The King led his family in a show of unity tonight after a tumultuous week of royal revelations. Accompanied by Queen Camilla and The Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles, 75, welcomed more than 500 dignitaries to Buckingham Palace for the glittering annual Diplomatic Reception.One of the highlights of the calendar, the four most senior family members posed together for a photographer before the ‘white tie and tiaras’ event.
It will be seen as a sign of solitary following the furore of Omid Scobie’s new book on the monarchy after it emerged that a Dutch-language version contained the names of two family members accused by the Duchess of Sussex of ‘unconscious bias’.
The book claimed Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, 42, had named the King himself as well as his daughter-in-law, Kate, 41, in letters she wrote to him on the issue.
Buckingham Palace has not commented publicly, but aides have made clear that the King and his senior advisors are ‘considering all options’ open to them over the unsubstantiated claims, including the possibility of legal action.
They have, however, been comforted by the sympathetic public reaction they have received to ‘revelations’ in the poorly-reviewed book and may decide to let that speak for itself.
For tonight’s event, Kate wore a show-stopping Jenny Packham gold ‘Georgia’ gown costing approximately £5,000, which was embellished with sequins.
She has previously worn the design to the wedding reception of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Princess Rajwa in June 2023.
The Princess sported her favourite Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, which was a wedding gift to Princess Diana. She also sported the Royal Family Order and topped her outfit off with Her Late Majesty’s stunning Greville diamond chandelier earrings.
Camilla, 76, meanwhile, put on a dazzling display in a cream embroidered evening gown by Fiona Clare.
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To further add to the glamour, Her Majesty donned the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, as well as the Garter Sash and Star in family order across the gown.
Camilla added a touch of sentiment with The Queen Mother’s diamond brooch and the late Queen’s diamond bracelet.
Tonight’s event saw the King, his heir and their wives greet the great and good of the Diplomatic Corps – Ambassadors, High Commissioners and the like officially registered to the Court of St James’ – for pre-Christmas drinks in the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.
As Head of State, The King plays a vital role in UK diplomacy, supporting the work of the Foreign Office at home and abroad.
The event will also have been the first time the King has been able to talk personally to his son and daughter-in-law since the latest row around the Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke.