Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Duchess in Lover's Knot Tiara for Diplomatic Reception!

Following a Christmas party with RAF families at the Orangery, the Duchess changed from her festive ensemble into a gown and jewels for the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.


The Duchess arriving.


It was a rainy evening in London.


In a major departure from previous years, a pool photographer was invited inside to take photos. It's a wonderful surprise and hopefully the beginning of a new tradition.


William and Kate joined Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for the white-tie event.


The Queen wore her Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.


The Duchess of Cornwall selected the Greville tiara for the night.


There are over 170 foreign missions accredited to the court of St James's in London (St James's Palace is still the senior palace and official residence of the sovereign).


Each year Her Majesty throws a reception in their honour and members of the Royal family in attendance make a point of meeting with each one.


Guests were welcomed to the palace ballroom. At 36.6m long, 18m wide and 13.5m high, the ballroom is the largest multi-purpose room in Buckingham Palace. It was opened in 1856 with a ball to celebrate the end of the Crimean War. It is used by the Queen for State banquets.


The Duchess mingling with guests.


Kate was every inch a princess in a shimmering bespoke Jenny Packham gown (with thanks to Heaven). The delicate beading and sheer overlay add delicate touches to the sweeping gown. Jenny Packham remains the Queen of evening wear for Kate. Another gorgeous design.


A closer look at the detailing.


The Duchess wore her signature Lover's Knot tiara tonight.


The tiara, which is steeped in royal history and is so closely associated with William's mother, looks beautiful on Kate. It's a stunning piece and one I expect we'll see the Duchess wearing throughout her life. The tiara features elements of the Gothic Revival style. The circle of the Lover's Knot is made up of a lower semi-circular band, set with a row of brilliant cut diamonds. Where two adjacent arches meet, a pillar-like structure is formed that rises up and ends in a round diamond, forming a diamond spike. There are nineteen diamond spikes of this nature and the size gradually decreases from the centre towards both ends.


Kate last sported the tiara for the Dutch State banquet in October.


The Duchess wore Diana's Collingwood pearl earrings once again.


The Duchess wore her Royal Family Order. Kate was awarded the RFO last year; it's made of glass.


A closer look at Kate's Jenny Packham clutch and shimmering bracelet.


If you're just joining us, click here to read today's earlier post.


We also have word on another pre-Christmas engagement for the Cambridges next week. Kensington Palace confirms:

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Evelina London Children’s Hospital and homeless resource centre The Passage on Tuesday 11th December.
The Duke and Duchess will meet a number of children receiving care at the hospital, and will hear more from staff and parents about Evelina London’s life changing care and support for families. Their Royal Highnesses will then join some of the children as they take part in a number of Christmas-themed activities, before joining celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the hospital.
The Duke and Duchess will then travel to The Passage, where they will hear from frontline workers about some of the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet a number of The Passage’s service users as they join an arts and crafts workshop to prepare cards and gifts ahead of centre’s Christmas party the following week.'

Tomorrow, William and Kate will fly to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to meet with serving personnel, families living on the base, wider station personnel and members of the local community.

128 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden4 December 2018 at 20:24

    As always, these events are such a mixed bag. On the one hand we're all hyped over pretty ladies in gowns and tiaras. But then we also get frustrated over the lack of pictures. I hope that we get an inside picture.. One can dream, right!

    I like this hairdo alot. A bit more poof. And from what we can see I think the gown is promising!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 December 2018 at 21:34

      OMG OMG OMG! I'll gladly eat my own words! We've got pictures from the inside!!! :O Wonderful gown (very cinderella/ice princess!!). But I'm so hyped that they are even giving us any pictures. I hope this will be a trend in the future!!!

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    2. ... this just in... they have a pool photographer there this year! Great pics coming in. It's your lucky day Rebecca! (or you are our good luck charm!)

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    3. Woohoo! It’s so cool we got a chance to have a look at the whole dress! It’s beautiful 😍

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    4. Dreams can come true, Rebecca! :)

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  2. From what I can see so far I’m loving the look of Kate’s updo! 😍

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  3. Princess from snowy fairytale.I am hurt that we don 't have more photos :)Maybe Palace decides to give us christmas gift:)

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    1. We usually only get the arrival photos and once, in 2016, I think, a "portrait" photograph of the six most senior members of "The Firm". Most of us are jumping for joy!

