The Duchess in Alexander McQueen as well as Glittering Jewels for State dinner (UPDATED)

The Duchess mixed new as well as old for tonight’s state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

The dinner is in honor of the three-day state go to by the United States.

Below, president Trump, HM, very first woman Melania Trump, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess as well as US Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin as they walk to the dinner.

Here you see the Duchess as the guests proceed to the ballroom.

The #DuchessofCambridge tonight. #UKStateVisit

— Christin Zi (@PackhamGown) June 3, 2019

There were more than 170 guests at the banquet, including many royal household members. Below, Prince William as well as Prime priest Theresa May. 

Dame Vivien Hunt of McKinsey & business with Prince Andrew.

Mrs. Hammond, spouse of Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, as well as the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Britain’s priest for the cupboard office as well as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, David Lidington. 

Britain’s Leader of the home of Lords, Baroness Natalie Evans, as well as Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. 

Here you see Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline escorted by Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester. 

Also attending, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester as well as Lord fantastic Chamberlain, David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. 

Followed by Ivanka Trump and Britain’s worldwide trade Secretary, Liam Fox. You can likewise see the Duke of Kent as well as Kellyanne Conaway just behind them.  

Below, Princess Michael as well as British Petroleum Chairman Helge Lund. 

Princess Alexandra (the Queen’s cousin) as well as former foreign priest William Hague. 

A look at the space just before the guests arrived.

Work to transform the ballroom into a banquet-ready scene took more than 24 hours, according to the Royal household Twitter.

Information on the menu, via Victoria Murphy’s story in town as well as Country:

…a menu starting with steamed fillet of halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears, as well as chervil sauce. This was followed by saddle of new season Windsor lamb, with herb stuffing, spring vegetables as well as port sauce. Dessert was strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream followed by a choice of assorted fresh fruits, then coffee as well as petit fours. wine on offer included Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990, wine from the Windsor fantastic Park vineyard as well as English high quality sparkling wine.

Another view.

A better look at the stunning floral arrangements created by the royal florists. more about the decor from Victoria Murphy’s Town as well as Country story:

 The horseshoe-shaped table was decorated with big bouquets of roses, mixed peonies, wonderful peas, larkspur, as well as mixed foliage in shades of summertime pink. other decor included more than 100 ivory-colored candles as well as displays of seasonal fruit.

And a view with people at the banquet tables.

In this diagram, I added a few names of the royals at the event, showing where they were seated.

This is the fourth state banquet for the Duchess. Her very first was the China dinner in October 2015, when she wore a red Jenny Packham gown as well as the Lotus flower tiara.

Her second was the Spain state dinner in July 2017; she was in a Marchesa gown, the Lover’s Knot tiara as well as the Queen’s Ruby as well as Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace.

For her third state dinner, the Netherlands banquet in October 2018, the Duchess opted for an Alexander McQueen gown, the Lover’s Knot tiara, as well as Queen Alexandra’s wedding event Necklace. This is likewise when we saw the Royal household order for the very first time. 

Now for our look at what people wore this evening. HM wore an evening gown with crystal-centered daisies by Angela Kelly, a Burmese ruby as well as diamond tiara, a ruby as well as diamond necklace, ruby as well as diamond rings as well as matching earrings. 

The very first woman wore a Dior Haute Couture ivory silk crepe gown. The Duchess of Cornwall was in a cream embroidered evening gown by Bruce Oldfield as well as Greville Tiara.

CNN’s Kate Bennett tweeted a side-by-side showing the original runway piece.

Below, Princess Anne as well as Jared Kushner.

According to The Court Jeweller, Princess Anne was wearing the Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara. (There is more info on the tiara here!) Interestingly, the diamond as well as aquamarine brooch that you see on her left shoulder, utilized to secure her sash, was the central aspect in the tiara at one time. I don’t understand who designed Sophie’s gown however did checked out that she is wearing her wedding event tiara, although the Court Jeweller notes it has had a makeover.

Below, the Countess of Wessex as well as Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump is wearing a Carolina Herrera design, the label’s Tie-Sleeve Sparkle-Embroidered Trench Gown. thanks to Susan C. of What Meghan Wore for that ID.

Now for our look at what Kate wore. You can just see her in the background of this photo. 

Here is a much better view. 

Her gown is by Alexander McQueen. The style features row upon row of ruffled lace (I believe it is lace). In this video from Emily Nash, you can see exactly how it moves when Kate walks.

