Kate Middleton breaks royal rules at Charles’ coronation

In an unusual precedent, Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, may bypass an important tradition of attending the coronation ceremony of the British monarch, by choosing not to wear the customary diamond princely crown.

A week before the historic coronation ceremony, The Times reported that the Princess of Wales plans to change the precedent of the past by not wearing the royal accessory, instead it is believed that she plans to wear a headdress of flowers, as she is used to on many occasions.

Symbol of the crown of flowers at the coronation of King Charles III

Although it’s still not clear what coronation flowers might look like, floral crowns have long been one of Kate’s style signatures for formal occasions.

The Times speculated that the flowers would be delicately woven to suit King Charles’s environmental and passion for preservation, and that concern for sustainability may have been reflected in other coronation decisions, from whimsical invitations on recycled paper to Queen Camilla wearing a tiara from the royal vault rather than a new one.

The scene of the Princess of Wales wearing a floral crown sends a special message, which shows the king’s respect for nature and his passion for flowers. Royal biographer Sally Bedell-Smith for The Times.

imitation royal crown

“Almost every royal lady wore tiaras at the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, and so did many aristocratic women, but times have definitely changed in 70 years,” Lorraine Kehenna, writer for The Court Jeweler, told People.

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