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Kate wears Diana's tiara for glittering reception at Buckingham Palace
12 December 2019, 09:11
The Duchess of Cambridge chose a tiara owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, for glittering reception at Buckingham Palace last night.
The Lover's Knot tiara has become a firm favourite of Kate's, who regularly opts for the headpiece for state occasions.
The annual white-tie Diplomatic Corps reception on Wednesday was no exception and she paired it with navy velvet gown by Alexander McQueen.
The Duchess was last seen in tiara in June when she paired with it with a white ruffled Alexander McQueen gown for a state banquet hosted during Donald's Trump three-day state visit.
The diamond and pearl tiara once belonged to her mother-in-law Diana, who famously teamed the heirloom with a white sequined dress and high-collared jacket by Catherine Walker.
The piece was originally made for Queen Mary, the Queen's grandmother, in 1914 by the House of Garrand, using pearls and diamonds belonging to her family.
Its design was taken from a tiara owned by Mary's grandmother Princess Augusta of Hesse, known as the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.
Pictured smiling and talking to guests at the Diplomatic Reception, Kate also wore her sash and star of the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
The duchess, who joined the Duke of Cambridge at the event, paired the tiara with shimmering drop earrings and a matching statement necklace.
The Duchess of Cornwall opted for a cream embroidered gown by Bruce Oldfield, a diamond Boucheron tiara and pearl choker and pearl earrings on Wednesday.
A similarly coloured gown was worn by the Queen, who dressed in a lace trimmed Angela Kelly state gown and the Vladimir tiara with emerald and diamond drops.
She also wore white gloves and carried a silver handbag.
The annual event is held every December for members of the Diplomatic Corps to enjoy an evening at the palace.