Kate Middleton's Cartier tiara borrowed from Queen Elizabeth
Kate Middleton, who became Catherine Duchess of Cambridge today wore a Cartier "halo" tiara to her wedding ceremony, which was lent to the bride by Queen Elizabeth, reports Us Weekly.
The tiara was originally purchased by The Duke of York or King George VI for his Duchess, The Queen Mother just three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King of England. The Queen Mother then gave the piece to Queen Elizabeth for her 18th birthday.
The Princess's parents gave her a pair of diamond earrings which were designed by Robinson Pelham to complement the tiara and represent the Middleton family's new coat of arms with a pear-shaped diamond set and a pave-set diamond acorn in the center.
Her tiara was complemented by an ivory silk tulle veil, trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers. The Princess wore an Alexander McQueen wedding gown designed by the fashion house's creative director, Sarah Burton.
Middleton worked closely with Burton to make the dress. Her wedding shoes, made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidery, were hand-made by the Alexander McQueen team.