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The Royal Family attend the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace

Members of the Royal Family have been photographed arriving at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening for the annual Diplomatic Reception.

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The dinner, which hosts around 1000 guests, is a private event and the only photographs are of the guests arriving. However, 2016 was a treat when they shared a picture of the Royal Family inside.

Pulling up to the palace, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was in Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara often mistaken for the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. A favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Thanks to @courtjeweller, she explained the difference. The Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot was a copy made in 1913 by Garrard of the Cambridge Lover’s. The Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara was sold by Christie’s on auction in Geneva in May 1981.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s hair was pulled back with another one of Diana’s pieces, her pearl drop earrings. Her outfit was completed with a diamond necklace.

The Duchess of Cornwall was just as stunning in her favourite tiara, the Boucheron and a four-string pearl necklace, arriving with Prince Charles.

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Prince Harry is not in attendance this evening as he is at the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund carol concert.

Kate still has not been awarded The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth. Since the order will not be made publically aware, an event like tonight or a State Visit would see the Duchess wearing the yellow ribbon pinned to her chest signifying The Queen has bestowed it upon her.

Other female members who have the order are the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Gloucester.


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