Kate Middleton stuns in sparkling white bridal gown for historical State Banquet

The royal family gathered for the first State Banquet of King Charles’ reign, with Kate Middleton wowing fans in a Jenny Packham bridal gown

Catherine, Princess of Wales wears a white bridal style Jenny Packham gown during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England.
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Kate Middleton wowed royal fans with her glamorous State Banquet look, as she wore a floor-length white gown and paid subtle tribute to Princess Diana with her choice of tiara.


King Charles marked a special milestone this week as he welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe to the UK and held the first State Banquet of his reign. The royal family arrived in all their finery, especially Kate Middleton, who opted for a white, bridal-style designer gown which she paired with some sentimental jewelry. 

Kate Middleton attended the white-tie event alongside Prince William, who also looked very dapper in a black suit. The mother of two wore a long white Jenny Packham gown, with silver, embellishment across the shoulders and an open-arm caped design.

Catherine, Princess of Wales wears a white, silver embellished Jenny Packham gown during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England.

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Over her gown, she wore the family order, the GCVO star and sash and accessorized her look with a number of poignant pieces of jewelry, including the Lover’s Knot tiara (opens in new tab)- which features pearls and diamond and was frequently worn by Princess Diana, notably in 1983 and 1985.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) attends a dinner at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, November 1985. She is wearing an evening dress by Murray Arbeid and the Queen Mary tiara.

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To match her tiara, Princess Kate also wore a pearl bracelet from Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry collection, after also wearing the late Monarch's famous Bahrain pearl earrings on Remembrance Sunday (opens in new tab).

Royal fans were blown away by Kate’s white ensemble, dubbing her ‘stunning’ as they raced to comment on a picture shared by British Vogue on Instagram, one commented, “😍woww Princess Catherine.”

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While another wrote, “She looks absolutely stunning. Her gown is incredible 😍” and a third added, “Absolutely flawless our future Queen.”

Kate wasn’t the only member of the family to earn a few compliments, the Queen Consort also wowed in a royal blue gown, with lace sleeves - which she matched to her diamond and sapphire tiara and matching necklace.