Published On: Sat, Aug 29th, 2020

Kate Middleton bombshell: Duchess of Cambridge borrowed Queen’s jewels worth £20million

Members of the Royal Family are known for wearing eye-catching and often expensive pieces of jewellery. Kate Middleton, 38, first borrowed from the Queen‘s collection at her wedding to Prince William, also 38, in 2011. She has since borrowed pieces worth millions of pounds.

What has Kate borrowed?

Cartier Halo Tiara

When she walked down the aisle in 2011, Kate wore her first piece of royal jewellery.

In line with royal tradition, the mother-of-three borrowed a tiara from the Queen on her wedding day.

She chose the diamond tiara which could be worth a fortune, according to gemologist and jewellery expert Deborah Papas.


She said: “It is very hard to estimate the value but as a Cartier piece, I would estimate it to be worth approximately £750,000 to £1,250,000.”

Lover’s Knot tiara

In 2015, Kate wore another royal tiara previously worn by Princess Diana to attend a Diplomatic Reception.

The eye-catching headpiece could fetch as much as £18million at auction, Eddie Le Vian, Le Vian CEO, told

He said: “The Lover’s Knot tiara has 19 diamond arches with 19 hanging pearls, all set in silver and gold.

While the valuation is not known, they are sure to be worth a small fortune because of their strong royal link.

Nizam of Hyderabad necklace

The diamond statement necklace, made by Cartier, was a wedding gift when the Queen married Prince Philip.

In 2014, Kate borrowed the necklace when she attended the National Portrait Gallery’s annual gala.

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The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 71, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 35. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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