CAMILLA, the Duchess of Cornwall, dazzled in regal elegance in a glamorous Boucheron Honeycomb tiara as she appeared alongside Prince Charles for the Queen’s annual Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess of Cornwall was particularly notable yesterday evening as she was dressed in finery, looking splendid in a Bruce Oldfield gown she greeted foreign ambassadors based in the UK at the formal event. The Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and also by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the annual party, which invites members of the Diplomatic Corps to enjoy an evening at the palace each Christmas, with ambassadors, government officials and high commissioners among those on the guest list. The official dress code for the event is “white tie”, so the Queen, Duchess Camilla and Duchess Kate looked as radiant as ever in their white and navy-velvet gowns respectively, and Prince William and father Prince Charles were suitably smart in white bow-ties.
The three royal women looked dazzling in their stunning tiaras, that must display their Royal Orders.
Camilla looked especially glamorous as she was joined by her husband the Prince of Wales and other senior royals for her final official engagement before the year comes to a close.
Duchess Camilla wore a Greville Tiara, made by Boucheron.
She combined this with beautiful pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.
Every year, the Queen, 93, welcomes around 1,000 guests to the palace for the lavish event which extends across several state rooms of Buckingham Palace.
The evening is an opportunity for the monarch to entertain diplomats who live in London before she sets off on her Christmas holiday.
This year’s function takes place on Wednesday 11 December and attendees must follow the strict “white tie and decorations” dress code, which means tailcoats for the gentlemen and full-length gowns for the ladies.
At last year’s reception the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning, as they coordinated in white evening dresses and tiaras.
Her Majesty chose a cream gown with gold floral lace detailing, teaming it with metallic pumps, a matching handbag and the Queen Mary Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.
Kate wore a silver-white Jenny Packham dress with sequin embellishments and Princess Diana’s Lover’s Knot tiara, while Camilla looked elegant in an oyster overcoat with the Greville tiara.
But, as the festive season approaches it was recently revealed by Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowels that the Duchess of Cornwall will leave the Queen early on Christmas Day for a very special appointment with members of her own family.
The Duchess’ son has admitted Camilla will spend Christmas Day morning with the Royal Family at Sandringham before travelling to spend the rest of the day with her own family.
Referring to the special time she spends with her son, Tom Parker Bowles told Town and Country magazine: “Even now, we all drive down to be together.
“My mother’s up with my stepfather, and she comes down on Christmas Day straight after the Queen’s speech.
He explained how the Parker Bowles’ are a close knit family and described vacations to London over Christmas with his family.
Mr Bowels added: “There was something about being very young, six, seven, eight, and going to London.
“Usually, because I’d go to lunch with my grandmother, and you’d be dressed in your sort of London best, you know?
“And you’d go and look at the windows at Fortnum’s or Selfridges or Harrods.”
Last year the Duchess of Cornwall pulled out of attending the Christmas Day church service in Sandringham at the last minute, leaving Prince Charles to arrive alone accompanied by with his children.
Charles and his wife of 13 years were meant to be among the members of the Royal Family out in force for the service on Christmas Day.
The royals traditionally spend the festive period at Sandringham House, the Queen’s country residence in Norfolk.