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  4. Not that tiara again!! Yawn.Come on Kate, step out of the comfort zone.

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    1. That tiara is beyond perfect

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    2. Really, Anonymous at 20.40??? If I owned this tiara I'd wear it as often as possible. Maybe even to do laundry.

      Perhaps you don't know the significance of this stunning tiara. It was made by Royal jewellers Garrard in 1914 to Queen Mary's personal design, from pearls and diamonds already in her family's possession. It was a copy of one owned by Mary's grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who married the first Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of King George III, in 1818. Queen Mary, in her will left the tiara to to the current Queen who wore it frequently. In 1981 the Queen gave it as a wedding present to Prince William's mother, Diana, who wore it for the first time at the state opening of parliament that November. Diana continued to wear the tiara to include an official visit to Washington with Prince Charles. It was a favourite of hers.

      Given that the original design was worn by the first Duchess of Cambridge and given that it was so connected with Diana, why wouldn't Kate wear it? Please don't yawn anymore when you see it.

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    3. Thank you Laura for that detailed history. As the Queen, Camilla and Kate are the female senior royals, and the only ones to attend these diplomatic affairs and wear tiara, it is nice to see they have their favourites, and do not just swap one out for each new outfit.

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    4. Nicole from France5 December 2018 at 07:51

      Why should she, anonymous 20.40 ? This is a very formal’ event , and this tiara is well known and is a symbol in many ways . Catherine does not attend per se , but on behalf of the Crown and representing it , this’is, to me , one of the few occasions she certainly not feel free to choose any bling or any clothes she wants . Besides, this tiara is perfect for tall women like her , and matches very well with dark hair . To me, it’is Not the moment to try something else ...
      the gown is absolutely beautifull, reminds me,of’some gowns she wore when she was younger, easy flowing and with those bling details .... the only thing I would change is the eye make up, too heavy and dark and out dated , just a little detail however ! I wonder which shoes or sandals she choose ?

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    5. Anon has a point. If she keeps on wearing only one tiara (whether it is her decision or she is given only this) how one can tell the difference from one year to another.

      Also, what if Anon does not like this in particular? It's her prerogative. Because honestly, it is not my favourite either.

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    6. I think that telling the difference from year to year has to do with paying attention to details other than the tiara. Looking back over the last several years they have attended, not only did Kate wear the papyrus tiara in 2013, but she has worn noticably different earrings, necklaces and necklines and, to a lesser extent, colors. There is more to even a car shot than just the tiara. Not only the the Lover’s Knot steeped in history (beyond just Diana) but it is a tiara of some magnitude in appearance. Perhaps the Queen feels it is the most appropriate one for her on such occasions given her rank—i don’t think has has as much free access to tiaras as most people are assuming. Of course, Kate seems the type of person who sticks with what she knows she likes...

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  5. Kate looks fantastic! I hope we get to see the gown in future 🀩

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    1. YAY! My wish came true! Just saw the full-length pics on the DM website :)

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    2. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6460231/Kate-Middleton-wears-Princess-Dianas-tiara-joins-William-Queens-Diplomatic-Reception.html

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  6. I love tiaras, but I wish the ladies in the BRF would switch it up a bit. I would love to see Kate in something besides the Lovers Knot tiara. Regardless of my whining, she looks pretty.

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    1. You are not whining at all, and as someone accurately put it, you can't tell the difference which year this was taken.

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    2. I was thinking the same thing...I would also love to see a different tiara on her - I love the Papryus tiara, or her wedding tiara. I also think she would look great with a half up/ half downnhair style...these buns are getting boring, but she looks beautiful 😁

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    3. Maybe it's the only tiara she's allowed to use for now.

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    4. Caroline in Montana10 December 2018 at 17:29

      Anett, I can tell they are different years. you must only look at the photos and this is not the only tiara she has worn. and you seem to be quoting yourself from above??

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  7. Should we assume this tiara is on permanent loan to Kate? With a very slight view appears to be yet another white evening dress.

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  8. It looks like the same tiara and earrings from last year.

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  9. Love the updo a little more modernity to it. Ok... putting this out there. The top (of what little I see) looks kinda like the Jenny packham gown with the rose gold color and fluttery top. Not the same gown since it’s gray but maybe it’s a reconfigured style. Ugh I wish we could seeeeeee!!!!

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    1. Anon, that was exactly my thought! The neck and shoulder line look like the ARK gala gown. Maybe she's had one made in a different colour? I see it as icy blue more than grey though.

