Fit for a princess

Kate Middleton wears historic tiara to state banquet, looks predictably fierce

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

If you’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out which jewels Kate Middleton wore to her first State Banquet, please exhale: she went with the Lotus Flower Tiara. Prior to the Duchess’s appearance at Tuesday night’s banquet, that honored Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain, there was speculation over her choice of outfit, and particularly her choice of jewels. It seems likely that Middleton selected the Lotus Flower Tiara because it is relatively small, and thereby ensured that she did not upstage Queen Elizabeth II, who hosted the event. To compliment her glittering headpiece, which was acquired by the Queen Mother in the 1920s, Middleton donned a red Jenny Packham gown. Elizabeth Emanuel, who co-designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress, told People “red is very important as a statement in itself as it matches the color of the Chinese flag and it means good fortune.”

In the four-odd years that Middleton has been Duchess of Cambridge, she has only worn a tiara three times.

See the full story at People.

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