Duchess of Cambridge wears Princess Diana's tiara and earrings for Netherlands State Banquet

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Netherlands State Banquet (PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Netherlands State Banquet (PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and the Royal Family at the State Banquet for the King and Queen of the Netherlands on Tuesday night.

Kate wore a blue Alexander McQueen gown and the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, which once belonged to Princess Diana.

The diamond and pearl headpiece dates back to 1914, when Queen Mary commissioned the piece from Garrard. It was passed down to her granddaughter, the Queen, who then gave it to Princess Diana as a wedding present in 1981.

Kate teamed it with Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl and diamond drop earrings. They were given to the late Princess of Wales as a wedding present from Collingwood jewellers, and she wore them for numerous balls and engagements.

Kate wore a blue Alexander McQueen gown (PA)
Kate wore a blue Alexander McQueen gown (PA)

The Duchess also wore Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace – a new loan to her from the Queen.

According to From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault, the pearl and diamond necklace is part of Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Parure – a gift from her husband Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (son of Queen Victoria and the future King Edward VII) in 1863.

Queen Mary gave the necklace to the Queen Mother, who wore it constantly. The necklace was finally reunited with the brooch and earrings when The Queen inherited it in 2002. She has never been seen wearing the tiara in public.

The Duchess wore the Royal Family Order for a second time – a personal gift from the Queen. The badge features an image of the Queen and Kate’s one is made of glass, not the traditional ivory.

Queen Maxima at the State Banquet (Getty)
Queen Maxima at the State Banquet (Getty)

Queen Maxima also wowed in the Stuart Tiara for the dinner.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are on two day state visit to the UK.

They were welcomed by Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales, and received a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade on Tuesday morning.

During their busy first day, the King and Queen also visited Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior and the Houses of Parliament.

The last State Visit from the Netherlands was by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus in November 1982.

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