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    2. It definitely reminds me of the rose/blush JP...I loved that dress, too! The neckline & sleeves is very flattering on Kate.

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    3. Such a good point!

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  10. As this tiara is most associated with Diana (even though she was known to have disliked it as it gave her headaches) I doubt Kate will ever wear one of her other tiaras again.

    That being said, she does look pretty in it.

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    1. I agree with you anon 21:09, we'll have to wait a long time for a different one imo, but I could be wrong

      Silvia

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    2. Agree, Silvia. I think when she is Princess of Wales we might see some different tiaras and new pieces of jewelry.

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    3. Perhaps by having the Duchess wear Diana’s tiara, it is the firms subtle way of linking Diana & Kate in the mind of the public so that when Kate is given the title Princess of Wales, the transition will be smooth.

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    4. If I had to guess, I would say she will keep this one as her go to, but after she moves up in the succession line, may add another one or two into the rotation.

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    5. Camilla seems very fixed on a couple of QM's tiaras, which really suit her, and I can imagine Kate wearing some of the queens favourites once she becomes PoW. The Girls tiara HMQ is wearing this evening would look great on Kate, as would the fringe tiaras.

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  11. DM has pictures from inside.

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  12. Yay, the DM has a full length photo of her dress. It is beautiful!

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  13. Wow Kate looks fab I love the dress Pure class

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  14. Lovely photos of Kate have just this moment appeared on Instagram. Unfortunately, for me Kate has returned to Disney Princes mode in the styling of the particular evening dress she has chosen. A mis for me. She actually looks tired this evening.

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    1. Exactly what I was thinking! Too Disney Princess-ish for me, and she does look tired.I loved her tartan skirt and black sweater earlier for the informal event. She looked more striking. I like her more elegant sophisticated formal looks.

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  15. I LOVE IT!!!

    She is every bit the regal princess.

    -AZ

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    1. Such a beautiful, regal and elegant Duchess - our future Princess of Wales!!

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  16. Both the DoC and DoS are out and about this evening. Just posted photos of Meghan have shown us that she is truly blossoming. Are we to have a honeymoon baby? Delightful if true.

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    1. She has really bloomed! I was quite surprised when I saw the pics; she looks lovely 😊

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    2. USA Granny, what do you think? Honeymoon baby or twins? )

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  17. I’m thrilled we got actual inside pictures. It’s a nice dress, but I would love a strong color.

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    1. Anglophile in Ohio4 December 2018 at 22:20

      I think the the color for the diplomatic receptions is always white or a very pale color. The Queen is wearing white with a gold embellished overlay, Camilla's dress is white or nearly so. Kate has always worn a very light colored dress for this event.
      For the state banquets stronger colors are worn.

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    2. It would seem like that is true Anglophile. Kate has always worn a paler color gown for the diplomatic receptions. I don't mind the lighter color and actually love the picture of the three, the Queen, Camilla, and Kate each in their different shades of white and pale gowns, and their distinctive styles of jewelry and glitter....all of it reflects the light and it gives a very elegant shimmer effect. Their looks complement each other. The Queen's dress is beautiful and her jewels exquisite. Kate's updo is perfect and she looks beautiful in the Lover's Knot tiara....it suits her and I like that she has a fondness for it. cc

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    3. Hi there Anglophile,
      I think Camilla and the Queen almost always default to pale gowns, but Kate did wear red in 2016 when she wore the red Jenny Packham gown from the Chinese state banquet and the Lovers Knot tiara. Maybe she got a slap on the wrist after for a bold color. Lol

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    4. Red is a lucky color for the Chinese, so I doubt it.

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    5. Zora from Prague5 December 2018 at 07:11

      Yes, she wore read for the Chinese state banquet but that was a state banquet, not a diplomatic reception - I suppose that makes a difference. Meeting so many diplomats from so many different countries..... -> wearing a pale/neutral colour. Honouring a specific country -> more colour, possibly connected with that country.

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    6. Hi everyone, I meant she wore the red at the 2016 diplomatic reception and it was a repeat from the Chinese state banquet. Sorry for any confusion.

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  18. Wow! She looks every bit a princess. Lets hope that having the photographer there will be the wave of the future. Love this tiara. I hope Charlotte wears it when she marries! I guess I am getting ahead of myself. The dress is beautiful and really accentuates here tiny waist. William is very handsome too! I can't wait to get home and share these pictures with my husband and son!! It is payback for all the trains, airplanes, and sports I have to listen to!

