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Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton dazzles at first state banquet in Queen Mum’s tiara gallery

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, turned many heads at the state dinner that was held in honour of Chinese president Xi Jinping, in the grandeur of Buckingham Palace’s ballroom.

Duchess of Cambridge wore the Papyrus tiara once owned by the Queen Mother and she wore her hair swept up under the delicate pearl and diamond tiara which made the Duchess look elegant as ever. Her red high-necked, full-length bespoke dress by Jenny Packham complimented her tiara and hairstyle very well. The Duchess looked exquisitely beautiful in her graceful attire.

The white-tie banquet for 170 guests was hosted by the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip. The duchess sat to the right of the visiting president, while the seat on his left was reserved for the monarch, as per custom. The event was the duchess’s first state dinner and royal watchers were eager to see what fashion choices she made.

Kate didn’t disappoint, with TIME saying she “more than lived up to her title”. She proved herself “a true style queen”, according to The Mirror.


This was the only the third time the Duchess of Cambridge has worn a tiara in public. The first occassion was for her wedding to Prince William in 2011, and the second a Buckingham Palace reception for diplomats in 2013.

Other guests to the state dinner included UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney.

Members of the royal family who attended included the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were not in attendance.

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