Tonight we saw for the very first time the Royal Victorian Order sash as well as badge associated with the Duchess’s condition as a Dame Grand Cross of the (GCVO) Royal Victorian Order. Kate affixed the upper part of the sash to her gown with her acorn brooch.

The badge is a Maltese cross with a medallion depicting the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria on a red background, surrounded by a blue ring bearing the motto of the order, with a Tudor crown at the top. 

This offers a little much better look at the Insignia, as well as the Royal household Order on the yellow ribbon, the clutch, 4-strand pearl bracelet, as well as earring.

As noted, the Duchess wore the Lover’s Knot tiara.

And the Queen Mother’s sapphire as well as diamond fringe earrings. We very first saw them at the 2015 100 Women in Hedge Funds Dinner. Below, second from the left, you see them on the Queen Mother.

More from Her Majesty’s Jewel Chest, referencing The Queen Mother:

…when it came to earrings, she had her favorites as well as didn’t do much branching out. She did, however, have these earrings, which were seldom worn. They include sapphires surrounded by diamonds with a fringe of diamonds as well as little sapphires suspended below. Like many pieces in her collection, their history is unknown.

Along with the rest of The Queen Mother’s jewels, we can presume these earrings were inherited by The Queen in 2002. The Queen, who has plenty of sapphire options in her own vault, has never worn them publicly.

The Duchess wore a 4-strand pearl bracelet as well as carried a white evening bag. Below, one more look. 

Kate’s bag seems to be the exact same one carried for this year’s BAFTA Awards, believed to a custom piece by Alexander McQueen.

UPDATE Tuesday AM: With thanks to Avillaneda for their comment linking to this discussion board publish about the jewelry, it looks like Kate might have been wearing a different bracelet of Diana’s. The late Princess of Wales is seen wearing the bracelet in a picture from a November 1982 state dinner with the Netherlands, as well as Diana is wearing a necklace we saw Kate wear in 2017 for the celebration celebrating the 70th wedding event anniversary of the Queen as well as Prince Philip. 

The Order of Splendor notes the necklace belongs to the Queen. It was on funding to Diana in 1982, as it was likewise loaned to the Duchess.

Thank you once again to Avillaneda for the comment with info on possible provenance for the bracelet!

Earlier today the president as well as very first woman were officially welcomed on the west terrace of Buckingham Palace by HM, accompanied by Prince Charles as well as the Duchess of Cornwall. HM has met 12 American Presidents, going back to her days as a Princess when she met president Harry S. Truman.

Royal gun Salutes were fired at eco-friendly Park as well as the Tower of London as part of the day’s ceremonies.

Next, a personal lunch at BP, followed by viewing an exhibition in the photo Gallery featuring items from the Royal Collection that are considered to be of historical significance to the United States. 

Prince Harry as well as Ivanka Trump as they viewed the exhibit. 

The president as well as Mrs. Trump, accompanied by Prince Andrew, visited Westminster Abbey. The president laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown Warrior, as well as there was a tour of the Abbey. right here you see the Dean of Westminster, John Hall, on the far right. 

Later in the afternoon, there was a tea hosted by the Prince of Wales as well as Duchess of Cornwall.  

Many thanks to those who shared screen grabs, including Christin, Patricia Treble, as well as Replicate Royals.

UPDATE: many have commented right here as well as on Facebook about the women wearing white: the Queen, Melania Trump, the Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duchess of Cambridge. I do not understand why this is the case, although Natalie commented that she went back as well as looked at the Obama state dinner as well as the key players likewise wore white to that event. It might be as simple as it just shooting much better than other colors in that specific room. Others commenting note that the jewels as well as royal orders photograph well against a light or white background, a great point.

UPDATE 2: This tweet from Majesty magazine’s Joe Little underscores what many have said about the gown colors this evening.

One more photo. 

One note: please refrain from any type of comments with political statements; they will not be published.


This is the Telegraph’s online protection of the State Dinner.

The Royal household channel has a 3-minute+ video from the dinner.

USA Today has approximately 14 minutes of raw video from the dinner.


The Telegraph’s running protection of the go to is here; The everyday Mail’s protection is here; a BBC article is here; the reveal story is here; a everyday Mirror piece is here

Victoria Murphy’s town as well as country story is here; a Hello! piece is here; an reveal story focused on Kate’s ensemble is here; s people piece on Kate’s look is here; the Fug Girls publish is here; for a rundown on the jewelry pop over to the Court Jeweller here

Bazaar’s picture gallery is here; a just Jared gallery as well as video may be seen here; a PopSugar gallery is here


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