Yellow accessory on Kate Middleton’s chest has a special meaning
Royal watchers spotted an unusual accessory on the Duchess of Cambridge's evening dress.
The Duchess and the Duke of Cambridge attended a state dinner at Buckingham Palace on October 23, 2018, to welcome the King and Queen of the Netherlands, reported The Mirror on October 24, 2018.
Duchess Kate wore a delightful pale blue Alexander McQueen formal gown with a diamond tiara, and a pearl and diamond necklace to match.
What seemed to "clash" with her lovely dress and her diamonds was a yellow ribbon decoration with a plain grass pendant.
A SURPRISING ACCESSORY CAUGHT ALL EYES
The unusual accessory is the Royal Order of Queen Elizabeth II. The Order is an honor bestowed only on female members of the British royal family by the Queen and is worn on formal occasions.
The Royal Family Order depicts a young Queen Elizabeth II in evening dress wearing the ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter.
An earlier version of the family order of Elizabeth II: a miniature of the young Queen surrounded by diamonds, with a diamond-embellished crown. pic.twitter.com/mzj0rLL3OY— Majesty/Joe Little (@MajestyMagazine) October 23, 2018
A BROOCH MADE OF GLASS AND DIAMONDS
Originally, the Queen's portrait was hand-painted on ivory but is now painted on glass. The portrait is bordered by diamonds and surmounted by a Tudor Crown in diamonds and red enamel.
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Other Members of The Royal Family accompanied The Queen at this evening’s State Banquet including The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent also attended. These visits, both outward and incoming, play an integral role in strengthening Britain's relationships with countries across the world. #NetherlandsStateVisit
A LOVELY YELLOW BOW TO HOLD THE ORDER
The Order is set on a yellow watered silk ribbon and is always pinned to the left shoulder of the honored recipient. The reverse of the medallion is in silver-gilt patterned with rays and St Edward's Crown in gold and enamel.
A PRESTIGIOUS LIST OF RECIPIENTS
The list of living Royals who have received the Order include Princess Alexandra of Kent, the Queen's cousin; Princess Royal Anne, her daughter; Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, her daughters-in-law; and in 2017 she attributed the order to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, her granddaughter-in-law and presumably future Queen of England.
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More pics of Kate tonight, courtesy of DM. There is a rose on the right shoulder of the dress, it is incredibly close fitting and the clutch features stone embellishment on a blush and silver case. #duchessofcambridge #statebanquet pic.twitter.com/3p80cS43QL— Victoria Howard (@TheRoyalExpert) October 23, 2018
WEARING THE ORDER TO HONOR THE ROYAL HOUSE OF THE NETHERLANDS
Duchess Kate wore her Order to honor Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands at a grand state banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
It is the first time the Dutch Royal family has paid an official visit to the United Kingdom in 35 years. and were warmly greeted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are good friends with the Royal couple.
Duchess Kate's glamorous ensemble paid a special tribute to the late Princess Diana. She wore her mother-in-law's Collingwood pearl earrings, with Queen Alexandra's wedding gift necklace.
In her dark hair, she wore the pearl and diamond Lovers Knot tiara. Not to be outdone, Queen Maxima wore a stunning diaphanous dark blue dress and the dazzling Stuart tiara.
The tiara which once belonged to King William III and Queen Mary II of England symbolizes the close relationship between the two Royal families since William III was the Prince of Orange - which is the Netherland's royal house.
On Wednesday morning the couple will be up bright and early as they are due to attend a breakfast given by the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation at Mansion House, alongside business representatives from both the UK and the Netherlands. The King and Queen will be accompanied by The Earl and Countess of Wessex.