See Kate Middleton in Princess Diana’s Favorite Tiara for the Queen’s State Banquet

It’s tiara time!

Kate Middleton sparkled in jewels as she headed to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening. Kate and Prince William left Kensington Palace for the dazzling occasion, which was just a short drive away.

Kate, who wore a blue Alexander McQueen gown, was pictured being driven into the palace wearing the Lover’s Knot tiara. Sometimes referred to as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, it is one of the best-known tiaras in the British royal family’s collection, mostly thanks to it being a favorite of the late Princess Diana. Her classic updo showed off her pearl drop earrings, which also belonged to Diana.

A little more than century old, the Lover’s Knot tiara has gotten a lot of use by Kate, who has worn it on several royal occasions. The royal mom of three also wore another glittering piece from the monarch’s collection: Queen Alexandra’s wedding necklace, which was a favorite of the Queen Mother’s. Albert Edward, Prince of Wales – son of Queen Victoria – gave the pearl and diamond stunner to his bride, Princess Alexandra of Denmark, as a gift for their wedding in 1863.

Kate was also wearing the royal family order just below her left shoulder — a personal gift from the Queen to female members of the royal family. She first wore it at the diplomatic reception before Christmas, but it likely wasn’t seen as just car shots were taken publicly. The order takes the form of a picture of the Queen — and in Kate’s case it is on glass. Previously, they have been made with ivory, but in keeping with William and Kate’s shared hope to halt the use of wild animal parts, Kate’s was made with glass.

The royals hosted King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the end of the first day of their official state visit.

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Kate was seated between one of the Dutch King’s aides, Rear-Admiral Ludger Brummelaar and Lord Fowler, the Speaker Of the House of Lords. Six seats to the right of the Queen sat Prince William — whose neighbors at the table were Prime Minister Theresa May and the head of the Dutch royal household Jan Versteeg. Prince Charles sat next to his mother and Queen Maxima.

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In a speech, King Willem-Alexander called Queen Elizabeth the “most fearless Bond girl” who has “great panache.” The Dutch king’s comment was a light-hearted reference to the landmark moment when Elizabeth (and her corgis!) joined Daniel Craig to film a fun opener for the London Olympics in 2012.

“The world looks to you as a trusted beacon in the midst of upheaval,” he said. “Your ability to keep in touch with the times is striking. You even have an adventurous streak, as you showed six years ago at the opening of the Olympic Games. In front of millions of viewers you played the role of the most fearless Bond Girl ever – with great panache!”

“Our countries are North Sea neighbors. The sea has made us natural allies; both outward-looking, both curious as to what lies beyond the horizon.”

William and Kate, who attended her first state banquet alongside the Queen in 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping came to London, are becoming regular fixtures on the list of royals welcoming heads of state.

Last year, Kate and William joined the senior royals at the dinner for the Spanish king and queen. (That night was also Prince Harry’s first official state banquet appearance in support of his grandmother the Queen.)

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The Dutch royals were welcomed to London by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall before Queen Elizabeth, 92, joined them at the ceremonial meeting on Horse Guard’s Parade.

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The dinner at the palace was for around 170 guests.The extensive planning for a state banquet starts about six months before the big event, with invitations sent out two months ahead.

A special “silver pantry” provides the silver-gilt plates used for the first two courses, fish and meat. (Pudding and seasonal fruit are served on porcelain.) The design on the cutlery that comes with it, collected by George IV “doesn’t always match,” said Anna Reynolds, the curator of the 2015 Buckingham Palace exhibit that focused on state banquets and other royal events.

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Each person gets 18 inches of space, with the napkin folded in the shape of a Dutch bonnet.

Six glasses are set: one each for water, champagne, white wine, red wine, sweet wine or another champagne for post-dinner and port. “Each glass is the same distance from the edge of the table in each setting. That uniformity really helps to create the magic, what makes it so special,” Reynolds said.


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So much news in the Kardashian sphere to discuss and digest! First, this morning Kim Kardashian broke the news that she and hubby Kanye West are starring together in a Balmain ad that shows them as quite the glam couple, shiny-haired and midkiss. I’m not crazy shocked since the brand’s long had a cozy relationship with the family, though I am interested that they’ve embraced the couple’s celebrity in such an official way.


Showing a less glam side of Kim is this Insta snap of her picking out an outfit and proving that even celebs have messy moments.


Based on the layout of the area pictured, the cold flooring, and the skinny bookshelf, I’m venturing that this is actually a hallway area outside of Kim’s bedroom (and that, indeed, her actual closet is stunning and pretty well organized). I understand overflow of clothing and accessories, but mine typically just flows onto the floor of my tiny closet or haphazardly perches on top of hangers—in other words, no pretty hallway to hold an extra rack. Regardless, it’s still nice to know that picking an outfit can sometimes be about sorting through a mess.

Now, on to the tiara news. Radar Online claims that Kanye spent $ 62,000 on a diamond-encrusted crown for the little one so that her dress-up time would be ultra luxurious. I’ve never felt more jealous of a toddler and have to tell you guys, I never really got jewelry as a kid (and especially no diamonds!). My mom was always too afraid I’d lose stuff, which, honestly, was probably the right assumption.

We’ve got three pieces of Kardashian news, but which is most interesting/surprising to you?





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