On Tuesday both Queen Consort Camilla and Kate, the Princess of Wales impressed with their outfit of choice at the state banquet that was held in honor of the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.
The two royals looked absolutely stunning in their regal gowns and glamorous accessories, with royal fans quickly noticing that there was a touching meaning in their choice of the latter.
Both of them were wearing the badge of the Royal Family Order that shows a young Queen Elizabeth II. The badge, which is usually worn by female members of the royal family at state banquets, features a small diamond-encrusted brooch positioned on a yellow ribbon.
It is speculated that a total of 15 women were granted the honor by the late Queen, an honor that was first introduced by George IV back in the 19th century.
The Queen herself was also given the same honor by her grandfather, King George V, as well as her father, King George VI. Other royals who have been given the honor of the Royal Family Order include The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. It is believed that in the future King Charles will also create his own Royal Family Order to replace his mother’s.
However, that wasn’t the only tribute to the late Queen that the Queen Consort and Princess of Wales made with their outfits, as they also wore her jewels for their first state banquet in their new roles.
Camilla wore the former monarch’s diamond and sapphire tiara, while Kate wore a pearl bracelet belonging to the late Queen, as well as a pair of earrings that belonged to Princess Diana.
The two joined the King and the Prince of Wales, as well as more than 160 other guests, for the special evening banquet held at Buckingham Palace in honor of the South African president.
The Queen Consort looked quite regal in a royal blue lace evening dress by Bruce Oldfield, the Garter sash and Queen Victoria’s garter order as well as the late Queen’s family order.
Kate, as elegant as ever, wore a caped, white Jenny Packham floor-length evening dress with sparkling detail on the shoulders, and her go-to tiara, the Lover’s Knot. She finished off the look with the four-strand pearl bracelet belonging to the late Queen and Diana’s diamond and pearl drop earrings, as well as showing off the GCVO Star and Sash.