Despite being one of the most photographed members of the Royal family, Kate Middleton aka the Duchess of Cambridge, has only been pictured wearing a tiara twice before. But, lo and behold, last night saw Kate don the fairy-tale accessory for the third time in aid of one very special event.
Yep, to mark the arrival of China’s president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, Kate and hubby Prince Wills hosted a decadent banquet for which Kate stuck to royal protocol and wore a tiara.
The result, of course, was pretty amazing. Clad in a flawless red Jenny Packham gown, Kate completed the look with the infamous Lotus Flower tiara (née the Papyrus tiara, owned by the Queen Mother and originally used as a necklace).
But while the frock comes as a new addition to her wardrobe, she has actually worn the sparkly Lotus design before to the Queen’s annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace back in 2013.
The only other time we’ve been lucky enough to see the Duchess in full Princess attire was when she paired the infamous Cartier Halo tiara with her ethereal Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress in 2011.
Kate and Wills aside, all this tiara talk has got us thinking: who’s to say we can’t wear our own?
Sure, we’re not Princesses – in the official sense, at least – but there really is no-one stopping us from adding a bit of grandeur to our daily ensembles.
Add to that the fact that it’s a one-way cheat to feeling like royalty for a day, and we’re struggling to see why it hasn’t been done before.
Look to Matthew Williamson, Alan Hannah and Jon Ricard at Debenhams, or Claire’s Accessories to get your glitz fix without breaking the bank. Trust us, your majesty, you won’t regret it.