    Hope from USA

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  19. Stunning, regal a beautiful lady inside and out, what a comfort for HM and the royal family that William and Catherine will in time inherit the roles of Prince & Princess of Wales . The Cambridges are truly the future of the Monarchy

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  20. she is a stunning snow angel! LOVE IT!

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  21. She looks spectacular! Fantastic gown! I may advised a smaller scale "non-pearl" tiara given the shimmery nature of the dress, but she can pull off just about anything.

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  22. Love this dress. Very pretty on her and matches the rest of the Royal contingent nicely. Total win on the day for Kate fashion.

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  23. Hmm i love the tiara and the gown i love hoe simple and glamorous yes she stunning and she bit princess and she will be stunning as queen one day

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  24. I'm actually glad she wore the lighter color with the silver embellishments. It is more in line with what the Queen and Camilla wear each year. They all look beautiful!

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  25. She is so princessy tonight! Love the gown and the Cambridge tiara πŸ’–

    Silvia

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  26. What a beautiful look for her! The color is wintery and reminds me of the "snowfall" from earlier in the day. :)

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  27. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)4 December 2018 at 23:18

    I am so excited that they allowed a press photographer to come into the event! Kate really looks beautiful; simply elegant and radiant from head-to-toe. William is still so handsome...they look like they've stepped out of a Disney movie tonight!
    HM is wearing my all-time FAVORITE tiara. I love it so much!! Gosh, she really is quite stunning. I know I've said this in the comments before, but I have to say it again: HM's smile is so wonderful. When I see it, it makes me smile. She is magical. You all are so lucky to have her :)
    Shantel
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    1. The Queens lipstick shade is so good tonight. And that tiara is my favorite one ever as well! HM really nailed this look.

      I too tire of the same tiara time and again but then I remember it’s a huge expensive item that no one else has and it’s oretty amazing that anyone wears those things at all! Camilla also wears just the one and many other European royals seem to pretty much rely on two of them or so.

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  28. What a stunning Cinderella dress. Wow.

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  29. KATE LOOKS AMAZING! I don't know what has happened in the last 2 weeks, but she's FINALLY ditched those matronly looks and has stepped up the glamour! I hope she keeps it up. This dress is just a dream. It must look heavenly when it catches the light! I love the sleeves and the way the material is draped across the chest. I figured this had to be a Jenny Packham gown when I first saw it. I'd love to wear one of her dresses someday!

    I think we'll likely see Kate in this tiara for awhile, yet. I'm guessing she won't start to change it up more until she's the new Princess of Wales. I personally prefer the one she wore to whichever diplomatic/state event it was when she wore the blush rose dress with the plunging neckline and the stunning necklace. All these receptions run together for me, so I have no idea which one that was.

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    1. If you’re talking about the blush pink Marchesa, that was the 2017 Spanish state banquet. She wore the Lovers Knot tiara then as well with the Queen’s diamond and ruby necklace. That was a gorgeous look.

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  30. That is a truly beautiful photo of Kate chatting with guests. She looks so lovely. I was surprised to see Prince Charles there as he is off to Washington for the elder President George H. W. Bush's funeral, wonder what time his flight leaves? The funeral is at 11 a.m. ET which means that Prince Charles will be on a very, very early flight. And Kate and William are going to have to be on an early flight to Cyprus as well. Imagine they only stayed a couple of hours (it was a Reception not a Dinner, right?) and then off to bed. Or Charles might even be off to the airport. Being nosey, I looked up flights and I can't see that he can get a commercial flight that will get him there on time which means he probably is flying private.

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    1. At least the time is about 5 hours earlier in DC, so the 11 am would be equal to 4 pm London time I think. I'm rather excited to see Prince Charles and Camilla, I assume.

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    2. Allison, I would be surprised if Camilla went to the U.S. She doesn't like to fly to begin with and this will be arrive, attend and leave. I doubt Charles will be having tea at the White House and looking at the Christmas decorations ;) But I could be wrong.

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  31. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher4 December 2018 at 23:35

    Fairy snow princess, and I love it.

