President Donald Trump and his family may have been the guests of honor at the state banquet Queen Elizabeth II hosted at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 3, but it was Kate Middleton who stole the show!
The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, was a vision in a floor-length white bridal-inspired gown by Alexander McQueen — the same fashion house that designed her dress for her 2011 wedding to Prince William — and her late mother-in-law’s tiara.
The magnificent accessory, dubbed the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, was a wedding gift to Princess Diana following her 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles. The piece was commissioned by Queen Mary in 1914 and features 19 arches, 38 pearls and diamonds from the royal family's collection.
It’s not the first time Middleton has worn the headpiece: She also paired the tiara with a lace pink Marchesa frock at a state banquet King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain in July 2017, and again at a separate state banquet for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in October 2018.
The royal finished off her head-turning look with a pair of Queen Elizabeth II’s sapphire-and-diamond fringe earrings and a brand new red, white and blue sash to symbolize the Royal Victorian Order. (Middleton was made a Dame Grand Cross—the highest rank in the Order equivalent of a Knight per Town & Country—by her grandmother-in-law, 93, in April.)
Among the roughly 170 guests present at the event were Prince Williams, Queen Elizabeth, who wore her own Burmese ruby and diamond tiara, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, who wore a diamond boucheron tiara, First Lady Melania, Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric and Tiffany Trump, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Jared Kushner and Princess Anne.
The Queen made a speech acknowledging the relationship between England and the U.S. per the royal Instagram account: “Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come,” she said.
The Royal Family account also offered up a sneak peek at the table where guests dined in the palace’s ballroom.
People reported that the dignitaries noshed on steamed fillet of halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce, Windsor lamb with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and port sauce, plus strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream, fresh fruits, petit fours and coffee for dessert.