The piece is in fact a mix of the old and new, and this tiara was first worn by Sophie Countess of Wessex on her wedding day. The true provenance of this tiara has never been confirmed, although the palace did say that it came from the Queen’s private collection when Sophie first wore it in 1999.
One of three tiaras at Sophie’s disposal, she has worn it often since her wedding, most recently to the US state dinner in 2019.
The others Sophie wears are the Aquamarine Necklace and the Canadian Aquamarine.
She was also seen in a petite floral tiara at the 2004 wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, but that diadem is thought to have been a loan from a jeweller as it has only ever been seen once.
Made of three open scrollwork motifs, Sophie’s wedding tiara was designed and remodelled by the Crown Jeweller at the time.
Eagle-eyed fans spotted this when she wore it last, at the 2019 state dinner for the American President.
Some tiaras have formed part of iconic moments in the history of the Royal Family. The Cartier Halo for instance, was worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day to Prince William in 2011.
Similarly, the Meander tiara was admired around the world thanks to it being the choice of Zara Phillips for her wedding to Mike Tindall in 2011.
And it is the Lover’s Knot that is most often seen today, as it is a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge.
It was closely associated with Diana, Princess of Wales during her marriage to Prince Charles, so holds special significance for Kate.