The Duchess of Cambridge's first state banquet: Which tiara will she wear?

From the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland to the Lotus Flower tiara, the Queen’s jewellery box is overflowing with some of the world’s finest gems. It is expected that Her Majesty will loan the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, a topper as she greets President Xi Jinping of China and his wife Peng Liyuan during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Oct. 20. As it is the mother of two’s first formal dinner as a senior royal, all eyes will be on Kate to see which topper she chooses for the occasion.

Kate wore the Queen's Halo tiara on her wedding day. Photo: © Getty Images

The style icon was honoured to wear a piece from the Queen’s collection on her wedding day in 2011, the stunning Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara, which consists of a band of graduated scrolls featuring 739 brilliant and 149 baton diamonds. The piece was originally bought as a love token by the Duke of Cambridge's great-grandfather, the future George VI, for his wife Elizabeth, who later gave it to their daughter Princess Elizabeth as a gift on her 18th birthday.

The Spencer family tiara was handed down to Prince William and Harry following Princess Diana's death. Photo: © Getty Images

Perhaps Kate will look to William’s maternal family and pay homage to his late mother by wearing the Spencer family tiara. The heirloom piece played a starring role on Diana’s wedding day in 1981 and is now in the possession of both Prince William and Prince Harry.

Whichever tiara Kate chooses for the special occasion is guaranteed to be magnificent, memorable and a glistening success. Here, Hello! shines a light on some magical pieces waiting for Kate inside the Royal Family’s jewellery box.


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