Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate Middleton's Crown Jewels

Kate Middleton's gorgeous gown was topped with a veil of layered with soft ivory silk tulle and hand-embroidered flowers. The veil was held in place with a halo tiara made from old and baguette-cut diamonds. Made by Cartier in 1936, the tiara was a gift to the Queen for her 18th birthday. It is unclear if the delicate headpiece was lent to Kate or a wedding gift. Queen’s 1981 wedding gift to Diana was the Cambridge Lovers’ Knot Tiara (though Diana wore a Spencer family tiara to her wedding).

Robinson Pelham's earring design was inspired by the Middleton family's new coat of arms and created to match her tiara. Featuring diamond-set stylized oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond drop and a pavĂ©-set diamond acorn suspended in the centre, the earrings were a gift to the royal bride by her parents for her wedding day.

Prince William appeared to have a moment of difficulty in slipping on Kate's band, made with rare 18 carat Clogau Welsh gold. Wartski fashioned the ring from a piece of the heirloom gold, given to Prince William as a gift from the Queen. A tiny amount of gold mined from the Welsh mountains (not far from where the couple will start their married life on Anglesey), has been kept in the royal vaults since it was originally presented to William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

The Prince has declined to wear a ring (mmmmhmmmm), but apparently ringless royal patriarchs are not uncommon. William's grandfather, Prince Phillip, does not wear a wedding ring, nor did Prince Charles when he married Princess Diana (but that changed when he wed Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005).