Another first of Kate’s Royal Journey is Cartier Halo Tiara. She wore the beautiful royal piece at her wedding on April 29 2011. Designed by Cartier in 1936 the diamond ‘halo’ tiara formed as a band of 16 graduated scrolls, set with 739 brilliants and 149 baton diamonds, each scroll divided by a graduated brilliant and with a large brilliant at the centre.
The tiara was a gift from King George VI to his wife Queen Elizabeth I (The then Duke and Duchess of York). Queen Elizabeth II received the tiara from her Mother on her 18th birthday but never worn it publicly. It is believed that both Queen and her mother were not fond of this tiara.
Princess Margaret and Later Princess Anne were seen wearing the tiara.
In 2011 the tiara was on display at the Royal Collection’s show ‘The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design’ at Buckingham Palace along with Duchess’ Wedding dress and veil.
On her wedding day, Catherine’s hairdresser, Richard Ward and his team styled Catherine’s hairs into a demi chignon to set the tiara. A foundation for tiara was set by back-combing where tiara sat and then they added tiny plait in the middle and sewed it to make sure tiara stays as it is during the long day. The salon reportedly used a £6.50 Claire plastic tiara for practice.
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