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Kate stars in Lover’s Knot Tiara at King Charles’ 1st State Banquet

Prince William and Princess Catherine of Wales at the state banquet for the President of South Africa James Whatling/MEGA

Princess Kate has stepped into her favorite accessory again. The British Royal Family wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, November 22.

While Kate, 40, previously wore the headpiece – which belonged to the late Princess Diana – Tuesday marked her first time wearing the jewel as the new Princess of Wales. The English native was given the title after Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8.

The much-loved tiara was commissioned by Queen Mary and is at least 100 years old, according to the Court Jeweler. For the palace party, the princess paired the sparkler with a crystal-encrusted dress from Jenny Packham.

The dress had bell sleeves with slits in the middle. She further honored her late mother-in-law, who died at the age of 36 in 1997 at the age of 36 in 1997, by wearing Diana’s diamond and South Sea Pearl earrings. The dangling gems were some of Diana’s favorites as she wore them on multiple occasions, including an event where she received a humanitarian award from Henry Kissinger in New York in 1995.

Kate completed her outfit with a bracelet that belonged to the late Queen and Order of the Royal Family, as well as the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order star and sash.

She attended the meeting with her husband, prince williamlooking smart in a dark suit adorned with the medals for each of the three Jubilee Celebrations he participated in to celebrate his grandmother’s historic reign.

The dinner was also a milestone for King Charles III, as it was his first time as the British monarch. The Queen’s eldest son hosted the event and welcomed the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa. (The last state banquet was held in 2019. At the time, Elizabeth was joined by the then president Donald Trump.)

Queen consort Camilla was by her husband’s side, looking as regal as ever in a royal blue gown by Bruce Oldfield. She paired the piece with Queen Elizabeth’s Belgian Sapphire Tiara, marking her first tiara sighting since Charles ascended the throne in September.

The tiara, along with a necklace and earrings, was a gift from Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, who gave it as a wedding present in 1947.

Camilla, 75, recently paid tribute to Her Majesty while speaking to guests at a royal reception on Thursday, November 17.

“I cannot begin without paying tribute to my dear mother-in-law, the late Her Majesty, who is much in our thoughts today and greatly missed by all of us,” she said nearly two months after the royal matriarch’s funeral. “During her remarkable reign, her vision to improve the lives and prospects of all Commonwealth citizens remained close to her heart.”

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