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Duchess of Cambridge wears Princess Diana’s favourite tiara for state banquet

The state dinner was held in honour of the Netherlands' visiting King and Queen

The Duchess of Cambridge wore one of Princess Diana’s favourite tiaras as she attended a glitzy state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

The mother of three, 36, cut an elegant figure as she arrived alongside her husband, The Duke of Cambridge, for the lavish affair on Tuesday evening.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by Queen Maxima are staying at Buckingham Palace during their two day stay in the UK. The last State Visit from the Netherlands was by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus in 1982. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Didn’t Kate look magical? (Credit: John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It was held in honour of the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, and his wife, Queen Maxima, who are currently on a state visit to the UK.

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Kate wore the stunning Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, which was previously worn by her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.

Her blue gown was by Alexander McQueen, one of her favourite brands to wear.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks with Rear Admiral Ludger Brummelaar during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by Queen Maxima are staying at Buckingham Palace during their two day stay in the UK. The last State Visit from the Netherlands was by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus in 1982. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge walks with Rear Admiral Ludger Brummelaar (Credit: John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen inherited the tiara – a replica of an earlier version – following Queen Mary’s death in 1953, and it quickly became a favourite of Princess Diana’s when The Queen loaned it to her.

Kate has worn the tiara on a handful of occasions since joining the Royal Family. Her pearl drop earrings belonged to Diana, while her necklace was Queen Alexandra’s wedding necklace.

She wore a Royal Family Order below her left shoulder, a personal gift from The Queen to female members of the Royal Family.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva
Prince Harry and Meghan visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva (Credit: Splashnews.com)

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are continuing their 16-day tour across Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

They had a busy day of engagements in Fiji’s capital of Suva on Wednesday, which included two solo engagements for Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

However, her visit to a local market was abruptly cut short due to concerns over crowd sizes, and she was whisked away by security just six minutes into the engagement.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits a market on October 24, 2018 in Suva, Fiji. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Ian Vogler - Pool/Getty Images)
Kensington Palace said the trip was cut short due to ‘crowd management issues’ (Credit: Ian Vogler – Pool/Getty Images)

Initially, Kensington Palace claimed that the decision was taken because of “uncomfortable conditions” – but later, it was conceded that “crowd management issues” was the reason behind the abrupt exit.

Despite this, the Duchess – who was known as Meghan Markle prior to her marriage in May – still managed to meet the four women she’d originally intended to.

A palace aide told the Telegraph: “It was hot, humid and uncomfortably busy and there were far larger crowds than expected. She met everyone she was meant to meet and left.”

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex visits Suva Market to meet some of the female vendors who have been involved in the UN Women's project 'Markets for Change' before cutting her visit short due to security issues
Sources said there were concerns about the lack of barriers separating the crowds from the Duchess (Credit: Splashnews.com)

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Meghan continued on to her second solo engagement of the day, tea at the British High Commissioner’s House, while Harry visited the Colo-i-Suva forest, which is part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

Other engagements on Wednesday including Harry going solo to lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial before he and Meghan visited the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva, where they both gave speeches.

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