Her tiara, (Cartier), was made in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (King George VI) for his Duchess (The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King.
Queen Elizabeth received the tiara from her mother on her 18th birthday. The sparkling tiara held Middleton’s transparent veil, made of ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers. Middleton’s diamond earrings (by Robinson Pelham) were inspired by her family’s new coat of arms: a pear-shaped diamond set drop and a pave-set diamond acorn in the center. Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael, gave them to her as a personal gift for her wedding day.
“Catherine’s jewelry epitomizes the modern yet timeless bride — she successfully blended elements from several eras together,” jewelry expert Michael O’Connor tells.
“Her platinum and diamond pear-shaped drop earrings are very much in trend right now, and demonstrate a chic princess style.
Catherine’s platinum and diamond tiara borrowed from the Queen is a nod to the past and shows the emotional bond between Catherine and her new family. And of course, the stunning blue sapphire engagement ring added just the right pop of color and was a nod to William’s mother.”
Prince has given Kate the 18-carat white gold engagement ring worn by his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
The ring – which features a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire and diamonds – was designed by British jewellery house Garrard and was selected by Lady Diana Spencer from a selection presented to her by the then-Crown jewellers for her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981.
Although it was valued at ?28,500 at the time, it was an unusual choice by a member of the Royal Family as it was not unique and any member of the public could buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue.
Although many of the royal-wedding attendees’ footwear of choice was Jimmy Choo (Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Mrs. Middleton), Middleton’s hand-made ivory duchess satin shoes were designed by the team at McQueen.