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How Kate Middleton broke royal tradition at King Charles III’s coronation

Princess Charlotte was seen wearing an embroidery headpiece at Charles III’s coronation instead of opting for a tiara.

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Princess Charlotte was seen wearing an embroidery headpiece at Charles III’s coronation, instead of opting for a tiara
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The Princess of Wales arrived at Westminster Abbey on Saturday morning for the Coronation of King Charles III, looking radiant in a beautiful ivory Alexander McQueen dress.

But the 41-year-old mother-of-two has impressed even further by doing something unexpected and brave with her outfit choice.

In a break with coronation custom, the Princess of Wales opted for a Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen headpiece rather than a tiara, which featured three-dimensional leaf embroidery with silver bullion, crystal, and silver thread work.

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The simple and bejeweled headwear adverts to the flower crowns worn by Queen Elizabeth’s maids of honor at her 1953 coronation.

Her daughter, Charlotte, looked like a mini version of her in a similar style dress also by McQueen, and a very similar headpiece.

The Princess also wore a set of Diana’s pearl and diamond earrings as a touching nod to her late mother-in-law, as well as The George VI Festoon Necklace, which was a gift from King George VI for his daughter, then Princess Elizabeth, as a tribute to the late Queen.