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Duchess Kate dazzles in Princess Diana tiara

By Jamie McKinnell

Published 09/12/2015

The Duchess of Cambridge wears one of the late Princess of Wales’ favourite tiaras as she leaves a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace with Prince William
The Duchess of Cambridge wears one of the late Princess of Wales’ favourite tiaras as she leaves a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace with Prince William
The Princess of Wales wearing the tiara

The Duchess of Cambridge has worn one of the late Princess of Wales' favourite tiaras to a major diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

Kate was seen wearing the sparkling Cambridge lover's knot tiara in the back of a chauffeur-driven Bentley as she arrived for the function last night.

It is only the fourth time she has chosen to wear a tiara.

The most recent occasion was at her inaugural Buckingham Palace state banquet in October, where she wore the delicate lotus flower tiara.

The dazzling headpiece was a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was given to her by the Queen as a wedding gift in 1981.

The diamond and pearl-encrusted tiara was made in 1914 and has a strong French influence with a neo-classical design of 19 diamond arches, each cradling an oriental pearl drop.

It was designed by the Queen's grandmother Queen Mary and based on one owned by Mary's grandmother Princess Augusta who married the first Duke of Cambridge.

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