Kate Middleton puts on united front with William as she dazzles in red sequins and tiara

The Princess of Wales stole the show at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night, as she and husband Prince William joined King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla at a Diplomatic Corps reception.

King Charles III, 74, and Queen Consort Camilla, also 74, hosted their first Diplomatic Reception on 6 December. The reception, which honours foreign and British diplomats, is traditionally held at Buckingham Palace each year and sees the Royals don their best jewels and clothing.

Kate, 40, dazzled in a red sequinned gown by one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham, and she also sported the statement Lotus Flower Tiara.

The tiara, also known as the Queen Mother's Papyrus Tiara, consists of diamonds in fanned motifs crowned by floating diamond arches.

Kate has worn the tiara on numerous official occasions in the past, but has been favouring the Lovers Knot over more recent years. She last wore the Lotus Flower tiara in 2015 for the China state banquet.

At the reception, the Princess also sported the blue Royal Victoria Order sash as well as Queen Elizabeth II's Family Order which sits on a small pale yellow ribbon.

To finish off her striking look, Kate paid tribute to her late grandmother-in-law and wore a pair of drop diamond earrings which belonged to Her Majesty.

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She was joined by husband Prince William, 40, who looked dapper in a tuxedo, as well as the Queen Consort, who opted for a blue frock by Anna Valentine and a tiara featuring sapphires and diamonds with a matching necklace.

A Diplomatic Reception was last held at Buckingham Palace in 2019, hosted by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Over the past two years the prestigious event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event sees around 500 guests gather in the State Rooms at the Palace.

The reception comes after two trailers were recently released for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new Netflix series, which looks to include bombshell revelations about the Royal Family.

The six-part Netflix documentary series, titled Harry & Meghan, will see the pair open up about their lives and their time as senior royals. The couple stepped down from Royal duties in March 2020.

The show will be released in two parts. Volume I, consisting of the first three episodes, will land on Netflix on 8 December, while the second instalment will be released on 15 December.


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