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Kate Middleton chose a special tiara to wear to the banquet with the Dutch royals

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to The Netherlands State Banquet.

The event was held at the lavish ballroom in the Buckingham Palace and many well-known guests were in attendance, including Prime Minister Theresa May.

As usual, Kate looked stunning in her classic choice of an Alexander McQueen gown, pastel blue with a mermaid cut.


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But it was her jewellery that was the talk of the evening.

She wore the Lover’s Knot tiara, a favourite of Princess Diana’s, atop a sophisticated swept up hairstyle with the late princess’ matching earrings as well.

The tiara is over a century old and was often the Princess of Wales go-to choice at royal events.

According to The Court Jeweller, the tiara was originally commissioned by Queen Mary, who had to give up one of her own tiara’s for its making.

Diana inherited the former queen’s love of the piece, who wore it during Queen Victoria’s coronation.

When Queen Mary died in 1953, she passed on the tiara to Queen Elizabeth II, who then passed it on to her daughter-in-law Princess Diana.

Clearly, the Lover’s Knot tiara holds much sentimental value for Kate and she was honoured to adorn it at the royal banquet.

It is sweet to see the Duchess of Cambridge carrying on her late mother-in-law's legacy and making this small tribute in her honour.


She's just about the most fashionable person on the planet, rarely looking anything but entirely picture-perfect. 

In fact, since officially becoming a member of Britain's most famous family in April 2011, Kate Middleton's look has evolved from rather safe and nondescript to full-on chic.

Yes, there's no denying that Mrs William Wales now boasts an elegance entirely worthy of her royal style icon status. 

Not that it was always so: in fact, before Wills put a ring on it, the Duchess Kate had plenty of items in her wardrobe that she would now turn her perfect princess nose up at.

However, on reflection, we reckon throwback Kate Middleton is very much for the win.

From trips to Dublin in old jeans to donning yellow hot-pants and roller-skates, the 33-year-old certainly had a sense of carefree fun back then.

Here, SHEmazing! takes a stroll down memory lane with the Duchess Of Cambridge's top 12 pre Royal Wedding looks.


1) The dress that changed history: She was modelling in a charity fashion show during their University Of St Andrews days when Prince William reportedly decided that Kate was the only woman for him. 


2) Feeling tweedy: It was spring 2004 when Kate rocked this oh-so rural-look during an outing with Wills. The skirt; the socks; the boots… It's all VERY horsey set.


3) Polka-dotty: Catherine sported this cotton pink halter-neck number – which she teamed with strappy floral red sandals – in July 2006. Suffice to say both are probably absent from her royal wardrobe now.


4) Casual in denim: During a short-lived split from her prince in the spring of '07, Ms Middleton popped over to Dublin with Mammy Middleton for a bit of shopping and to attend a gallery opening held by one of their friends. 


5) More dots: Also in Dublin, the princess-in-waiting rocked this conservative black two-piece suit and open-toed, kitten-heel shoes.


6) And they're back on! Wills and Kate were back in each other's arms before long – after lying low for a while, in February 2008 she made a dazzling return to public life in this pink Issa gown.


7) The look we love: K.Middy was having the serious craic while wearing yellow hot-pants at a charity event in September 2008. We hope she kept that green sequin top too.


8) Hippy hippy shake: In the summer of '09, Catherine cooled down in stuffy London by wearing this long, flowing floral maxi skirt and flip-flops. Why she was carrying quite so many bags (we count four), we're still not sure. 


9) Done deal: She got the ring – AND she looked amazing in this Issa number (the same one that sparked an entire trend) at the ridiculously high-profile press conference to announcement their engagement in November '10.


10) Lady in red: Those suede boots (the outfit would now be paired with LK Bennett pumps) are decidedly pre-wedding Kate, but just two months before their Big Day, William's girl was still looking really regal on an official outing with her prince.


11) Can't rain on my parade: Her weight-loss was noticeable (as were the creases), but two weeks before saying 'I do,' Ms Middleton still shined in Amanda Wakeley.


12) The day she wowed the world: THAT Alexander McQueen wedding dress. Afterwards, Kate left Westminster Abbey a fully-fledged princess. She hasn't looked back since. 




She (not to mention the adorable Prince George) wowed yesterday at Queen Elizabeth's birthday celebrations in London.

Yes, there was no denying that the Duchess Of Cambridge, who gave birth to Princess Charlotte on May 2, looked absolutely incredible donning a blue and white floral pattern dress by Catherine Walker.

But earlier today, and decidedly more dressed-down, the 33-year-old really turned heads.

Wearing a striped navy long-sleeved top, navy skinny jeans, and nautical-inspired flats, the Duchess and her husband Prince William attended a charity polo event in Gloucestershire.

​And certainly, a mere six weeks after giving birth, she has regained her pre-pregnancy already.

Kate was kept busy running after an active George, who turns two next month.

The toddler looked stylish, complementing his mother's attire in navy, knee-length shorts, a white collared t-shirt, and a blue buttoned cardigan.

Making it a real family affair, also in attendance at the Beaufort Polo Club soiree was Prince William's cousins Peter and Zara Phillips, who turned up with their respective spouses Autumn Phillips and Mike Tindall, as well as Princes Charles and Harry.

In fact, William, 32, and Harry, 30, even got in on the action, taking to their steeds to take part in a couple of the polo matches – much to the delight of the crowds.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Kate and Wills have now hired a new housekeeper for their rural abode, Amner Hall.

US Weeky confirms that 33-year-old Sadie Rice, who previously worked for Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit in Oslo, has already taken up her position.

Her duties will include running the house, cleaning silver and glassware, being in charge of household supplies, preparing and cooking meals, taking care of the royal couple's wardrobes, and caring for the family's dog Lupo.