Kate Middleton is known for many things—glorious hair, adorable children, a love of high street style—but wearing tiaras is not one of them. While the Duchess is frequently seen in a hat or fascinators, the times when she’s worn a tiara are comparatively few. In fact, the she has worn a tiara on just five occasions. Most recently, at the Annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on December 8, where the Duchess looked every bit the royal beauty in one of Princess Diana’s favorite tiaras.
It’s uncertain whether Kate’s decision to largely forgo royal headpieces has to do with representing the monarchy as more modern and in touch (which she often does by wearing affordable fashion and repeating outfits), or about distinguishing herself from Princess Diana, who had a penchant for tiaras (a less likely answer as Kate often channels her late mother-in-law’s style)—or perhaps she just wants each time she breaks out the bling to be extra-special. Regardless, the Duchess looks absolutely stunning every time she dons the royal jewels and we wish she’d wear them more often.
Scroll down to take a look at each of Kate Middleton’s rare—but always breathtaking—tiara moments: