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Kate Middleton Is a Vision in White at First Banquet as Princess of Wales

Everyone please rise for the one and only Kate Middleton, who just made her grand debut as the Princess of Wales.

Today, the royal attended a special state banquet at Buckingham Palace for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. While she has done a few solo appearances since King Charles ascended the throne, this marked her first official event as the Princess of Wales.

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Princess Catherine wore a stunning white gown by Jenny Packham, which featured cape-like sleeves and bejeweled shoulders. She accessorized the striking dress with a familiar headpiece: Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara. The piece holds a special meaning to the royal family because it was one of Princess Diana’s favorite tiaras.

The Princess of Wales also wore earrings that previously belonged to her late mother-in-law, along with a bracelet from Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry collection.

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The appearance came just a few hours after she and her husband, Prince William, joined a procession for Ramaphosa.

During the outing, Princess Catherine wore a stunning magenta outfit that seemingly paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth (who often wore monochrome ensembles). The coat dress was designed by Emilia Wickstead and featured long sleeves, a belted waist and a pleated skirt. The princess accessorized with a matching pillbox hat, a clutch and pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

Shout-out to Princess Catherine for stealing the show in the best way possible.

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