The hidden pain behind Kate Middleton's favorite tiara revealed

Kate Middleton is a big fan of the Lover's Knot tiara, but the gorgeous royal headpiece is reportedly quite uncomfortable to wear

The hidden pain behind Kate Middleton's favorite tiara revealed
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Kate Middleton has long been a fan of the iconic Lover's Knot tiara, but the stunning royal headpiece reportedly comes with its downsides. 

Kate Middleton's adoration of the Lover's Knot tiara is no secret to royal fans. 

The Princess of Wales, 41, has worn the diamond headpiece on multiple occasions in the past, with its most recent outing taking place at the wedding of Al Hussein bin Abdullah, Crown Prince of Jordan, and Rajwa Al Saif in Jordan on June 1. The Lover's Knot tiara was also famously worn by Princess Diana, who had reportedly received it as a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth II. 

What the public might not know about the tiara, however, is the physical burden behind its gorgeous appearance. Princess Diana reportedly suffered immensely due to its substantial weight, which is estimated to be about 4oz. 

"Apparently because it was so heavy she used to get terrible headaches from wearing it," a royal fan with the username @themirandaholder said on TikTok. 


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According to jewelry experts, the main culprit of the Lover's Knot tiara's uncomfortable qualities is its sturdy material. 

"It is large and made from platinum, which is a dense metal and would be at least 95 percent pure, giving a heavy mount to start with," Alexandra Michell of Prestige Pawnbrokers, told the, after admitting that she's "not surprised" that the tiara caused headaches. 

"The pearls are large and together with the array of varying sizes of diamonds, would add to a hefty weight," the gemologist added. 

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Kate Middleton wearing the Lover's Knot tiara in Jordan on June 1 

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It has also been said that Diana complained about the tiara's noisiness, which was caused by its swinging pearls. The late princess reportedly decided against wearing it on her wedding day to King Charles III in 1981 for this very reason, opting to complete her bridal dress by David and Elizabeth Emanuel with a Spencer tiara instead. 

The Lover's Knot tiara was made by Garrard in 1914 and designed personally by Queen Mary, who requested the royal jeweler to incorporate existing pearls and diamonds in the Royal Family's collection into the extravagant piece. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.