Popping out of my hidey-hole because TIARAS!!! Tonight was the first State Banquet of King Charles III reign – hosting the President of South Africa. The Princess of Wales turned out in a sparkly white dress with cape sleeves – which looks beautiful – but the main event is Queen Camilla who finally wore a new dress to a State Banquet. And a new-to-her tiara, too!!Embed from Getty Images
Let’s chat about Kate first because she looked pretty. She chose this stunning white Jenny Packham gown with bejeweled shoulders and cape sleeves. For jewels, Kate chose the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara (technically the Queen Mary Lover’s Knot Tiara but whatevs) – her go-to (but I hope she gets to expand soon) – along with Diana’s diamond and pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet belonging to Queen Elizabeth II, and a diamond art deco brooch she first wore to Remembrance Sunday a week ago.
For Orders, it’s the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Victorian Order Sash and Star. I am a bit surprised that Charles hasn’t created his own family order yet.
Flawless.Embed from Getty Images
Earlier in the day, for greeting the President of South Africa, Kate wore this pretty Emilia Wickstead dress with Queen Alexandra’s Three Feathers Emerald Brooch (which is specifically worn by The Princess of Wales and was previously worn by both Diana and Camilla).
Ok back to TIARAS… Camilla. Finally. Gets. To. Wear. Something. New. Camilla has been wearing the same two white dresses to State Banquets for a decade with the same tiara and necklace/earring setup. So for Charles’ first State Banquet as King, Camilla broke out BLUE.Embed from Getty Images
Cams opted for a new blue lace Bruce Oldfield gown and Queen Elizabeth II’s Modern Sapphire Tiara. She is wearing the necklace and bracelet from the George VI sapphire set, but the earrings are different so I’m not sure where those are form (maybe Camilla’s? Didn’t she have sapphire earrings already?).
She’s wearing the Order of the Garter for the first time (I think) and the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.
I’m just so happy to see Camilla is something different!!! I’m still broken-hearted over the loss of the Queen, but seeing these ladies in new jewels really is fun.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Edward and The Countess of Wessex were in attendance.Embed from Getty Images
Sophie wore this pretty green Suzannah gown with the Aquamarine Tiara (here’s hoping Sophie gets to wear a new tiara soon, too). Sophie’s also wearing jewels from Queen Elizabeth II’s collections: the Diamond Pear-Shaped Pendant Fringe Necklace and Diamond Chandelier Drop Earrings. Like Kate, Sophie also wore the Royal Victorian Order and Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.
All three of these women looks fantastic tonight. All of them turned out and I’m here for it.Embed from Getty Images
A reminder that Prince William exists (and is clenching his jaw hard in this photo – yikes).Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images