If the Princess of Wales can re-wear a special-occasion outfit, so can you.
If Kate Middleton's latest shimmering look is giving you a case of déjà vu, you're not stuck in a perpetual time warp of glittering gowns and royal finery. After making an appearance this morning in an all-blue Alexander McQueen suit, the Princess of Wales attended the Diplomatic Reception alongside her husband, Prince William, and King Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla. And for the occasion, she re-wore an entire look that made its debut at the royal wedding in Jordan back in June.
The event, which happens every year ahead of the winter holidays, sees members of the Diplomatic Corps coming to celebrate at Buckingham Palace, where the royals thank them all for their services. Kate's outfit brought together the same sequined Jenny Packham gown that she wore at the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa as well as all the accouterments she wore that night, as well, including her go-to Lover's Knot tiara and the Greville Chandelier earrings. Today, she finished the outfit with her blue sash of the Royal Victorian Order and the Royal Family Order, which features a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
According to the Court Jeweller blog, Kate's tiara was crafted more than 100 years ago and was commissioned from Garrard by Queen Mary in 1913 or 1914. Its design borrows from a tiara that Mary's grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse and the Duchess of Cambridge, owned and wore. Kate has made a habit of using her jewelry to pay homage to the royal family.
"Kate has always signaled that she'd like to emulate the Queen Mother's royal role, and wearing her jewels is an important symbol of that continuity," Lauren Kiehna, founder of The Court Jeweller, told People when Kate pulled the Strathmore Rose tiara out of the royal vault recently. "It's fitting that Kate — likely with some assistance from King Charles — would choose to wear the tiara exactly a hundred years after the Queen Mother originally received it. The piece is an antique that wasn't fashionable for many decades, but many jewels once considered fussy or unstylish have now been embraced again."
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