Kate Middleton Pairs Diana’s Glittery Tiara With Pink Marchesa Dress

Elise Solé
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. (Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton never met Diana, Princess of Wales, but she’s paying tribute to her late mother-in-law by wearing her tiara.

On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, with Kate decked out in a low-cut pink Marchesa gown, a diamond-and-ruby necklace borrowed from Queen Elizabeth, and Diana’s pearl-and-diamond tiara — a wedding gift from the queen when Diana married her son Prince Charles.

Diana, Princess of Wales (Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

The tiara, known as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, is a family heirloom from 1914. According to the Mirror, the jewels are so heavy that Diana got headaches from wearing the piece.

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2015. (Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The duchess first wore a glittering headpiece during her 2011 wedding to Prince William, and then in 2013 to a white-tie reception. In 2015, she wore one to attend a state banquet and then one month later to the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. And we last spotted Kate in a tiara in a family photograph taken in December.

Kate Middleton, after attending the annual Diplomatic Reception on Dec. 8, 2016. (Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

For down-to-earth Kate Middleton, who often shops at the GAP and Zara, the tiara is a reality check that she actually rules.

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