Kate Middleton Dazzles in Festive Red Gown and Princess Diana's Tiara at Diplomatic Reception

Kate Middleton Dazzles in Festive Red Gown and Princess Diana's Tiara at Diplomatic Reception
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Kate Middleton makes one stunning lady in red.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family at tonight's annual Diplomatic Reception held in Buckingham Palace, and we couldn't take our eyes off of her festive ensemble. For the prestigious occasion, the Duchess wowed in a sparkling floor-length custom Jenny Packham gown that felt perfectly appropriate for the holiday season. And while the bold color of her dress—which she previously wore for her first state banquet last year—initally grabbed our attention, it was her dazzling crown that had us talking.

The headpiece donned by Her Royal Highness was given to Prince William's late mother, Princess Diana, by the Queen on her wedding day to Prince Charles. Called the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, it was worn by the Princess of Wales on a multitude of occasions and is made up of 19 diamond frames with a large pearl drop in each. And in case you're counting, this is only the fifth time that Middleton has been seen in a tiara. She further accessorized her stunning outfit with a pair of statement earrings and a pretty diamond bracelet.

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