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The Royal Family hosts diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace

The Royal Family has welcomed members of the Diplomatic Corps to Buckingham palace for a special reception.

Hundreds of diplomats joined The King, The Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales at the evening event which is traditionally held in the first days of December.

Guests included ambassadors and high commissioners.

Before the reception began, King Charles and Queen Camilla posed for an official photograph to mark the event alongside the Prince and Princess.

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The Queen wore the Girls of Britain and Ireland tiara for the second time in a matter of weeks. Her Majesty also chose a rather unusual piece of jewellery for the event. Queen Camilla wore a ‘stomacher’, a large brooch type gem that was popular in late Victorian and Edwardian times and which is always worn on the front of the bodice of a dress.

The Princess of Wales wore the Queen Mary Lover’s Knot tiara, one of her most popular diadems. Catherine also wore a pair of diamond earrings that came to the Royal Family from the heiress, Mrs Greville.

The King and the Prince of Wales were both in white tie for the reception.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.