Here is Why We Loved the Princesses Matching Flower Crowns
Perhaps the sweetest takeaway from the past royal weekend is the matching mother-and-daughter moment of Princess Charlotte's tiara with her Mother's intricate floral silver diadem.
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Princess Catherine of Wales opted for the most luxurious daisy chain designed by Alexander Mcqueen and Jess Collett, a couture milliner, rather than a traditional tiara like many presumed she would. The floral effect of the diadem was hard to miss as it was unlike any of the royal jewellery seen on Saturday (excluding Princess Charlotte's matching piece). The design was detailed with silver bullion, crystal and silver thread work, and leaf embroidery, a relatively understated jewellery piece compared to some of the other royal jewels adorned for the occasion.
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It is suspected that this may have been part of a political move on Kate's behalf. Wearing a traditional tiara with expensive value may have appeared insensitive to Britain's current financial crisis or the recent claims of colonial theft of various jewels. Because while the matching headpieces are beautiful, they are not the typical 'precious' standard we usually expect to see on the royals. It is also a nontraditional jewellery piece to be worn for a royal event, perhaps indicating the modernism Kate brings to the royal family, departing to her daughter and what she will bring to the monarchy when Prince William is crowned.
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Part of why these pieces caught our eye at LKC is their meaning and representation in connection to the event and King Charles III. Jewellery is a medium in which we can detail moments, memories and significant parts of our lives. That was demonstrated eloquently by Kate and Charlotte as their floral headpieces pay homage to King Charles's passion for nature and his campaigns to preserve the environment. Their botanical motif is a subtle yet profoundly personal attribute to the King's day of celebration and a show of their familial support.
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The motif is also believed to be a nod to an ancient figure from British folklore, the Green Man, symbolised throughout Charles' coronation. The Green Man represents spring and rebirth, an omen to blessing the new monarch and reign.