In an event usually shrouded in secrecy, the Royal Family has for the first time released a photograph from the annual white-tie diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.
The reception held by the Queen is attended by the most senior members of the Royal Family including Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Princess Kate stole the show as she sparkled wearing her late mother-in-law’s Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara.
The famous pearl-and-diamond-clad Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara was Princess Diana’s favorite, which kate had only worn on four previous occasions. She first donned it at her wedding.
The jeweled headpiece was a wedding present to the late Princess Diana by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.
As befitting one of the most important dates in the royal calendar, each of the women wore evening gowns from the Queen’s collection.
The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall added to their apparel The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II; an honor bestowed on female members of the British Royal Family by the monarch, worn only on formal occasions.
The gentlemen, Philip, Charles and William, displayed their medal collections and thee Order of the Garter star.
They also wore knee breaches with the Garter of the Order of the Garter insignia (rarely seen in public) attached just below their left knees.
The Queen was also seen with her insignia pinned to her dress.
The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest Order of British chivalry and was founded by King Edward III.
More than 1,000 guests from 130 nations attended the event, which is one of the diplomatic community’s most coveted social event.
Members of the British government, past Prime Ministers and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are always present.