An up close look at The Cartier Halo Tiara


In anticipation of Kate's dress going on display in just a few days, we are going to take an up close look at the Cartier Halo Tiara that Kate wore on her wedding day.


The queen loaned her gorgeous tiara to Kate on her wedding day. It was made by Cartier in 1936 inside their London workshop which is also known as “The English Art Works.” The tiara is made of platinum and the pretty wave-like shapes are described as ‘scroll’ or ‘palmette’ motifs.


The official description of the tiara given by Cartier is as follows "The tiara, featuring 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds, was first purchased by His Royal Highness the Duke of York on November 18, 1936 for his wife a few weeks before he acceded to the throne of England after the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII. Highly fashionable in the 1930s, this head ornament appears to create a real halo of light, hence its name: the “Halo Tiara"


The tiara has been worn by Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (1960's), and Princess Anne (1970s).


Update 9/29/2011

Pictures of Royals wearing the Cartier Halo Tiara


The Queen Mother


Princess Margaret


Princess Anne

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