The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has raised eyebrows with her choice of headwear for the upcoming coronation of King Charles. Instead of the traditional tiara worn by royal women at such occasions, Kate is rumored to be opting for a floral headpiece, sparking accusations that she is “rejecting her own job.”
In a scathing op-ed for news.com.au, royal commentator Daniela Elser suggested that Kate’s decision to eschew the tiara in favor of a more bohemian look is not just a fashion statement, but a statement of intent. “If Kate goes down this slightly hippy dippy route, it would be hugely controversial, bucking tradition and depriving the public, Fleet Street editors and Tik Tok from getting to revel in the sight of the Princess done up like a diamond-encrusted dinner,” Elser wrote.
The move has sparked debate among royal watchers, with some applauding Kate for embracing sustainability and a love of nature, which are reportedly at the heart of King Charles’s coronation plans. According to The Times, the ceremony will also feature re-used thrones and floral displays sourced from Britain rather than overseas.
However, others argue that Kate is shirking her royal duties by rejecting the tiara, which is considered a key symbol of regal power and tradition. Elser suggested that the choice of headgear would be “much more than a bit of an out-there style choice but something of a rejection of her job description.”
Kensington Palace has declined to comment on the rumors surrounding Kate’s coronation attire, stating that the public will have to “wait and see.”
Despite the controversy, Kate is expected to play a key role in the coronation ceremony, alongside her husband Prince William. The couple’s eldest son, Prince George, will also have a crucial role as one of four Pages of Honour for his grandfather.
Despite the speculation, some royal experts believe that the fuss surrounding Kate’s headwear is overblown. “It’s not as if Kate’s opting for a tracksuit and sneakers,” said one commentator. “A floral headpiece is hardly a major break from tradition.”
However, the debate over Kate’s coronation attire highlights the ongoing tension between royal tradition and modern values. As the monarchy seeks to adapt to changing times, it remains to be seen whether Kate’s decision to forgo the tiara will be seen as a bold statement or a betrayal of her royal duties.