think she looks absolutely breathtaking in it."

Agreed.

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