The Princess of Wales was the picture of elegance when attending a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace last night, the first hosted by King Charles III since becoming monarch and the first that she was attending under her new title. The event was held in honour of the President of the Republic of South Africa's visit to the UK.
Kate looked to one of her go-to black-tie labels for the occasion, wearing a beautiful white Jenny Packham gown with an attached cape. The simple, floor-length design featured peaked shoulders that were covered in glittering embellishments, making it a dazzling, yet completely event-appropriate choice.
She paired her dress with the famous Lovers' Knot tiara – a favourite of hers, and one she was seen wearing in public on many occasions in her former role as the Duchess of Cambridge, particularly at state banquets. The treasured headpiece was created by royal jeweller Garrard and belonged to Queen Elizabeth II. The Lovers' Knot tiara was also a favourite of the last royal to hold the Princess of Wales title: Princess Diana.
For the dinner last night, Kate also wore some delicate diamond and pearl earrings, and a multi-strand pearl bracelet that also previously belonged to Her Majesty the Queen. She finished her look with a dainty minaudière in matching white, as well as several royal insignias.
Kate was among a group of senior royals to be seen wearing a blue sash, which signifies her position as a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order – the highest chivalry ranking personally awarded by the Queen, which she received in 2019. This is commonly paired with a Maltese cross, typically worn near the bottom of the sash, as Kate did last night. The royal also wore the yellow Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth ribbon, which is bestowed on female members of the British monarchy.
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