Tiara Alert! Princess Kate Set for First State Banquet
Kate and husband Prince William could be tapped to help Queen Elizabeth entertain the Chinese president and his wife during their upcoming visit to the U.K.
Time to dust off the royal tiaras!
Princess Kate has only been seen in a tiara a few times, and for many royal fans, a glittering repeat is long overdue.
Most of her royal events have not been ones that call for glamorous headpieces, but that may soon change if she and husband Prince William are called upon to help Queen Elizabeth welcome the Chinese president to the U.K. in the fall.
President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan will head to London for a few days in October. The couple will stay at Buckingham Palace.
Palace officials tell PEOPLE that plans are still being drawn up for the events around the State Visit, but The Sunday Times reports that the royal couple is definitely in the line-up for the big evening.
William has helped smooth the way for the arrival of the Chinese delegation after his successful visit to the country in March.
Citing the brief tour that helped renew and improve relations between the royal family and China, the paper reported, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the banquet with the Queen and Prince Philip.”
Whatever the plans for the high diplomacy meetings, Kate, 33, will have plenty of tiaras to choose from – loaned by the Queen from the palace collections, tiaras – worn by all senior royal women – are part of the pomp and ceremony of the evening.
The mom of two has rarely been seen in the fairy-tale royal accessory. She famously wore the Cartier Halo tiara for her 2011 wedding and, at a white-tie gathering for diplomats at Buckingham Palace just before Christmas 2013, she was given a diamond-and-pearls piece that the late Queen Mother wore when she was Duchess of York in the 1920s.
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A State Banquet is the showy centerpiece of any diplomatic powwow, and the Queen has hosted more than 110 in her 63-year reign. Taking three days to lay the table to its meticulous parameters (each person has a regimented 18 inches of space for their table setting), palace staff pride themselves on creating a magical evening.
The spectacular events are being celebrated in this summer’s opening of Buckingham Palace for tourists, who can see exhibits such as the cutlery stores, get an idea of the vast wine cellars and see a full table laid out for a banquet.
Neither the couple’s office at Kensington Palace nor Buckingham Palace would comment on plans surrounding the upcoming State Visit, saying it was too early to confirm arrangements.
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