Kate opts for Lover’s Knot tiara at evening reception

The Duchess of Cambridge has once again opted for a tiara favoured by Diana, Princess of Wales, for a glittering reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Lover's Knot tiara was Kate's star accessory at the annual white-tie Diplomatic Corps reception, where she and other senior royals dressed in their finery.

At the evening reception on Wednesday, Kate matched the diamond and pearl tiara with a navy velvet gown by Alexander McQueen, a combination she opted for earlier this year.

The duchess wore the sparkling headpiece with a white ruffled Alexander McQueen gown for a state banquet hosted during Donald's Trump three-day state visit in June.

The diamond and pearl tiara once belonged to her mother-in-law Diana, who famously teamed the heirloom with a white sequined dress and high-collared jacket by Catherine Walker.

The piece was originally made for Queen Mary, the Queen's grandmother, in 1914 by the House of Garrand, using pearls and diamonds belonging to her family.

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The Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 11, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
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Its design was taken from a tiara owned by Mary's grandmother Princess Augusta of Hesse, known as the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.

Pictured smiling and talking to guests at the Diplomatic Reception, Kate also wore her sash and star of the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

The duchess, who joined the Duke of Cambridge at the event, paired the tiara with shimmering drop earrings and a matching statement necklace.

The Duchess of Cornwall opted for a cream embroidered gown by Bruce Oldfield, a diamond Boucheron tiara and pearl choker and pearl earrings on Wednesday.

A similarly coloured gown was worn by the Queen, who dressed in a lace trimmed Angela Kelly state gown and the Vladimir tiara with emerald and diamond drops.

She also wore white gloves and carried a silver handbag.

The annual event is held every December for members of the Diplomatic Corps to enjoy an evening at the palace.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs Kensington Palace to attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of US President Donald Trump's State Visit to the UK on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart Kensington Palace to attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of US President Donald Trump's State Visit to the UK on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge, followed by the Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, as they arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge, followed by the Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, as they arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) walks with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Catherine,Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Victoria Jones- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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