Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte dazzled in matching crystal ‘tiaras’ at coronation

The three-dimensional leaf embroidery headpiece was a collaboration between milliner Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen

Ellie Muir
Sunday 07 May 2023 16:46 BST
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Moment William and Kate arrive at Westminster Abbey for King Charles’s coronation

Kate Middleton wowed in a crystal lead embroidery headpiece as she attended the coronation of her father-in-law, King Charles III on Saturday (6 May).

It contradicts earlier reports that suggested that she would opt for a “flower crown” instead of a tiara.

The Princess of Wales instead stunned wearing a three-dimensional leaf embroidery headpiece by milliner Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen.

The headpiece was made from a silver bullion, crystal and finished with silver thread work.

She also wore regal robes at the coronation, including a deep blue Royal Victorian Order mantle edged in scarlet over an Alexander McQueen embroidered ivory silk crepe dress.

Princess Charlotte was dressed in a mini-me version, with her similar crystal headpiece by the same milliner.

Eight-year-old Charlotte also wore an Alexander McQueen dress – with a cape – in ivory silk crepe.

Kate‘s dress featured silver bullion and thread work embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs – with the emblems signifying the four nations also appearing on Charlotte’s dress in ivory satin stitch embroidery.

Both Kate and Charlotte wore almost identical Alexander McQueen outfits

Kate’s earrings were a touching tribute to William’s late mother, with the pearl and diamond pieces belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales.

She also wore Queen Elizabeth II’s George VI Festoon Necklace, which George VI commissioned for his daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1950.

The glittering three strand necklace - a favourite of the late monarch’s - was made using 105 loose collet-set diamonds.

Three-dimensional leaf embroidery headpieces were by milliner Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen

The Princess of Wales was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) by the late Queen in 2019, so is entitled to wear the Grand Cross Mantles of the Royal Victorian Order.

Follow our live updates of the coronation here.

With additional reporting from PA.

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