King Charles and Queen Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate have experienced their first state dinner following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
This November 22, the British royal family hosted South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife, First Lady Tshepo Motsepe, at Buckingham.
Buckingham has once again looked stunning on a night where all eyes were on Kate Middleton as she sported an incredible evening look.
Kate Middleton at the state banquet
After wearing a sober but elegant purple dress in the afternoon, Kate has given way to a beautiful wedding dress with a spectacular long white design made of elastic crepe, with rhinestones on the shoulders, opening in the back and cape. Specifically, it is a creation of designer Jenny Packham and is valued at over 5,000 euros.
The Princess of Wales has chosen to wear the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, a piece that Princess Diana wore on numerous occasions and has become one of her favorites. A jewel that has combined with Lady Di’s Collingwood pearl earrings and the necklace that was a wedding gift from Queen Alexandra of Denmark.
A well organized state dinner
The Ballroom of Buckingham Palace has looked elegant for the first state dinner after the pandemic. For this state banquet were more than 150 guests. Charles and Camilla presided at the head table arranged in the shape of a horseshoe. Depending on the importance and proximity to the sovereigns, the rest of the guests were seated.
Wonderful flowers and candelabras adorned the place. George IV’s gilded silverware of over 4,000 pieces has been polished, and each diner will have up to six different glasses at his disposal, for water, different types of wine, champagne and port. Of the menu, only the dessert is known, with which the palace chefs have wanted to make a nod to the protea, the national flower of South Africa. A delicious sweet that will be served with pastries, fresh fruit and coffee.
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