The Princess of Wales dazzled in a sequined red evening gown and lotus flower tiara as the royal family welcomed diplomats at Buckingham Palace as the wait intensified for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix docuseries .
Kate joined the Prince of Wales, the King and Queen Consort for the first Diplomatic Corps reception in three years as they greeted hundreds of guests at the glitzy event in London on Tuesday night.
Back in the US, meanwhile, Harry and Meghan were in New York preparing to accept the Ripple Of Hope Award for their racial justice and mental health work from Robert F Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR).
The couple’s reveal show is just hours away from airing on the streaming giant on Thursday, and the royal family is gearing up for explosive revelations, with Harry speaking of a “hierarchy in the family”, “foul play” ” and warning “We know the whole truth.”
The event at the Palace is the first Diplomatic Corps reception of the King’s reign, and the monarch, his consort Camilla, eldest son and heir to the throne William and his daughter-in-law Kate, a future queen, welcomed foreign ambassadors to the great occasion in the halls of the royal residence.
Kate, with her hair loose and smoothed without her trademark waves, wore a scarlet Jenny Packham floor-length gown decorated with sequined floral motifs, as well as a blue Royal Victorian Order and Queen’s Family Order sash, which sits on a yellow ribbon
Her tumbled diamond earrings belonged to Queen Elizabeth II.
The princess has worn the lotus flower tiara, also known as the queen mother’s papyrus tiara, before.
Made with diamonds in fan motifs surmounted by arches of floating diamonds, it belonged to Princess Margaret.
Kate also wore it to the diplomatic reception at the Palace in 2013 and to her first UK state banquet in 2015 during a state visit from China.
Camilla once again wore the late Queen’s sapphire and diamond tiara and necklace, which she chose for South Africa’s state banquet last month, and an Anna Valentine gown.
The late Queen was scheduled to host the White Tie Gathering in March this year at Windsor Castle, but it was postponed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
It is usually held every December, but there were no receptions in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.
The reception traditionally includes a buffet dinner and dancing.