Kate Middleton Wears Her Favorite Tiara to State Dinner at Buckingham Palace
Kate Middleton has arrived to the state banquet at Buckingham Palace for President Donald Trump’s official state visit to the U.K.
Kate, 37, also wore a blue, red and white sash of the Royal Victorian Order on her shoulder over her white Alexander McQueen gown — marking the first time she has worn the new honor, which was gifted to her by the Queen for her eighth wedding anniversary in April.
President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and his four adult children were hosted for the event in the ballroom. The horseshoe-shaped table — decorated with vast pink-themed floral arrangements — was laid for 171 guests.
Earlier in the day, the first couple was met by hundreds of protestors as they arrived at Buckingham Palace.
Marine One, which carried the Trumps, flew above large crowds with signs, including some that read: “Stop Trump’s nuclear arms race” and “No to Trump, no to war, no to racism.” In addition to the state banquet, the first couple used their helicopter as a mode of transportation during the first day to avoid London streets — and presumably the protestors.
Along with thousands of London natives taking to the streets, there have been demonstrations, giant projections and mini baby Trump blimps popping up across the city.
At the banquet, Trump was seated between Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the head of the table, with Prince Charles on his mother’s left. Next to Charles was Mrs. Trump. Taking their seats on opposite sides at the corners of the table were Prince William, seated between Prime Minister Theresa May and the U.S. ambassador’s wife Suzanne Johnson, and Kate, who was between the Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin, and Steven T. Mnuchin.
Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump were also in attendance. Ivanka sat next to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her husband, Jared Kushner, was with Princess Anne for the dinner.
Other notable guests included the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and her husband, who’s titled the Lord Great Chamberlain — Norfolk neighbors of William and Kate who made headlines in the U.K. earlier this year for an alleged feud between the two couples. The Marchioness, former model Rose Hanbury, sat next to Prince Harry at the Spanish state visit in 2017.
Both the president and Queen made speeches, each reflecting on their countries’ shared history and common values and the importance of a continued alliance.
“As we face the new challenges of the 21st century, the anniversary of D-Day reminds us of all that our countries have achieved together,” the Queen said.
She continued: “After the shared sacrifices of the Second World War, Britain and the United States worked with other allies to build an assembly of international institutions, to ensure that the horrors of conflict would never be repeated. While the world has changed, we are forever mindful of the original purpose of these structures: nations working together to safeguard a hard-won peace.”
Speaking after her toast, the president echoed that sentiment, saying in part:
“This evening, we thank God for the brave sons of the United Kingdom and the United States who defeated the Nazis and the Nazi regime and liberated millions from tyranny. The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that great crusade.”
Trump also conjured the image of the Queen’s work as a young wartime mechanic in 1945.
“Her majesty inspired her compatriots in that fight to support the troops, defend her homeland, and defeat the enemy at all cost,” he said.
The menu for the banquet includes steamed fillet of halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce, as well as new season Windsor lamb with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and port sauce. For dessert, they’ll be served strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream, fresh fruits, petit fours and coffee.
Kate was last seen in a tiara for the Queen’s state banquet in October for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, when she also wore the Lover’s Knot.
The famous Lover’s Knot tiara, often referred to as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, is a pearl-encrusted tiara that is one of the best-known in the British royal family’s collection, mostly thanks to it being a favorite of the late Princess Diana. William’s wife also showed off a pair of pearl drop earrings, which also belonged to Diana.
Prior to the evening’s banquet, the Queen hosted a private lunch for the President and First Lady. Afterwards, Trump and his wife Melania joined Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for tea at their nearby residence, Clarence House.
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Prince Harry attended a private exhibition without wife Meghan Markle, who is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to their son Archie on May 6. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be making an appearance at the state banquet. However, the couple are said to be making their first joint appearance since baby Archie’s birth at the annual Trooping the Colour celebrations in honor of the Queen’s birthday this Saturday.