This evening the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Diplomatic Reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. The annual white-tie soirée is one of the most formal events on the royal calendar. Over 1,000 people from around 130 countries, including members of the British government and past Prime Ministers attend the gathering.
It is a private function and the public usually only gets a glimpse as guests arrive at the palace.
From the little photos were have from the event, we see that Kate donned her 'go-to' tiara - the Queen Mary Lover's Knot tiara. It was once the signature diadem of the late Princess of Wales.
Tonight the Duchess paired the tiara with Princess Diana's Collingwood diamond and pearl drop earrings, and a new diamond collet necklace on loan from Her Majesty.
This was Kate's fourth Diplomatic Reception attendance. Here we see the Duchess arriving at Buckingham Palace in previous years.
I will update the blog post if any new photos or details emerge about Kate's gown this evening. I suspect the dress is a bespoke piece by Jenny Packham because it has a similar wide scoop neckline to the blue one she wore to the Bollywood gala in India last year.
Monday, Feb 19:
Kate will have her first joint engagement with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as they host a reception at Buckingham Palace. The reception will showcase pieces created as part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
Wednesday, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wednesday, Feb 28: In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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