After wearing a very cool tartan midi skirt yesterday to host a Christmas party for military families, the Duchess attended a reception at Buckingham Palace looking like actual Christmas in an incredible gown and tiara.
The Queen’s annual Diplomatic Corps Reception is one of the biggest events of the year – and the most formal. It has a white tie dress code, meaning men wear tailcoats and women floor-length gowns.
While both Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looked breathtaking in ivory dresses, it was Kate’s stunning ice blue tulle ensemble that stole the show.
The bespoke gown featured a cowl neck and cap sleeves, plus all-over beading and some serious shimmer, and is believed to be new. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
The yellow ribbon worn on her chest just so happens to be the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth, which was recently given to the Duchess of Cambridge as a thank you for her service. It’s an honour bestowed upon female members of the family, and is worn for royal occasions.
Fans of the Duchess may also recognise the tiara as the Lover’s Knot; a favourite of Kate’s which was regularly worn by Princess Diana. It was originally made for Queen Mary in 1914.
Yesterday, Kate Middleton and Prince William put on their most Christmassy garms to host a Christmas party for families of military personnel deployed in Cyprus.
While Prince William went for a more low-key, Mark Darcy inspired festive fleece, Kate went full out with her red tartan skirt.