The special accessories worn by Kate at Buckingham Palace Reception explained


KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, dazzled guests and royal fans on Wednesday evening’s Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess joined Prince William and the Queen for the annual Diplomatic Corps reception, welcoming guests who represent the UK all over the world. While Kate sported a floor length navy velvet gown adorned with sparkling jewellery, she also wore some a sash with medals over her dress. Her blue, red and white sash signifies her position as a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

It is the highest ranking of chivalry personally awarded by the Queen for being in her service.

Kate was bestowed the honour on her and William’s eighth wedding anniversary in April.

She debuted the sash earlier this year during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace to mark President Donald Trump’s official state visit to the UK.

The order is also represented by a Maltese cross, which Kate wore near the bottom of the sash.

Queen Victoria created the Royal Victorian Order in 1896.

It was created to allow her to recognise people who helped her or represented her.

The ruling monarch at the time personally selects who is given the honour.

Fellow Knights and Dames Grand Cross include the Queen’s son Prince Edward as well as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The position of Grand Master of the Order was created in 1937 and was occupied by the Queen Mother until her death in 2002.

The Queen then appointed her daughter, Princess Anne, to the spot in 2007.

Camilla, Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have also been seen in their blue sashes.

Royal wives are typically given the Royal Victorian Order or the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth, and they can collect additional orders as time goes on, and they have done more work for the family.

Each order is represented with a different sash, varying in colour and width, but they aren’t worn often and broken out for formal occasions.

The white tie Diplomatic Reception is the main social event of the year in London for the diplomatic community and reflects the Queen’s importance in terms of the UK’s international relations.

The Duchess wore a floor length navy velvet Alexander McQueen gown for the occasion.

She also donned Princess Diana’s stunning ‘Lover’s Knot’ Tiara.

Pictures of the Duchess were uploaded onto the Kensington Royal Instagram page.

One Instagram user commented: “Just gorgeous. She will be a wonderful Queen one day.

“William is a lucky man to have such a stunning and gracious life partner.”

Reese Pea wrote: “Kate always looks so regal and sincere.”

Another Instagram user posted: “As gracious as ever, a Queen from head to toe! Stunning!”

Chloe wrote on Instagram: “Catherine’s pepper is too hot!”

Kate accessorised her outfit with the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, a piece loaned to her by the Queen.

Her Majesty received the necklace as a gift earn she married Philip in November 1947.


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