Duchess of Cambridge wears Princess Diana's tiara for state banquet

26 October, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Courtney Perry
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Kate, 36, wore the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, an honour given by Her Majesty to female royals, at the glitzy dinner at Buckingham Palace, held in honour of Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander.

Her decision to have a glass miniature is likely to be a reflection of William's passion for conservation work, which includes campaigning to end the ivory trade.

Diana also wore it in 1982 at a state banquet for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, staged at Hampton Court Palace. "It's shocking, actually, she really needs a fashion makeover", one user wrote.

Worn by the 36-year-old duchess a number of times previously, once in 2017 and on another occasion in 2016, the Cambridge "Lover's Knot" tiara has an extensive regal history, having capped the crowns of a long line of royals since 1818, including the beloved Princess Diana.

In her will Queen Mary left the tiara to to the Queen who wore it frequently, including at an evening event in 1955.

A Kensington Palace representative told the Associated Press that there were crowd management concerns, and one royal aid reportedly said the event was "hot, humid and uncomfortably busy and there were far larger crowds than expected".


Kate finished the look with the diamond and pearl Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara owned by Princess Diana, which she also wore to the Chinese state banquet in 2015 and the Spanish state banquet past year.

Making her third appearance at a state banquet, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a dusty blue gown by favourite designer Alexander McQueen.

The mom of three walked alongside Rear Admiral Ludger Brummelaar, while husband Prince William accompanied British Prime Minister Theresa May.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by Queen Maxima are staying at Buckingham Palace during their two day stay in the United Kingdom.

It's thought that the queen bestowed the order on Kate in December a year ago.

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