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  32. Has Harry ever gone?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 December 2018 at 00:06

      No he hasn't. And I don't think he will unless something huge change. I don't know if the Queens children (other than Charles) ever has but if they did they haven't in the last decade or so. Seems like it's only the absolute top of the line at that event.

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    2. Thank you!

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    3. There might be a few years in the future when Harry and Meghan might have to pitch hit, when the Queen is gone and George is still too young to attend. But only if the timing is right and he is needed.

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    4. Gert's Royals website has a nice table showing annual attendance.... Never say never, but it looks unlikely that the Sussexes will attend while HM The Queen reigns. Nobody knows what will happen under Charles' reign. http://gertsroyals.blogspot.com/2018/10/royal-attendance-at-annual-diplomatic.html

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  33. Lovely day! As a follow-up to the prior posting on Carole Middldton, my hope is that some similar loving family is right now raising a young woman who will be as suitable and loving a mate for George as Catherine has been for William.

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    1. Such a wonderful point to make, Beanie G :)

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    2. Beanie, what a sweet thought. I have a granddaughter who would be perfect for George, however, we live in Canada and not likely able to afford an exclusive school in England, where they could meet.

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    3. Beanie, what a sweet thought. I have a granddaughter who would be perfect for George, however, we live in Canada and not likely able to afford an exclusive school in England, where they could meet.

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    4. Becca, if you are thinking of the State Dinner for the King and Queen of Spain, where Kate wore a pink dress with a deep neckline and a ruby and diamond necklace…well she also wore this exact same tiara.

      https://whatkatewore.com/2017/07/12/the-duchess-in-marchesa-shimmering-new-jewels-for-state-dinner/

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    5. I couldn't agree more Beanie G

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  34. Kate was beautiful. HRM looked stunning. Love these photos.

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  35. Susan In Florida5 December 2018 at 01:07

    One of DoC’s BEST ever ! I’m stunned ! Gobsmacked. Loss for words but kept on writing . Becca H , I agree with you, the Duchess has blossomed in the past few weeks.

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  36. I'm thrilled that a pool photographer was allowed to be there! I hope this is a future tradition, part of keeping the monarchy relevant. If we never got to see them in all their finery (and with the world speeding into informality, it could become the case), what a missed opportunity that would be to create some excitement and interest. But here we are with photos galore. I notice that there are fewer of the Queen than of the others. Perhaps she was the reluctant one? I also think that this is an excellent illustration of the strong diplomatic role the royals play on the world stage. It deserves to be seen and celebrated for the force that it is.

    Anon 20:40 made me laugh. I can't yawn at a tiara, unless it were made of plastic and aluminum foil and glitter . . .

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  37. I’m wondering what others think about their allowing a photographer at the event this year — do you think it has to do with all the negative press surrounding the royal family lately? Maybe allowing access to an event that has traditionally been off-limits is an effort to create positive PR?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 December 2018 at 11:49

      My speculation (that might be waaaaay off base!) is that since the younger royals are now more fulltime their staff is also more involved in plannings and meetings of the general royal family plans, especially the staff of William and Kate. And I think this might be a step coming from their end?

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    2. Whatever the reason I'm thrilled. Not just for the obvious reasons of us being able to enjoy the photos, but I think it's a wise PR step. I do hope this continues going forward. It does rather fit in with the BRF's saying that "we must be seen to be believed"! I don't remember who was credited with those words? Was it Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) or HM or even possibly Queen Mary? Does anyone remember?

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  38. Tonight Kate must have been like "engage full princess mode". I love everything about this look! Her dress is stunning, her jewels are divine, her hair and make-up are on spot on and the tiara is just heavenly! So far, this has got to be one of my favourite looks on her :)

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  39. I can't believe we finally got proper pictures from the Diplomatic Reception. She looks stunning -like the definition of princess. Even the dreaded updo is much better and less bulky and matronly than usual. I do seriously wonder if she got a new hairdresser or Amanda took some classes because her hairstyles have looked different for the last month.

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  40. For those fussing about Catherine always wearing the same tiara, it seems Camilla always wears the same one. In my humble opinion I doubt we will see much variety in tiara until Catherine is Queen. Maybe a bit more when she is Princess if Wales but not like the substantial variety the Queen wears.

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  41. What a stunning outfit Catherine wore, head to toe! In fact I believe this is one of her best ensembles so far, the gown looks straight out of a fairytale!

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  42. Catherine is also wearing Queen Mary's Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet according to Order of Splendour. I wonder if this is permanent loan as Kate has worn it frequently. She really has received some amazing pieces on loan from the Queen.

