The Princess of Wales wore an heirloom tiara for the first state visit since King Charles became monarch, and since Kate took on her new title.
The Princess opted for the Lover’s Knot Tiara, a piece often worn by Princess Diana while she was the former Princess of Wales, and which was reportedly given to her as a wedding present by The Queen.
The stunning tiara is studded with pearl droplets and was a fitting formal piece to wear for the official State Visit of the President of the Republic of South Africa.
For the important occasion, the Princess wore a floor-length white Jenny Packham gown which was encrusted with jewels over each shoulder.
Kate paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II by wearing a yellow bow brooch featuring her image. The Queen was also honoured in a speech by King Charles during the event.
A video shared to official Royal social media accounts showed members of the Royal Family including the King and Queen Consort, and the Prince and Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace, where a dinner was held in honour of the official State Visit.
A snippet of King Charles’ speech was shared in a caption in which he referred to The Queen’s connection to South Africa and how it became part of his own life.
“South Africa, like the Commonwealth, has always been a part of my life. My mother often recalled her visit in 1947, the year before I was born, when, from Cape Town on Her twenty-first birthday, she pledged her life to the service of the people of the Commonwealth,” he said.
Addressing the South African President directly, he added that it was, “therefore particularly moving and special that you are our guest on this, the first State Visit we have hosted.”
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