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Princess Kate might have been in the heart of the countryside, but her look at a gourmet charity dinner on Wednesday night was hardly country chic – and once again, she tapped into the world’s ultimate jewelry box.
Going for full-tilt glamour in one of her most princess-worthy dresses to date – a blush-pink sequined gown by Jenny Packham first worn in 2011 – the royal mom again wore diamond earrings on loan from her grandmother-in-law, the Queen. She first debuted the dazzling pair on her 2011 trip to Los Angeles with husband Prince William. Since then, the delicate chandelier style has become a firm favorite of Kate’s, along with a bold art deco diamond bracelet also on loan from the Queen. Known as the Queen Mary Chain-Link Bracelet, the piece was once a choker belonging to Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of George V, and it was a firm favorite of the Queen Mother.
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“Art deco pieces have a timeless appeal,” Elizabeth Galton, creative director of Mappin & Webb (whose designs Kate often wears), tells PEOPLE.
Both pieces were last worn by Kate at the state banquet held for the Chinese President in October, when Kate also wore her go-to Lotus Flower tiara. But Wednesday marked the first time that the two heirloom pieces have been worn to a charity gala, signifying perhaps the importance of the event to Kate.
Hosted at Houghton Hall, the stately home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, the charity event for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices was attended by 80 guests who enjoyed a five-course meal, musical entertainment and even a magic show.