Lotus Flower tiara: Expert discusses the 'delicate' jewels
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The Princess of Wales is famed for her bouncy blowouts, but this week Kate showed off a straight hairstyle with voluminous roots. Atop her head was the Lotus Flower Tiara, a floral diadem that hasn’t been worn by Kate for years.
When Kate has previously worn tiaras, she has often done so with an intricate swept-up hairstyle.
And when she got married in 2011, Kate wore a curled half-up half-down hairstyle with the Cartier Halo Tiara securing her veil.
But Kate has turned to a long and straight tiara hairstyle at this week’s Diplomatic Corps reception for the first time.
Twitter comments flooded in support of Kate’s new look on Tuesday night, with many noting Kate’s new straight hair-do suited her.
One user, @KathyAlbers12, wrote: “Catherine Princess of Wales, looks so incredible in her gorgeous red dress. Love her new hairstyle”.
@MichaelC_CHI said: “The hair for me; stunning little back combed oomph… but make it royal. Every inch regal”. @Nean61170806 wrote: “Omg just noticing the hair and loving it”.
Straight hair seems to be Kate’s favourite hairstyle this year as she showed off her tresses on her royal tour of the Caribbean earlier this year for casual and evening events.
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Kate wore a red sequinned Jenny Packham gown for the Diplomatic Corps reception this year.
The long-sleeved dress fell to the floor and featured floral beaded embellishments. To hold her blue sash in place, Kate wore her Bentley & Skinner Art Deco Diamond Set Brooch which she reportedly acquired earlier this year.
She wore a pair of diamond earrings that belonged to the Queen which perfectly complemented her Lotus Flower Tiara.
The Lotus Flower Tiara was worn by Kate for the first time in 2013 and again during the State Visit of China’s President Xi Jinping in 2015.
With its elegant diamond-encrusted lotus motifs, the tiara is one of the smaller diadems in the royal collection.
Princess Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister, wore the Lotus Flower Tiara throughout her time as a royal, and before her, it belonged to the Queen Mother.
The Queen Mother, then the Duchess of York, commissioned the tiara in the 1920s.
It was made from dismantled jewels from another necklace she had been given as a wedding present by her husband, the future King George VI.
Unlike Margaret who often wore the tiara on top of high hair-do’s, the Queen Mother wore the style low on her head.
This fashion of wearing headwear on the forehead was commonplace in the 1920s, but it’s not as popular now with modern royals when wearing tiaras.
Kate’s Lotus Flower Tiara moment was praised online as she rarely deviates from her favourite tiara, the Lover’s Knot Tiara.
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