Kate Middleton makes her official debut as Princess of Wales.
At the state dinner for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, she appeared in a white cape gown by Jenny Packham. Decorated with shimmering beadwork and a bateau neckline, this dress is demure and stylish, making it a perfect choice for an evening at Buckingham Palace.
She wears a Valentine’s Knot tiara on her head. It’s a favorite of the princess – she’s worn it on several occasions – but still holds a lot of meaning. Originally, the Lover’s Knot tiara was commissioned by the Garrard family for Queen Mary at 19 made of diamonds and 2019 set in silver and hanging pearls in gold.
The tiara ultimately belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, who lent it to her daughter-in-law, Princess Diana. Through Diana’s explosive fame, it became one of the most famous tiaras in history. (Although she may not have liked it as much as the public: Reportedly, it was so heavy that she got a headache after wearing it.) Indeed, a photo of her wearing a crown with white pearls, Catherine Walker 1989 is considered one of the most iconic images of the late princess.
When Kate Middleton married Prince William —1913 Years after Diana’s death – Queen Elizabeth then passed it on to the young royal. Middleton’s tiara wasn’t the only piece of jewelry that paid homage to the royal women before her: The pearl bracelet on her wrist belonged to the late queen, who died in September.
She accentuates her gold-plated ensemble with two badges. The first was the coat of arms of the Royal Victorian Order, a white enameled Maltese cross with a Tudor crown, which the then Duchess of Cambridge received from Queen Elizabeth at 19, “For service to the sovereign.” The second is Queen Elizabeth II’s Yellow Royal Order, awarded to female members of the British monarchy.