On Tuesday, November 22, Kate Middleton embodied her role as the new Princess of Wales at her father-in-law’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace. King Charles hosted an event to honor South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the UK. For the event, Kate wore a white sheath dress by Jenny Packham covered in silver appliqué along the raised shoulders.
The dress swept to the ground and was broken up by the princess’s blue sash, which represents her role as a member of the Royal Victorian Order. She also had a yellow ribbon attached to her chest as a brooch, indicating her position in the royal family order.
It was Kate’s accessories that really stole the show. The mother-of-three wore the famous Lover’s Knot tiara, a piece of jewelery often worn by the late Princess Diana, Kate’s mother-in-law. The diadem was adorned with 38 drop-shaped pearls, all suspended from bows encrusted with diamonds. The princess has been seen wearing it before, in 2015, 2016 and 2019 at the family’s diplomatic reception.
On her wrist she wore a three-strand pearl and diamond bracelet that came from the late Queen Elizabeth III’s jewelery collection. In her ears were matching pearl earrings, which also once belonged to Diana, the People’s Princess.
Kate often wears jewelry associated with Diana. Before the banquet, she stepped out with her husband Prince William to greet President Ramaphosa on his arrival wearing the same pearl earrings and a sizable brooch. The piece of jewelery is called the Princess of Wales Feather Brooch, and it was made as a wedding present for Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863, according to People.
It was, of course, worn by Diana when she held the same title, and it was the first time Kate has been seen wearing it since stepping into her new role.
Aimée Lutkin is weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The lone hunter, will be published by Dial Press in February 2022.