Kate Middleton wears Princess Diana’s tiara at the state banquet

It’s Kate Middleton’s time to shine.

The new Princess of Wales dazzled at the South African state banquet on Tuesday night, wearing the Lover’s Knot tiara, which was a favorite of the late Princess Diana.

Middleton wore a glamorous Jenny Packham dress — the “Elspeth” dress ($5,075) with glittering sequins in the shape of flowers — as she joined her husband, Prince William, King Charles III, Camilla Parker Bowles and other family members Royal to honor South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Kate Middleton wore Princess Diana’s Lover’s Knot tiara for her first crowning moment in three years.

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Kate Middleton dazzled in one of her late mother-in-law’s favorite tiaras.

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Her glittering diamond and pearl tiara is often seen on the 40-year-old royal and is the same piece famously worn by Princess Diana during her time as Princess of Wales.

The dress actually has a celebrity tie, as a similar version of the design was worn by Hilary Duff for her 2019 wedding, though the former Disney star opted to skip the embellishments for her bridal moment.

Middleton also wore Princess Diana’s South Sea pearl and diamond drop earrings and Queen Elizabeth’s pearl bracelet to match her tiara, adding the blue sash above her gown showcasing her position as Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order – an honor which was bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II.

Earlier in the day, the Princess chose the Prince of Wales’ historic feather brooch to celebrate her new title and say goodbye to Ramaphosa.

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Middleton wore a white hooded Jenny Packham gown with glittering embellishments to the banquet.

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Queen consort Camilla opted for the late monarch’s Belgian sapphire tiara, her first crown moment since her husband took the throne. She kept the royal blue theme with a lace Bruce Oldfield gown and matching Belgian Sapphire Tiara necklace and bracelet.

Both Camilla and Kate proudly wore the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, a yellow sash with a portrait of the late monarch in her younger years, which is awarded to female members of the royal family at state banquets.

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Middleton also chose the lover’s knot for the 2018 state banquet that welcomed King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
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The banquet marks the first formal state visit since King Charles III took the throne following the death of his mother on Sept. 8 and the first state banquet at Buckingham Palace since Donald and Melania Trump were welcomed by Queen Elizabeth in 2019.

Now that state banquets are back, there should be many more crown jewels with legendary pasts to observe.

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