Kate Middleton pays touching tribute to Princess Diana with her favourite jewellery

Kate Middleton stunned at the State Banquet yesterday as she was seen wearing one of Princess Diana's favourite tiaras.

The Princess of Wales, 40, swept her hair into an intricate up-do to showcase the Lover's Knot tiara as she attended a lavish event at Buckingham Palace for the first time in her new role.

She also wore a caped, white Jenny Packham floor-length evening dress with sparkling detail on the shoulders. Kate also opted for a matching white Alexander McQueen clutch, and Gianvito Rossi heels.

Kate donned the family order, too, the GCVO Star and Sash, as well as the four-strand pearl bracelet belonging to the late Queen and Diana's diamond and pearl drop earrings.

The Lover's Knot Tiara, a diamond and pearl-encrusted headpiece made in 1914, was often worn by her namesake Princess Diana.

The sparkling headpiece was made by Royal jeweller Garrard in 1914, from pearls and diamonds already in to Queen Mary's possession. However, it was a copy of one owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who married the first Duke of Cambridge in 1818.

It was given to Diana by the Queen as a wedding gift in 1981, and she wore it for the first time at the state opening of parliament that November.


Following her death, the glistening headpiece was passed down to Kate, it is now perhaps her most favourite pieces of royal jewellery.

Kate arrived with the Prince of Wales William as they joined more than 160 guests for a glittering white-tie evening affair at Buckingham Palace in honour of the South African president.

Her appearance at the state dinner marks one of the most glamorous royal moments in years, after grand gatherings like these were put on hold during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Prince William adorned his suit with the Garter Star, the Thistle Star and three miniature medals for Queen Elizabeth's three Jubilees that he was a part of (Gold in 2002, Diamond in 2012 and Platinum in 2022).

Queen Consort Camilla wore the sapphire collection, sometimes known as the King George VI Victorian Sapphire Suite.

It is said to have been of great sentimental importance to the late Queen.

The necklace was a gift from her father, George VI, for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.

Camilla was also dressed in a royal blue lace evening dress by Bruce Oldfield, the Garter sash, Queen Victoria's garter order and the late Queen's family order.

She joined King Charles as he welcomed South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday in another milestone for the new monarch.

King Charles was wearing the Garter Star and Thistle Star, along with three miniature medals (for the Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee).

Other members of the royal family that attended the banquet include the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

Female members of the Firm were seen sporting the Royal Family Order, which is a brooch that shows a portrait of the late monarch on a yellow ribbon, and is worn at all state banquets.

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