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DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE 2019

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II joined by Members of the British Royal Family – Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – hosted the Annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019.



The reception, attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps based in London, supports the work of the Royal Family in representing the United Kingdom at home and abroad.

This work includes the hosting of State Visits and The Queen’s regular audiences with Ambassadors and High Commissioners.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Queen and Members of The Royal Family, welcomed the world’s ambassadors to Buckingham Palace at the annual Diplomatic Reception.

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Her Majesty was in high spirits as she welcomed her guests.

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The Duchess of Cambrige, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Annual Diplomatic Reception.

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Royal Fashion: Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wore white gown by Angela Kelly, white gloves, silver bag with matching shoes, The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Emerald and Diamond Drops, Greville Emerald Earrings.

The Queen also debuted a stunning Emerald and Diamond Necklace.

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Queen Elizabeth opted for emeralds with The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Emerald and Diamond Drops and Greville Emerald Earrings.

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Her Majesty white gown is by Angela Kelly. She added silver accessories.

Royal Fashion: The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her cream Bruce Oldfield gown with The Greville Tiara (her favourite), Diamond Drop Earrings, four-strand Pearl Choker with Queen Alexandra’s Antique Diamond Clasp.

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Royal Fashion: The Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore navy velvet Alexander McQueen gown with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, The Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Drop Earrings and Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace.

The Duchess debuted a new Diamond Ring on her right hand. The ring appears to be set with a large cluster of diamonds.

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The Duchess dazzled in a new gown and The Queen’s jewels for this evening’s Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. She wore a new navy velvet gown by Alexander McQueen, featuring a V-neck, structured shoulders with long sleeves, and a slim silhouette. It appears to be a customised version of the label’s Bejewelled Long Sleeve Illusion Gown shown above ($7,290). The Duchess wore Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara again this evening. Queen Mary had it commissioned in 1913 as a copy of the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara worn by her grandmother, Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess wore her hair in an elegant chignon showing off The Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Drop Earrings. Little is known of their origin. We saw the return of the stunning Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace which Kate wore in 2014. It was a wedding gift to the then-Princess Elizabeth from the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1947, who told Cartier to let the Princess pick out anything she wanted from their collection. Kate also had on a mystery ring on her right hand. This is the second time we have seen The Duchess wearing a sash, part of an Order’s insignia. She was made Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO), the order’s highest rank, in April. It is presented as a thanks for one’s service to the monarch. The order was created in 1896 by Queen Victoria, and includes a sash and a badge attached to it at the hip, as well as a star pinned to the left of her dress. The badge is a Maltese cross with a central medallion depicting the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria surrounded by a blue ring bearing the motto of the order—VICTORIA—and surmounted by a Tudor crown. The other badge you see worn on the left of her chest is the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, a personal and private honour given by the reigning monarch to female members of the royal family in gratitude of their service. It depicts a portrait of the monarch with their own coloured ribbon. The Queen wears the Orders of her father George VI and grandfather George V. Unlike the traditional versions made of ivory, Kate’s is made of glass.

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