The Royal Family rolled out the red carpet tonight for the visiting Chinese President, Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan. Her Majesty the Queen hosted a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of the President and First Lady. Queen Elizabeth was joined at the head table by her husband Prince Philip, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
This was the Cambridge's first state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Both looked majestic, with William in white tie, and Kate in a glittering red Jenny Packham gown and Papyrus tiara on loan from the Queen.
The Lotus Flower (or Papyrus tiara) was first worn by the Duchess at the white-tie reception for diplomats at Buckingham Palace in December 2013. The tiara dates back to the 1920's and was made from a diamond and pearl necklace given to the late Queen Mother when she married the future King George VI. In 1959 the Queen Mother gave it to Princess Margaret but it passed back into the Royal Collection after her death.
Kate teamed the tiara with diamond chandelier earrings also on loan to her by the Queen.
You may recall, that Kate first wore these earrings in 2011 at the the BAFTA event in Los Angles.
While the jewellery vault was open, Kate opted to also borrow two diamond bracelets, one for each wrist. On her left wrist Kate wore a diamond bracelet that was a wedding gift to HM from Prince Philip. It is made from diamonds from a tiara once belonging to his mother, Princess Andrew of Greece.
On her right wrist, Kate wore the Queen Mary Chain-Link bracelet. It was originally a choker that belonged to Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of George V. It was later converted to a bracelet by the late Queen Mother.
Tonight Kate wore a a bespoke Jenny Packham dress, in the colour of China's flag. The floor length gown has a round-neck, cap sleeves, sequined fitted bodice and full skirt.
Hopefully HD photos showing the full gown will be released by the Palace. For now we have to make do with this screen grab from the BBC footage.
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