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  43. Beanie G. - what a lovely statement; fingers crossed that Prince George will one day marry a woman as lovely, refined, and kind-hearted as his Mum

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  44. Ooh as someone who disliked her previous evening gown (the blue crinkly one) I love this one. The silver color and the crystals give a real fairy effect, and not just a Disney princess effect. She looks lovely. But as someone who is not British, can anyone explain to me the purpose of this Diplomatic Reception? From the pictures it looks almost colonial, like the queen is greeting her "exotic" subjects with diplomats from other countries dressed in traditional garb and the royals dressed in tiaras and gowns. The optics of it in these times just seems off. To be frank, it looks like a bunch of white people saying "ooh, how darling" like at a world fair. Correct me if I'm wrong but when I see pix of these events I cringe.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 December 2018 at 11:52

      I'm pretty sure this event is for all the ambassadors from different countries that are active in the UK. And white tie dresscode always involve traditional clothing since it's the most fancy clothing. So I seriously doubt it's any colonial undertones to it!

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    2. Hi Ivy Lin, just like "The Court of St. James" was mentioned, this is a throw back nod to the days when there actually was "Court Life" surrounding the Kings & Queens. Not only were The Kings & Queens surrounded by their Dukes, Duchesses etc., from around the country, but they were surrounded by diplomats sent by foreign countries to all take up residence in The Castles, to have easy access to said Kings & Queens & put forth the best interests & agendas of their homeland. So today, it's just reduced to a formality & more of a act of respect to those who have been sent to the UK to represent their own countries. I hope I explained that ok?

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    3. Susan in Florida5 December 2018 at 15:33

      Ivy Lin : It is normal for diplomatic receptions to say Black Tie or National Dress. National Dress is a source of pride, and would be the dressiest version of your native county’s traditional clothing. . Colors, and accesssories on National Dress have deep meanings. PS : If you know the meanings, it’s a great conversation starter. People are glad to share their history with you. At least that was my experience when we lived in Kuwait.

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    4. Susan in Florida5 December 2018 at 15:34

      Ivy Lin : It is normal for diplomatic receptions to say Black Tie or National Dress. National Dress is a source of pride, and would be the dressiest version of your native county’s traditional clothing. . Colors, and accesssories on National Dress have deep meanings. PS : If you know the meanings, it’s a great conversation starter. People are glad to share their history with you. At least that was my experience when we lived in Kuwait.

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    5. Susan in Florida6 December 2018 at 02:50

      Sorry for duplicate posts ! I do love my iPad but sometimes it misbehaves !

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  45. Though the Duchess looks lovely I do not like this dress. With Kate so skinny, the dress just hangs with no punch and the tiara almost dominates the look.

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  46. What a lovely look for the Duchess of Cambridge. She and her husband have had a busy day. Thanks, Charlotte for sharing info as to why there is a Diplomatic Reception; I didn’t know it was to recognize foreign missions. Thanks.

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  47. I like the fact that we got to see full length photos but...this look is boring. People are commenting on loving the hair...she's always worn a bun to this event, with very slight variations between the buns. I wish she would her hair down or half-up half-down with tiaras, but she always wears it completely up. Of course that is her right. This look is not ugly at all;it's just kind of blah. Nothing fabulous about it. Another Packham gown with emphasis on cinching in the waist. Maybe if she switched up the tiara and earrings... I know she owns plenty of earrings to choose from...I'm not sure how many tiaras she has access to and I understand most royal women have their favorite tiaras and this one is obviously hers, but I just hope she switches it up next time.

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    1. Kate actually did wear her hair half up and half down in 2013:

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2013/12/kate-dazzles-in-papyrus-tiara-for-white.html?m=1

      She also wore the papyrus tiara that year—this was prior to her being loaned the Lover’s Knot. I didn’t go back and look at the comments, but best of my recollection there was a lot of complaining at the time that tiaras called for updos and the half up half down was too school-girlish. I noticed in googling the dreaded car photos from the last few years that while she has worn the LK tiara, she has indeed changed up her earrings and necklaces quite a bit over the years she has attended.

