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The REAL reason Kate Middleton wears tiaras and royal jewels

Written by Noah Bethilda

There is a reason Kate Middleton and the other royals wear tiaras and diamonds to formal events [Getty]

Whether it’s a ball or a special event, the Queen and Kate Middleton will reserve their best family jewels for these formal events. 

The Duchess Of Cambridge is often seen wearing jewels lent to her from Her Majesty – something that Meghan Markle will have to wait for until she married Prince Harry in May 2018. 

And there is a very special reason why the royal women wear jewels for occasions such as these, and it’s not to show how rich they are. 

In fact, it’s to show that they are taken women, and are no longer on the market. 

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 24:  Queen Elizabeth II attends a State Banquet on day 2 of a four day State Visit on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Ukas - Pool /Getty Images)Wearing a tiara and diamonds shows the men that this woman is taken [Getty]

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after attending the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)Kate Middleton has been seen wearing the Queen’s jewels in the past [Getty]

A senior tutor for The English Manner etiquette consultancy, Diana Mather explained to the BBC that jewellery, such as tiaras, are reserved for married women or members of the Royal Family. 

She revealed: “The old rule is that hats are never worn indoors after 6pm, because that is when the ladies changed into evening dress, and tiaras and the family jewels would come out.

“Flashy diamonds and tiaras are not worn during the day, and only married ladies wear tiaras.”

Mr Harrold, an etiquette expert, known as The Royal Butler, added: “For married ladies it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20:  The Queen And Prince Philip In The Green Room At Home In Windsor Castle  (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)The Queen’s jewellery collection is only for married members of the royal family [Getty]

“For the gentleman it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question.”

In other words, if you ever happen to be at a royal event and someone is head-to-toe in diamonds, don’t bother chatting them up. 

In other royal news, more intimate details from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May wedding have been revealed – see them here.