Kate Middleton is official the princess of wales, and she showed up to a state banquet dressed like the royal she is. But as stunning as her outfit was in itself, it also honored those who came before her, including Diana, the former Princess of Wales, and the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Sept. 8. Middleton arrived at the state dinner held at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 22 for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, dressed in a regal white gown by Jenny Packham complete with cap sleeves and glittering shoulder embellishment. But most remarkable of all was her jewelrywhich included a pearl bracelet and the historic Lover’s Knot tiara – the first she has worn in three years.
Although Middleton has worn this tiara several times in the past, it is still significant that she chose this particular piece for her first major appearance as the Princess of Wales. According to Vogue, the Lover’s Knot was originally commissioned for Queen Mary back in 1913, with lots of diamonds and 19 pearls set in silver and gold. The crown was then gifted to Queen Elizabeth II, who gave it to Princess Diana before her death in 1997. Through Diana’s legacy, the tiara became an iconic part of the royal wardrobe, and the Queen eventually passed it on to Middleton. But beware – although the crown is stunningly beautiful, it is said to be so heavy that it allegedly gave Princess Diana a headache. As a final touch to her outfit and another nod to her late mother-in-law, Middleton also wore a layered pearl bracelet that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, along with matching pearl earrings.
Read on for photos of Middleton’s sweet tribute and her debut as Princess of Wales.