Kate Middleton is known for many things—glorious hair, adorable children, a love of high street style—but wearing tiaras is not one of them. While the Duchess is frequently seen in a hat or fascinators, the times when she's worn a tiara are comparatively few. In fact, the she has worn a tiara on just five occasions. Most recently, at the Annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on December 8, where the Duchess looked every bit the royal beauty in one of Princess Diana's favorite tiaras.
It's uncertain whether Kate's decision to largely forgo royal headpieces has to do with representing the monarchy as more modern and in touch (which she often does by wearing affordable fashion and repeating outfits), or about distinguishing herself from Princess Diana, who had a penchant for tiaras (a less likely answer as Kate often channels her late mother-in-law's style)—or perhaps she just wants each time she breaks out the bling to be extra-special. Regardless, the Duchess looks absolutely stunning every time she dons the royal jewels and we wish she'd wear them more often.
Scroll down to take a look at each of Kate Middleton's rare—but always breathtaking—tiara moments:
At the Annual Diplomatic Reception held at Buckingham Palace, the Duchess accessorized her ruby-red Jenny Packham gown with the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara—a favorite of Princess Diana.
This glamorous heirloom has been in the family since 1913, when Queen Mary commission the royal jeweler Garrard to make it. It features 19 diamond arches over a row of pearl drops.
The Duchess previously wore the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara at the Annual Diplomatic Reception in 2015, paired with an ice blue Alexander McQueen gown.
Dressed in the familier red Jenny Packham gown, Kate Middleton wore the Lotus Flower Tiara while attending a state banquet for the Chinese president at Buckingham Palace. This piece was originally a necklace given to the Queen Mother in 1923, but she quickly had it turned into a tiara.
At the Annual Diplomatic Reception in 2013, the Duchess wore almost the exact outfit she wore to the event in 2015. The blue Alexander McQueen dress and borrowed earrings from Queen Elizabeth were the same, but at the 2013 occasion Kate opted for the Lotus Flower Tiara.
On her wedding day, the Duchess complemented her Alexander McQueen bridal gown with a dramatic veil, which was anchored by the Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth.
This stunning diamond sparkler was created by Cartier in 1936 at the behest of King George VI—he gave it to his wife Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, three weeks before he ascended the throne. The delicate headpiece evokes a modern elegance, which made it the perfect choice for Kate's wedding day.