Kate Middleton has arrived at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles III – and she’s not wearing a tiara. Instead, the Princess of Wales wore a beautiful ivory flower crown designed by Jess Collette x Alexander McQueen. She and other senior royals are believed to have opted for a more understated look to suit the occasion of the measured ceremony.
Stylish royal, Alexander McQueen paired the stunning topper with an ivory dress in a red, white and blue dress as a nod to the Union Jack flag. She wore her hair in an elegant updo and completed her look with Princess Diana’s pearl earrings. During today’s ceremony, Kate will likely wear a coronet, a small tiara usually worn during coronations.
The only royals at today’s coronation are Prince Charles and Queen Camilla. The Queen will raise her head with Mary’s crown, the first time in recent history that an existing crown has been used for a coronation. The 2,200-diamond tiara was designed by royal jewelers House of Garratt for the coronation of King George V in June 1911. King Charles, for his part, wears the St. Edward’s Crown – which was made for King Charles II. Used at his coronation in 1661 – officially declared the new King of England.
Kate was joined by her husband and future King Prince William and their three adorable children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Prince of Wales may be crowned for today’s events; There is speculation that she may wear the coronet of Charles, Prince of Wales, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth for her father’s investiture in 1969. (Currently, Prince William has no formal investment plans.)
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Sophie Dweck is the associate shopping editor for Town & Country, where she covers beauty, fashion, home and decor, and more.