PICTURESAll eyes were on Kate Middleton at the South African State Banquet on Tuesday – her first official appearance as a princess. For the occasion, she wore the famous “Lover’s Knot” tiara, which was a favorite of Princess Diana.
Accompanied by her husband Prince William, as well as King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, the new Princess of Wales attended a dinner organized for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is currently on a state visit to London.
The banquet marks the first official state visit since King Charles III came to the throne after his mother passed away on September 8, and the first state banquet at Buckingham Palace since Donald and Melania Trump visited. in 2019.
For the occasion, Kate Middleton opted for a glamorous dress designed by British designer Jenny Packham – the Elspeth model at just under 5,000 euros adorned with sparkling flowers on the shoulders. She added a blue sash to it, which testifies to her status as Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, an honor conferred on her by Queen Elizabeth II.
A symbolic diadem
On the jewelry side, Kate Middleton wore the “Lover’s Knot” tiara, a piece she wears frequently and which was also Princess Diana’s favourite. She also flaunted Princess Diana’s South Sea pearl and diamond earrings and Queen Elizabeth’s pearl bracelet, matching her tiara.
According to Miranda Holder, fashion coach and celebrity stylist, this piece is one of the “most famous royal tiaras of all time”. “The ‘Lover’s Knot’ was commissioned for Queen Mary in 1914. It features sparkling diamonds and 19 dangling pearls, set in silver and gold. The value of the tiara is estimated between 2 and 3 million pounds sterling”, she explains on TikTok. “The tiara was passed down to Queen Elizabeth who eventually gave it to her daughter-in-law, Princess Diana, who made it truly famous.” But wearing it was not easy. “Apparently, as it was very heavy, [la princesse Diana] had terrible headaches while wearing it,” Miranda explains further.
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