Duchess Kate has upped the glamour since returning from maternity leave with her glitziest appearance yet at the state banquet celebrating her friends King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's first UK tour. The mother of three arrived at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night (Oct. 23) clad in a blue Alexander McQueen gown and the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, with dapper Prince William by her side.
For Kate's first glamorous engagement since returning from maternity leave, she definitely didn't hold back! She dazzled in a number by her go-to designer British designer, which boasted a flattering cap sleeve, gathered bodice and mermaid-style skirt. She accessorized with the stunning tiara, pairing the jewel with Queen Alexandra's Wedding Parure necklace – a gift from Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, ahead of their wedding in 1863. She also paired her late mother-in-law's favourite tiara with Princess Diana's Collingwood pearl earrings.
Queen Máxima was also a vision at the highly anticipated affair, dazzling in an ombré blue strapless gown with a sheer cape covering her shoulders. The Dutch royal opted to top her outfit off with the beautiful Stuart tiara, which houses the Stuart Diamond. The gem – which she wore in May for a state banquet in Luxembourg – dates all the way back to 1690, when it was bought by King William III and Queen Mary II. The group posed for an official photograph.
The Duchess of Cambridge has worn a tiara six times since becoming a member of the Royal Family in 2011, most notably on her wedding day, when she topped off her Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown with the Cartier Halo tiara (complete with nearly 1,000 diamonds!).
The 36-year-old has also slipped on the pearl-bedecked Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, a favourite of Princess Diana's and the piece she's worn most often to state and diplomatic banquets over the past few years. The duchess has also donned the Lotus Flower tiara, which originally belonged to the Queen Mother.