      It’s neat to see the differences in everyone’s personal tastes—even Kate’s 😁

      —T

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  48. Courtney from NC5 December 2018 at 05:11

    I am so excited that there are actual photographs from inside the reception! Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Kate looks lovely and I don't mind her wearing the CLK over and over. I WOULD like to see Camilla in a different tiara. She wears this one ALL the time it seems like. I like the dress that the Queen is wearing and Kate's is princess perfect. I am just so happy about pictures I don't have any quibbles right now.

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  49. Kate and William look lovely. I do not like the neckline on Catherine and I think at least in winter she needs more color either in her dress or in her make up . The earrings and tiara as always are gorgeous and love that bracelet. So I am so so on this dress. But I am also so so on the Queens and Camillas so maybe that is the point?

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  50. Tammy from California5 December 2018 at 05:53

    I KNOW I am in the minority by saying this: I'm tired of the Lovers Knot tiara. Her dress is so sparkly I feel like it should have all diamonds in the tiara instead of diamonds and pearls. I thought the tiara was PERFECT with the last event she wore it to, but for me, with this dress, it just didn't look as spectacular as something with all diamonds would have been. Something that looked snowy and sparkly like her dress. Something like the Queen's Diamond Fringe Tiara. Perhaps some long dangly sparkly earrings too? I dunno. Anyway, the dress is gorgeous and Kate can really do no wrong with me, so there ya go.

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  51. Love the way the Queen, Camilla and Kate all wore white!!!

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  52. I was already surprised that we knew the date. Usually that is a secret too.

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  53. Silvia from Tuscany5 December 2018 at 06:11

    Kate looks fabulous in her gown sparkling with kristals! A winter fairy tale image... and the tiara, suits her perfectly. Love to see images from the inside.

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    1. I bet if little Charlotte got to see Mummy before she departed for this event, that she would have been over the moon that Mummy looked so pretty! :)

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    2. Silvia from Tuscany5 December 2018 at 17:45

      For sure!

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  54. Kate has an etheral grace. She looks a a fairy in her dazzling gown! Thank you Charlotte for those two beautiful posts. You've made my day!

    Elisabeth, Carcassonne, France

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  55. Hardly time to catch breath here with this hat trick of engagements but this is lovely - Kate is every inch the fairy princess here - it reminds me far more of the gowns many here chose for the Dutch visit than the shiny one she actually wore. If a princess can't go for the full diamante and ballgown - who can? And it suits Kate so well.

    Although it's probably just coincidence, I'd like to think the palace was heeding Julia and others comments about those awful car snaps and decided to take us inside. Whatever the reasoning, I hope it lasts. Seriously, I always have felt it's worth it for us to say what we think on established blogs like this - that some aide in the palace might take note - it's the only way for them to tell what the public who follows the royal family is thinking without the filtering agendas of royal reporters. I recalled a photo of an aide clipping articles back in the Tim Graham books in the Diana days and suspected they still take measure of opinions.

    So I'll give myself and others who commented on those unflattering car shots a pat on the back - and just enjoy the old-fashioned royal splendour of jewels and gowns here - the queen looks magnificent in her new gold lace - perhaps it was she who thought we should all have a glimpse...

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  56. Steph from Canberra5 December 2018 at 11:34

    She looks every inch a duchess here. Just stunning! What a wonderful day for Kate and us royal watchers :)

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  57. Kate looks gorgeous and like a princess. The gown is so beautiful, I love the way it shimmers...so fitting for the Christmas/Holiday season.

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  58. Is it just me, or does Kate not only increasingly look like a Royal Princess, but that she's "All In"??? She looks to me that in her countenance, she since she has returned this fall after Prince Louis's birth, that she has fully embraced her role as future Princess of Wales & future Queen Consort without reservation! She looks exquisite tonight & again... am I the only one, or does she at times look increasingly like Princess Mary of Denmark in certain photos?

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    1. It is not just you Becca, I concur with all your observations. Kate has acquired a serene air about her, and a quiet confidence. She is well on her way to becoming Queen Consort, and it’s lovely to observe.

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  59. She looks absolutely gorgeous! I must admit I'm excited at the prospect of more photos from these events! :)

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  60. I wonder if Camilla, Kate and the Queen have had their portrait made together??? Wouldn’t it be great if they did, especially in their white dresses! Wish the royals would share more of their portraits with us...you know they have to be continually getting new ones done.

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  61. She looks like a true fairy tale princess! I love the dress it’s whimsical thanks Charlotte Catherine really pulls off the tiara but would love to see her in other tiaras as well.

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