Two and a half months after the death of Isabel II, the visit of Cyril RamaphosaPresident of South Africa, to the United Kingdom has again offered us the opportunity to see all the pomp of the British monarchy.
For the first time since he was king, Charles III He has hosted a state visit, something that has not happened in London since before the pandemic.
In the welcoming ceremony with the Princes of Wales, in which Kate Middleton has finally been able to abandon mourning and return to her colorful outfits, the princess stood out with a coat-dress of Emily Wickstead in purple with a hat pill box matching. He also wore the Prince of Wales’s feather brooch for the first time, a diamond jewel with an emerald teardrop that originally belonged to the Queen. Alexandra in her time as princess of Wales, and that Kate Middleton has combined with some earrings from the princess Diana.
Afterwards, the South African president met with the kings, who offered a military act in which a thousand soldiers participated, followed by lunch.
There we could see Camilla Parker with a blue coat to match her hat, a diamond brooch and the pearl and diamond earrings that she wore on the day of her civil wedding with the current king.
But the main course came at night, with the first state banquet since the change of monarch and in which Queen Camilla also made her debut as hostess and was going to wear her first tiara in her new royal role.
For the occasion, the 75-year-old queen consort did not disappoint and dazzled with the Belgian sapphire tiara that belonged to the late Isabel II.
The current queen bet everything on blue to combine with the precious stones of the diadem, with a dress of Bruce Oldfield with lace, and other royal accessories in the same tone, such as the sash of the Order of the Garter, or the Dame Star Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
He also used a necklace belonging to the set known as the King’s Victorian Suit George VIa gift from King George to his daughter, the then Princess Elizabeth, for their wedding in 1947. Although Camilla did not use the earrings that belong to the set, in the shape of a teardrop, but rather smaller ones with a round sapphire.
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The queen consort has shown on other occasions that she likes flashy tiaras, choosing larger models than the ones she wears, for example. Kate Middleton. It had been three years since the ladies of British royalty had not worn this type of jewel on their heads, because due to the pandemic they had not had an official occasion or diplomatic dinners in which to wear them.
For his part, kate middleton who was also making her debut as Princess of Wales at a state dinner, chose the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, which she had already worn on numerous occasions as the Duchess of Cambridge and which was a favorite of her predecessor, the Princess Dianawhich has been seen as a tribute to his late mother-in-law.
Her earrings in the shape of a horseshoe intertwined with a laurel wreath, made with diamonds and pearls, also come from Diana’s jeweler. As for her dress, Kate has opted for a long white one with a cape, with brilliant embroidered rhinestones on the shoulders, from the British Jenny Packham.