Kate Middleton During The State Banquet At Buckingham Palace: As the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton is wearing a tiara for the first time. For the state supper held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the 40-year-old monarch donned her first tiara in almost three years.
During King Charles III’s first state visit, a dinner was given to welcome Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, to the United Kingdom. Princess Kate donned her go-to tiara, Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara, and a white Jenny Packham gown for the formal evening.
The tiara, which included pearls dangling from diamond knots, was a favourite of Princess Diana, her mother-in-law. More than a century old, the magnificent sparkler was reportedly ordered by Queen Mary from the jeweller Garrard in 1913 or 1914, according to the Court Jeweller.
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It is a copy of a tiara that Princess Augusta of Hesse, the Duchess of Cambridge, Mary’s grandmother, formerly wore. Kate furthermore donned a bracelet from Queen Elizabeth’s jewellery collection in addition to earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana and that she most recently wore for the Remembrance Sunday service.
She finished her appearance with the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order star and sash in addition to the Royal Family order. Prince William, who participated in three of Queen Elizabeth’s jubilees, added the Garter Star, the Thistle Star, and three miniature medals to his uniform (Gold in 2002, Diamond in 2012 and Platinum in 2022).
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The state visit is the first one the British royal family has hosted since former U.S. President Donald Trump visited the U.K. in 2019. The primary reason for this is the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent time Kate wore a tiara was in December 2019 at the Diplomatic Corps banquet, a yearly gathering of 1,000 guests that included ambassadors, high commissioners, and government officials.
She accessorized for the occasion with the Lover’s Knot tiara, the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, and a navy velvet gown with long sleeves by Alexander McQueen (the designer of her royal wedding gown!). For the state banquet, Queen Camilla also donned the sapphire and diamond tiara that Queen Elizabeth wore for a state visit in 2015 with President Xi Jinping of China.
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This was her first tiara of King Charles’ reign. She chose a blue dress to match the headdress. Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex (wearing the Aquamarine Necklace Tiara), the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Lady Susan Hussey, and Annabel Whitehead, a previous lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, were also there.
Grilled brill with wild mushrooms and truffles in sorrel sauce and ballotine of Windsor pheasant packed with artichokes, quince compote, and the port sauce was on the menu for the banquet’s meal in the palace ballroom. Dessert was an iced vanilla parfait with caramelized apples for the guests.
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At the meal, Queen Camilla and Prince William were on either side of South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor, who was seated between King Charles and Kate. In a video posted to the royal family’s Twitter feed, King Charles and Queen Camilla examined the table as finishing touches were made before guests arrived.
Over 100 ivory-coloured candles in silver-gilt candelabra, displays of seasonal fruit, and 23 floral arrangements in silver-gilt centrepieces, many of which King George IV bought in the nineteenth century, are used to decorate the table. The floral arrangements were made with seasonal flowers from the gardens of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
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At a state dinner, more than a thousand glasses are utilized. Each visitor receives six mirrors plus an additional champagne glass for toasts. Kate and Prince William, both 40 years old, have so far had a significant impact on the state visit. On behalf of King Charles, the pair greeted President Ramaphosa at the Corinthia Hotel earlier on Tuesday.
They then took the president to Horse Guards Parade, where he was formally welcomed. Kate and Prince William then took part in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace with King Charles and Queen Camilla.