Big sigh: today is the day when the Diplomatic Reception should have been held at Windsor Castle. This time around, it was an international conflict that (sensibly) led to the cancellation of the event. Since we won’t get new jewels today, I thought we’d look back at the tiaras and jewels worn by the Duchess of Cambridge for Diplomatic Receptions past.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace for the first time in December 2013. On that occasion, she wore the Lotus Flower Tiara with the Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Earrings.
Two years later, in December 2015, Kate wore the chandelier earrings again—but paired them with an exciting new tiara. This was Kate’s first appearance in Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, previously worn by both the Queen and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Kate wore a brilliant red evening gown for the event in December 2016. (She’d previously worn the dress for the Chinese state banquet in 2015.) She wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara, the Queen’s Diamond Frame Earrings, and the Edinburgh Wedding Bracelet for the occasion.
Here’s another look at the tiara and the earrings from the 2016 reception.
In December 2017, Kate continued her trend of wearing the Lover’s Knot Tiara for the annual reception. This time around, she paired the tiara with the Collingwood Pearl Drop Earrings and one of the Queen’s diamond rivière necklaces.
For the diplomatic reception in December 2018, Kate wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara with the Collingwood Pearl Drop Earrings and Queen Mary’s Diamond Choker Bracelet.
Here’s a good look at the tiara and the earrings from the 2018 reception.
And most recently, in December 2019, Kate wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara with a new combination of jewels.
She paired the tiara with the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace and the earrings from the Queen’s Pear-Shaped Diamond Demi-Parure, plus a diamond ring on her right hand.
Which jewels would you have liked to see Kate wear for the canceled reception tonight?
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