Duchess of Cambridge wears Princess Diana tiara at royal banquet

Kate Middleton breaks all fashion traditions -but one- at regal banquet

The Duchess of Cambridge gave a touching nod to Princess Diana by wearing her dazzling tiara at the glamorous Queen’s Diplomatic Corps reception

Kate Middleton surprised royal fans with the stunning look she chose to attend one of the most glamorous nights at Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s Diplomatic Corps reception takes place every year in early December and it’s one of the most anticipated events in the royal calendar. Queen Elizabeth opens the doors of the Palace to receive more than 1,000 guests, including ambassadors, high commissioners and senior members of the royal family. This year, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a super flattering but surprising dark blue velvet design, leaving behind the brighter-colored gowns she has worn in previous years.

Kate Middleton navy blue Alexander McQueen dress©GettyImages
Kate Middleton chose a flattering velvet evening gown designed by Alexander McQueen

Kate looked absolutely gorgeous in the navy blue gown created by Alexander McQueen, one of her go-to fashion labels - they designed her spectacular wedding gown - especially for such lavish occasions. The figure-hugging dress incorporated an elegant v-neckline and long-sleeves, perfect for the cold winter days. The 37-year-old royal also displayed the stunning Nizam of Hyderabad necklace and her Royal Family Order, an honor she received from the Queen in 2018, for services to the sovereign. But what really caught the eyes of royal watchers was the tiara the Duchess chose for the event. Kate chose for Princess Diana’s favorite tiara, the Lover’s knot headpiece.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Lover's Knot tiara at royal banquet©GettyImages
For the ocassion, the Duchess wore Princess Diana’s favorite tiara: the Lover’s knot headpiece

The Lover’s Knot heirloom was created for Queen Mary back in 1913 by prestigious British jewelry house Garrard. After her death, the diamond and pearl headpiece was given to her granddaughter Elisabeth II in 1953. But it was Diana who made it very popular after receiving the tiara as a wedding gift from the Queen in 1981.

Kate Middleton's new ring©GettyImages
Royal watchers also paid attention to what appears to be a new diamond ring on Kate’s right hand