For her something ‘borrowed’, the Bride choose to wear a diamond tiara borrowed from the Queen of Britain and for her something ‘new’, her parents gifted her with a pair of diamond earrings.
The Cartier ‘Halo’ Tiara
The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.
The ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
The Bride’s earrings, by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were made to echo the tiara. The earrings were a personal gift to the Bride from her parents for her Wedding Day.
Ms Benyon and her team also created Kate’s sister Pippa’s floral-look diamond earrings, Carole’s pendant and earrings, and the gold pins that adorned the suits of the bride’s father and brother James.
The Wedding Band
Prince William and Catherine Middleton chose Wartski to make the Wedding Ring for Miss Middleton. Wartski is a family jewellery business founded in 1865. Its first establishment was in Bangor and later the business moved to the seaside resort of Llandudno. Wartski supplied the engagement and wedding rings to Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Viscount Linley when he married The Hon. Serena Stanhope in 1993. They also made the wedding rings (also of Welsh gold) for The Prince of Wales and Mrs. Camilla Parker-Bowles for their wedding in 2005. Wartski are long-established grantees of the warrants of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales
The ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold that was given to Prince William by The Queen shortly after the engagement was announced.The ring will be carried to Westminster Abbey by Prince William’s Best Man Prince Harry on the wedding day. There will be only one ring, in accordance with the Couple’s wishes.
The Engagement Ring
Prince William’s late mother’s, Princess Diana’s own engagement ring. An eighteen carat oval shaped sapphire surrounded by 10 brilliant cut diamonds from Garrard.