It is a rare occasion to see any member of the royal family in a crown but it was tiaras all round on Tuesday night
Tiaras at the ready! Kate wears one of Diana’s headpieces and Camilla opts for one of the Queen Mother’s as they attend the Queen’s Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace
The royal family are attending the Queen’s Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace this evening
Guests so far include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
The white tie Diplomatic Reception is the main social event of the year in London for the diplomatic community and reflects the Queen’s importance in terms of the UK’s international relations
It is a rare occasion to see any member of the royal family in a crown but it was tiaras all round on Tuesday night.
Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall could be seen wearing the ceremonial piece as they made their way to the Queen’s Diplomatic Reception this evening.
Kate, 35, and Camilla, 70, were seen wearing their glittering head pieces as they made the short trip from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace for the annual celebratory dinner.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are expecting their third child in April 2018, were all smiles as they rode in the back of a Bentley to the prestigious event.
The pregnant mother-of-two appeared to be wearing a white silk gown which featured inticate embellishment around the neckline off-set by an elegant diamond necklace.
As she is custom to do when she wears a tiara, Kate swept her brunette locks up into a low chignon revealing a pair of pearl drop earrings.
The tiara we see Kate in this evening is the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara a piece beloved by William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and one that the Duchess seems to favour.
William, 35, looked his dapper best in white tie, saved only for the most special of occasions as he chatted with his wife in the passenger seat.
Camilla stunned in a white lace gown which was paired a four-string pearl necklace fixed with a diamond clasp.
She was pictured wearing the Boucheron tiara, a piece from the Queen’s collection most famously worn by the Queen Mother that Camilla favours when it comes to choosing a tiara.
The Duchess of Cornwall was joined by Prince Charles, who too was dressed in all of his finery including several ceremonial medals for the reception.
Camilla is also thought to be wearing The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, an honour bestowed on female members of the British Royal Family by the monarch and worn on formal occasions.
It depicts the Queen as a young woman in evening dress wearing the ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter.
The miniature, painted on ivory, is bordered by diamonds and surmounted by a Tudor Crown in diamonds and red enamel. Its reverse, in silver-gilt, is patterned with rays and depicts the royal cypher and St. Edward’s Crown in gold and enamel.
According to tradition, the Order is worn pinned to the dress of the recipient on the left shoulder with a watered silk ribbon in chartreuse yellow, formed into a bow.
The women currently entitled to wear the order aside from the Queen are: Camilla, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, and the Duchess of Gloucester, married to her first
The white tie Diplomatic Reception is the main social event of the year in London for the diplomatic community and reflects the Queen’s importance in terms of the UK’s international relations.
It is also the largest reception held at Buckingham Palace, requiring hours of intricate planning by the Master of the Household and the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as the commandeering of almost every member of waiting staff.
More than 1,000 people from around 130 countries, including members of the British government, past Prime Ministers and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York attend the gathering.
Most notable, however, are the many hundreds of ambassadors and embassy staff officially accredited to the Court of St James, often in brilliantly coloured and eye-catching national dress.
One noticeable absence this evening is of course Prince Harry, who was attending an annual charity carol concert in London’s Chelsea.
Harry, 33, who announced his engagement to Meghan Markle last week, was joined by Pippa Matthews, Carole Middleton and former flame Cressida Bonas at the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund carol concert.
The charity, which uniquely has both William and his brother Prince Harry as patrons, was set up in memory of their friend, who died in a car crash in 2002.
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