What Kate Wore: The Jewelry of the Royal Wedding

May 05, 2011

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The Royal Wedding was only Friday and people are still talking about it, whether it’s Kate’s stunning dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, hats that defied physics, and of course, the jewelry. Even if you weren’t one of the enthusiasts that awoke at 4am to watch the affair live, there’s been plenty of photographs and video footage to go around.

1. Cartier Halo Tiara

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Kate opted to wear the Cartier Halo diamond and platinum tiara, lent to her by Queen Elizabeth. This diamond and platinum tiara is modest in comparison to the rest of Queen Elizabeth’s extensive tiara collection, but it suited Kate’s elegant and streamlined look. This tiara was made by luxury jewelry giant Cartier in 1936 and it was purchased by Albert, the Duke of York for his wife, Elizabeth, three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King George VI. Elizabeth’s daughter, the current Queen Elizabeth II, received the Cartier tiara as an 18th birthday present in 1944.

2. Custom Robinson Pelham Diamond Drop Earrings

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Kate’s parents had these pave diamond earrings custom made to match the Cartier Halo Tiara, and they also feature a pave diamond, dangling acorn motif in reference to the Middleton family crest. Kate’s sister Phillipa also sported a fantastic floral pair of Robinson Pelham diamond earrings that matched the more nature-inspired headpiece she wore.

3. Welsh Gold Wedding Band

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Kate’s wedding ring is a Welsh gold band made by Wartski. The same company that made gold wedding bands for Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding. Prince William decided to go without a wedding band, perhaps due to the professional hazards of helicopter search-and-rescue.

Of course there were also plenty of pearls to go around. Queen Elizabeth II matched her soft yellow outfit with a simple pair of stud pearl earrings and a triple pearl-strand necklace. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also favored a pair of white, dangling pearl earrings with a matching pearl strand necklace.

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