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The one piece of jewellery Princess Diana wasn’t allowed to keep after her divorce.


The Princess of Wales, Diana was gifted many jewels. She was allowed to keep the jewellery she had amassed during her marriage. But, not this one piece.

Diana was denied to keep this jewel with her.

Princess Diana was a head-to-toe style icon. Everything from the little black dress dubbed as her revenge dress to the sparkling tiaras she wore dazzled spectators from across the globe.

Because what is a princess without her crown?

The people’s Princess sparkled as she donned her two signature tiara looks. First was the delicate Spencer Tiara. It was her family heirloom, or the ornate Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara.

It was reportedly loaned to her as a wedding gift for diplomatic functions from Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately, Diana didn’t get to wear her beloved Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara for too long.

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She and Prince Charles divorced in 1996 after more than 15 years of marriage. The divorce settlement allowed her to keep all of the jewellery she amassed during their marriage except for one piece.

It was the Cambridge tiara.

She had to return it to Her Majesty because the tiara was from the royal family’s private collection. And by British law, she was no longer a member of the royal family.

Queen Mary appears to be the only royal who ever wore the tiara with the upright pearl drops attached. But if it weren’t for Queen Mary, the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara wouldn’t even exist in the British royal family.

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In fact, it’s actually a replica of the original tiara design worn by Queen Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta. She then passed it down to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth. 

The last time Diana wore the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara was in 1991. It wasn’t until 2015 that Kate Middleton dusted off the tiara and wore it for the first time to the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.