Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Princess Kate is exquisite in bridal gown for tiara moment

This is a royal fashion moment not to be missed…

kate middleton white dress wearing a tiara
Laura Sutcliffe
Laura SutcliffeFashion and Beauty News Editor
Share this:

On Tuesday evening, the Princess of Wales stole the show at the state banquet held at Buckingham Palace in South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s honour.

MORE: 10 times Princess Kate dazzled in show-stopping tiaras

The banquet marks a significant milestone in Kate and William's royal career; it's their very first as the Prince and Princess of Wales – and royal fans were eagerly anticipating what Kate chose to wear. They were certainly not disappointed! The Princess always looks sensational, but this look was even more glamorous than usual.

WATCH: Princess Kate welcomes South African President

The 40-year-old donned the glittering Lover's Knot tiara which went perfectly with her jaw-dropping Jenny Packham 'Elspeth' dress which was white and came adorned with sequins.

MORE: 12 dazzling photos of the first time royal ladies wore a tiara

SHOP: Black Friday: The necklace Princess Kate wore is now 20% off

The style, which was from 2021, could be worn as a wedding dress - it even features on the Jenny Packham bridal Instagram account.

kate middleton wearing tiara state banquet© Photo: Getty Images

Kate looked show-stopping in her tiara and Jenny Packham gown

Kate also wore the Royal Family Order, and the GCVO Star and Sash.

Kate's dress:

white jenny packham dress worn by kate middleton

Elspeth Gown, £4,303.09, District 5 Boutique


Kate also wore a bracelet belonging to the Late Queen and earrings belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Get the cape look:

needle and thread cape dress

Floral Evermore midaxi cape, £360 Needle & Thread and Floral Evermore sequin gown, £545, Needle & Thread


The mother-of-three was out earlier that day and changed from her show-stopping outfit she donned in the morning.

You may also like:

reiss white dress

Nina cape one shoulder maxi dress, £180, Reiss


Whilst meeting the South African President, Kate looked immaculate for the poignant occasion, braving the chilly autumn weather in an elegant tailored coat from Emilia Wickstead.

kate middleton jenny packham bridal gown royal family order© Photo: Getty Images

Kate looked beyond dreamy in white

The royal's silhouette-skimming coat was crafted from rich burgundy wool, which she paired perfectly with sleek pointed-toe heels and the Princess of Wales' feather brooch - a royal heirloom gifted to the late Princess Diana when she married Prince Charles in 1981.

kate middleton burgundy coat© Photo: Getty Images

Kate wearing her burgundy coat by Emilia Wickstead

The brunette royal's enviable brunette tresses were styled in loose curls that framed her pretty features, cascading past her shoulders under a chic pillbox hat adorned with an oversized bow. Princess Kate highlighted her ageless glow with soft bronzer, subtle eye makeup and rosy blush.

NOW SEE: Sophie Wessex dazzles in understated gown and her most unique tiara

Kate carried one of her prized handbags - her Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch in 'Cranberry Suede'. Keeping in with the berry theme, she also added 'Gianvito 105' Royale Burgundy suede pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.

More Royal Style

See more