Kate's autumnal aubergine shift, costing £1,850, was actually by Dolce & Gabbana, who had previously expressed a wish to dress her. That's unusual for the patriotic Duchess who tends to stick to British designers. She looked gorgeous and every bit a princess in a red, sparkling cap sleeve Jenny Packham gown and a lotus flower diamond tiara.
Although to many, any sort of headpiece encrusted with diamonds is nearly guaranteed to be a show-stopper, Duchess Kate chose this particular tiara, which she has worn before, as a deliberate attempt to allow her indomitable grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, sparkle. But it obviously kept a place close to the consort's heart for in 1959, now the Queen Mother, she gave the tiara to her younger daughter, Princess Margaret, who wore it regularly through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Kate's tiara - an Egyptian-inspired piece was first worn by The Queen Mother in 1923 (though she wore it 1920s-style over the lower part of her forehead) - is the third from the royal collection that she has enjoyed wearing. When she got bangs last month, it made worldwide news.
How does one follow up an evening spent wearing a historic tiara to an ornate state banquet in honor of a visiting president?!
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, morphed into the regal equivalent of a power attorney pantsuit at a royal banquet for the leaders of China yesterday. News. "As it was her debut at such a traditionally high-profile affair, guests and fans alike were equally anxious to see what the Duchess of Cambridge would model upon her grand entrance - particularly when it came to the jewels". Prior to the event, there has been much speculation as to what tiara Middleton will choose to wear. Aside from her red dress, the Lotus Flower tiara is also a nod to the Chinese culture, as the lotus is one of China's favorite flowers.