This evening, Kate Middleton attended a state dinner at Buckingham Palace in honor of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and first lady Kim Keon Hee, wearing a rare piece of jewelry that most generations of observers royals will have never seen before: the Strathmore Rose Tiara.
The Strathmore Rose Tiara was a wedding gift given to the Queen Mother by her father, Lord Strathmore, before she married the Duke of York in 1923. Designed to resemble a garland of wild roses, the flower crown diamond was originally purchased in London. jewelers Catchpole & Williams.
It can be styled in several ways: either on the forehead, placed on the hair, or taken apart to form five individual pins. According to The Queen’s Diamonds by Sir Hugh Roberts, it “reflects the naturalistic style of head ornaments popular from the mid-19th century onwards”.
When the Queen Mother died in 2002, her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, inherited the tiara. Yet it remained in the royal vault for decades. It is believed to have not been worn by a royal woman since the 1930s. There were rumors that it may have been too damaged or too fragile to be worn again. Today, however, the rare diamond tiara has been given new life thanks to the Princess of Wales.
The princess also wore a white Jenny Packham dress with gold details. On her chest was her Family Order, as well as her Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which was awarded to her in 2019 by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to the Sovereign. Kate Middleton finished her look with a pair of white evening gloves, and in doing so, fully embodied her queen-in-waiting status.