Tonight, Prince William and Kate are attending the Queen’s Annual Diplomatic Reception. It’s one of the rare events that the Duchess gets to wear a tiara and look every bit the part of an English princess.
Kate arrived looking utterly radiant in a navy velvet Alexander McQueen gown. She is wearing again the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara with diamond dangle earrings.
The last time that she wore a tiara was back in June at a State Banquet to welcome President Donald Trump to the United Kingdom.
Kate was photographed speaking to guests, as a number of foreign diplomats and ambassadors have gathered at the Palace for the annual formal occasion.
The Duchess was also seen wearing the Royal Family Order which she debuted last year; a personal gift from Her Majesty. The Order is a special honour given to female family members as a thank you for their service and is a brooch.
The other royals, including the Duchess of Cornwall, also wear tiaras and display their Royal Orders.
The Queen’s annual Diplomatic Corps Reception is one of the biggest events of the year – and the most formal. It has a white tie dress code, meaning men wear tailcoats and women floor-length gowns.
The reception always takes place in early December, and is one of the key events of the royal calendar. The Queen invites around 1,000 guests including ambassadors, high commissioners and government officials, as well as senior members of the royal family.
Prince William and Kate are regulars at the event. Last year the Duchess wowed in a off-white tulle dress by Jenny Packham that was adorned with sequins and crystals accessorizing with her favorite tiara and a diamond bracelet on loan from the Queen.
She also donned the Lover’s Knot tiara; a headpiece which was made in 1914 and given to William’s late mother Diana by the Queen as a wedding gift in 1981.