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Among Kate Middleton’s most remarkable fashion moments during her years as part of the royal family, her wedding day look stands out for many as the Princess of Wales leaned into the elegant, lady-like style she’s become known for.

Middleton and Prince William, who are celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary on Monday, had one of the most highly anticipated royal weddings of the century, with much attention on what Middleton would wear for her big day.

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kate middleton wears cartier tiara, LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles following her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)kate middleton wears cartier tiara, LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles following her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton smiles following her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London.

While royal spectators were keen to see which fashion designer the princess would go with for her wedding dress, other eagle-eyed fans were attuned to Middleton’s accessories for the wedding day, particularly which wedding day tiara she would sport from the late Queen Elizabeth’s II’s lavish collection.

Middleton ultimately went with Queen Elizabeth’s Cartier Halo Tiara, which had been a part of the late queen’s tiara collection since she was 18 years old.

Middleton’s wedding day tiara was initially commissioned in 1936 by Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, who created the accessory for his wife shortly before he took on the throne.

The opulent accessory has an intricate design — the tiara is set with 739 brilliant and 149 baton diamonds, according to the Royal Collection Trust.

kate middleton wears cartier tiara, LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile at the cheering crowds as they make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)kate middleton wears cartier tiara, LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile at the cheering crowds as they make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton smiles following her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London.

The royal family continued the tradition of women borrowing their wedding day tiara from Queen Elizabeth’s extensive collection after Middleton’s royal wedding. Following Princess Kate’s wedding, Meghan Markle wore the Queen Mary Bandeau Tiara for her royal wedding in 2017. 

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice also wore tiaras from her collection for their royal weddings, with the former opting for the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara and the latter wearing the Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara. Princess Beatrice’s tiara was the same one that Queen Elizabeth II wore for her own wedding to the late Prince Philip in 1947.

kate middleton wears cartier tiara, LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)kate middleton wears cartier tiara, LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton smiles following her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London.

Middleton paired the Cartier Halo Tiara with a custom Alexander McQueen gown made by former designer Sarah Burton. The Victorian-inspired dress was designed with an ivory lace bodice paired with a high lace collar, long lace sleeves and a satin skirt featuring a nine-foot train.

kate middleton wears cartier tiara,   Kate Middleton and Prince Williams at their Royal Wedding in April, 2011.kate middleton wears cartier tiara,   Kate Middleton and Prince Williams at their Royal Wedding in April, 2011.

Kate Middleton and Prince Williams at their Royal Wedding in April 2011.

Although a part of the queen’s collection, Queen Elizabeth was never publicly seen wearing Middleton’s wedding day tiara. She instead lent out the Cartier Halo Tiara to her sister, Princess Margaret, and her daughter, Princess Anne, before Middleton wore the headpiece.

While Middleton’s wedding day Cartier Halo Tiara is among the most lavish headpieces she’s worn over the years, the princess has also regularly been seen wearing the Lover’s Knot Tiara, another piece from Queen Elizabeth II’s collection.

In 1913, Queen Mary commissioned the tiara from the House of Garrard and was created with 19 baroque pearls and rose-cut diamonds set in a series of heart-shaped knots. The tiara was also regularly worn by Princess Diana.

Middleton’s wedding day look has stood the test of time as one of the princess’ most memorable fashion moments over the last two decades, and will surely remain as a hallmark of her revered style.

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