The jewels and gems that adorned a Princess-bride

Friday April 29, 2011

It was the first image of the beautiful new Duchess since her official step into the royal circle.

Sitting atop her signature long chestnut locks was the crowning glory and a symbol of her royal status – the Cartier ‘halo’ tiara lent to her by the Queen.

The tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was given as a present to the Queen Mother by her husband the Duke of York.

She then passed it down to Princess Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth II – for her 18th birthday.

The bride's parents also gave their daughter a special gift for her big day.

Carole and Michael Middleton presented Kate with a specially made pair of earrings based on the family's new coat of arms to complement her tiara.

The diamond-set oak leaf earrings consisted of a pear-shaped diamond and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the middle.

The items of jewellery were created by Robinson Pelham.

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