Kate Middleton’s last public appearance before maternity leave was in March She’s spent her time focused on Prince Louis, as well as her two older children Kate, 36, is due to return to Royal duties in September though no date is set yet Kate Middleton will resume Royal duties after summer has passed and she’s expected to do so in style.
According to Hello Magazine, one of the first events the 36-year-old will attend after a lengthy maternity leave will be a state banquet hosted by the Queen. Kate hasn’t confirmed her attendance, but speculation is rife about which tiara she’ll wear if she does attend.
The Duchess of Cambridge previously turned up at the state dinner sporting Princess Diana’s Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. Another year, she wore the Lotus Flower tiara which belonged to the Queen Mother.
Kate hasn’t worn a tiara since December 2017 when she attended the annual winter party at Buckingham Palace. She wore the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara to that event, as well.
The tiara was originally given to Princess Diana as a wedding gift from the Queen. It’s one of four tiaras in the fashionable Royal’s repertoire.
Here’s what you need to know about Kate Middleton’s tiara collection and more.
Kate Middleton tiaras
Kate Middleton has worn a tiara six times since she joined the Royal family in 2011. The first time she sported one was on her wedding day.
The mother-of-three wore a Cartier halo style tiara as she said her ‘I Dos’ with Prince William. The tiara has nearly 1,000 diamonds, according to Glamour.
It was purchased from Cartier in 1936 by King George VI for his wife. It was later gifted to the Queen on her 18th birthday.
Kate has worn the Lotus Flower tiara, also called the Papyrus tiara, on multiple occasions. She even once wore it to a state banquet.
The tiara originally belonged to the Queen Mother and was a necklace before it became a tiara.
She wore Princess Diana’s beloved Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara in July 2017 to another state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
The tiara features diamonds and pearls.
Kate wore it a second time to the annual winter party at Buckingham Palace.
Why doesn’t Kate Middleton wear tiaras more?
There are no strict rules about when Kate Middleton, or any of the other Royal ladies, are allowed to wear tiaras. They’re common during white-tie events, but are not required.
Some have speculated that Kate is not a big fan of flashy accents and, for that reason, avoids wearing tiaras too often. Others believe she’s trying to separate herself from Princess Diana, who often wore a tiara.
Meghan Markle wedding tiara
Now that Meghan Markle’s a member of the Royal family, she’ll be sporting tiaras to major events as well.
She wore her first regal headpiece on her wedding day. Meghan accented her Givenchy dress with a diamond antique tiara from the Queen Mary’s collection. The tiara’s called the Filigree tiara.
It belonged to Queen Mary and was inherited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The Queen loaned Meghan the tiara for her special day, Kensington Palace announced.
Kate Middleton maternity leave
Kate Middleton’s maternity leave is due to end this autumn. She made her last appearance in March and is expected to return some time in September.
Kate took a similar break around the birth of Princess Charlotte. She made her final appearance March 27, 2015 and returned to work on September 17, 2015.
Her first engagement was at the Anna Freud Centre in central London