The Duchess of Cambridge shone in a diamond tiara that once belonged to Princess Diana when she arrived at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace tonight.
Kate, 36, joined her husband, Prince William, 36, and other senior citizens for the lavish dinner offered by the Queen in honor of King Willem-Alexander and the High Queen of the Netherlands.
The members of the Dutch royalty, who make a two-day state visit to the United Kingdom, appeared with excellent spirits when they posed for photos with the Queen, 92, Prince Charles, 69, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 70, before Take a seat in the opulent dining room.
Britain has rolled out the red carpet for the Dutch king and queen, as the two nations mark the first state visit of a Dutch monarch for almost 40 years. After arriving in the capital last night, Willem-Alexander, 51, and his wife, aged 47, met with a spectacular arms salute this morning when they formally began the visit.
Among the highlights of the whirlwind tour is the state banquet tonight, one of the greatest honors that a visiting dignitary can enjoy.
The Duchess of Cambridge walked with Rear Admiral Ludger Brummelaar as she headed to the state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night. Kate, 36, put on a flattering blue dress by Alexander McQueen for the occasion.
As in her previous two appearances at the state banquet, Kate opted for the Knot tiara of lovers of diamonds and pearls from Cambridge Lover, owned by Princess Diana for the occasion, shown in the picture. The gleaming piece was made by royal jewelers in 1914.
Prince William, 36, accompanied Prime Minister Theresa May to the banquet hall at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night. His wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, elegant in a blue dress by Alexander McQueen, followed him.
The Queen Maxima, on the left, and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands were guests of honor at a state banquet organized by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were also present to celebrate the guests
The queen addressed the guests from the top table of the state banquet, which was decorated with orange flowers in honor of the Dutch guests. It was flanked by Prince Charles and King Willem-Alexander, who was also sitting next to Camilla.
According to the protocol, all the royal women wore ball gowns and tiaras for the banquet, although only the slightest hint of Kate's blue number could be seen when she arrived with William in the back of a Bentley driven by a driver.
As in her two appearances at previous state banquets, Kate opted for the Knot tiara of diamond lovers and the Cambridge Lover pearl that was owned by Princess Diana for the occasion. The brilliant piece was made by hand by real jewelers in 1914.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall, elegant in an ivory-embroidered dress, donned the Greville tiara of the Queen Mother, which was borrowed by the Queen.
The piece of jewelry with honeycomb design was originally made for the maven society the Hon. Mrs. Greville, who left her considerable collection of jewelry to Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, after her death in 1942.
The queen, 92, walked with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands as they made their way to the dining room.
Prince Charles appeared in conversation with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands when they arrived for the state banquet
The queen and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands made a toast during the state banquet while Prince Charles observed
They must also use the Order of the Elizabeth II family, a jewel enclosed in a picture of the Queen in a chartreuse yellow ribbon that real women have stuck to her left shoulder. The Duchess of Cornwall, the royal princess and the Countess of Wessex have received a personal order.
The Order of the Royal Family of Queen Elizabeth II is an honor bestowed upon the female members of the British royal family by the monarch and used on formal occasions.
Represents the queen as a young woman in evening dress with the ribbon and the star of the Order of the Garter.
Kate, 37, joined her husband, Prince William, 36, and other royals for the luxury dinner held to commemorate the state visit of King Willem-Alexander and the High Queen of the Netherlands
In a touching tribute to her deceased mother-in-law, the duchess donned the knot diadem of the lover of diamonds and pearls, so beloved by Princess Diana for the occasion, represented
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was resplendent in a deep blue-blue gown with glossy sleeves for the banquet. The royal queen smiled as she posed for photos in the impressive Stuart Tiara.
The miniature, painted on ivory, is bordered by diamonds and topped by a Tudor Crown in diamonds and red enamel. Its reverse, in gold-plated silver, is modeled with rays and represents the royal crown and the Saint Edward's Crown in gold and enamel.
According to tradition, the Order is worn attached to the dress of the recipient on the left shoulder with a silk ribbon watered in yellow chartreuse, formed in an arch.
The women who currently have the right to use the order other than the Queen are: Camilla, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, the cousin of the Queen, Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Gloucester, married to their first cousin.
Crowds line the mall to get a glimpse of royalty. The Queen and King Willem-Alexander traveled together in style aboard the spectacular Diamond Jubilee State Coach (pictured), with Maxima and Camilla following closely behind.
A kiss for a queen: the famous Dutch royal tactician took the queen's hands before leaning down to plant a kiss on her cheek. The royal couple is embarking on a two-day itinerary full of action that will make them visit the Palace of Westminster
The Queen and King Willem-Alexander travel to Buckingham Palace in the state coach. More than 1,000 soldiers and hundreds of horses will participate in the visit this week, said an Army spokesman, with Major General Ben Bathurst, the commanding general general of the household division, commanding all the troops in the parade.
The Queen, the Prince of Wales and her guests pose for a group photo after arriving at Buckingham Palace this afternoon in a carriage. Charles intervened for his elderly father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from his public duties last summer.
Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander, on the left, were received at Clarence House by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The royal family had tea together at the London residence of Carlos and Carlos.
Máxima and Willem-Alexander visit the Abbey of Westminster, where they lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior when the Dean reads the prayers. They were then taken to a brief tour of the Abbey, which will include visiting the resting place of William and Mary.
King Willem-Alexander addresses parliamentarians and other guests at the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday
The Dutch king and queen also met Jeremy Corbyn in a private audience in the 1844 room at Buckingham Palace
The tiara of the lovers knot of Cambridge: made by royal appointment in 1914
The dazzling Knot tiara of Cambridge Lover & Diamond and Pearl was owned by Princess Diana.
The tiara was made by real Garrard jewelers in 1914 for the personal design of Queen Mary, Of pearls and diamonds already in possession of his family.
The dazzling Knot tiara of Cambridge Lover's Pearl and was once owned by Princess Diana
It was a copy of a property of his grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who married the first Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of King George III, in 1818.
In his testament, Queen Mary left the tiara to the queen who used it frequently, even in a night event in 1955.
In 1981, he gave it to Prince William's mother, Diana, who used it for the first time in the state opening of the parliament in November.
Diana also wore the tiara in 1985 on an official visit to Washington with Prince Charles.
The tiara has a strong French influence, made for a new classic design in 19 open-cut diamond arches and encloses a drop of oriental pearl from a diamond-loving knotted loop, surrounded by simple diamonds and oval pearl spikes in position vertical.
The tiara is quite heavy even by royal standards and it is said that it gave Diana headaches when she wore it.
Regarding your necklace, tHis opulent necklace, the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau, was a wedding gift from the Queen's parents. Purchased by Margaret Greville, close friend of her mother, from the jeweler Boucheron in 1907, it was bequeathed to the Queen Mother, along with several other gems, upon the death of Greville in 1942.
The intricate piece is set in silver and gold, in an unusual form of V and presents several rubies of considerable size.
The queen, who has remarkably thin shoulders, tends to shorten her necklaces so that they sit higher up on her neck, and she did so by removing two small pieces of flowers from the sides.