Kate Middleton pulled out all the stops for Wednesday night’s diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in the Lover’s Knot, also known as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, a longtime favourite of the royal. It was the perfect accessory for Kate’s navy velvet Alexander McQueen. Her jewelry added a little extra sparkle as well, with her giant clustered diamond ring, the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace and matching earrings from the Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parur set.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in luxury to the event hosting ambassadors, high commissioners and government officials.
To go with the magnificent headpiece, Middleton paired it with drop earrings, a matching necklace and a chic updo. The tiara was originally made by jeweller Garrard by request of Queen Mary in the early 1900s and was a favourite of William’s late mother, Princess Diana. It is a replica of a tiara owned by Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, and it was gifted to Diana from the Queen in 1981.
Kate first wore the tiara in December 2015 at the same reception and donned the diamond and pearl headpiece again at the 2018 event.
Middleton also wore a sash and medals signifying honours bestowed to her by the Queen. In April on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eighth wedding anniversary, Kate was awarded the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
The Corps reception is a royal pre-Christmas tradition where the Queen, 97, hosts around 1,000 guests for the white-tie bash. This year marks the sixth time the royal couple have attended the party together.
William’s brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are not expected to make an appearance, as they continue their six-week break from the spotlight. But Prince Charles and Camilla were on hand to welcome guests.