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The Duchess of Cornwall sparkles in diamond-encrusted tiara at Buckingham Palace ball

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The Duchess of Cornwall dazzled in a stunning diamond-encrusted tiara at a Buckingham Palace ball on Tuesday evening. Royal watchers believe that the Duchess' sparkling headpiece was her family’s Cubitt-Shand tiara – the same one worn by Camilla to her first wedding to Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. Her daughter, Laura, also wore the family jewellery at her 2006 wedding to Harry Lopes.

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The Duchess of Cornwall wore a stunning diamond-encrusted tiara to Buckingham Palace

Camilla teamed the tiara – understood to be a legacy of the Duchess' maternal grandmother Sonia Rosemary Cubitt, Baroness Ashcombe – with diamond earrings and a four-string pearl necklace at the reception for members of the diplomatic corps.The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were the hosts of the evening, according to the Royal Diary. Camilla was pictured arriving at the Palace alongside Prince Charles, who was dressed in a suit with medals adorning his jacket.

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Camilla and Prince Charles enter Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening

Earlier on Tuesday, the Prince of Wales made royal history by opening a new academy aimed at inspiring the broadcasters of tomorrow, by unveiling an electronic plaque. He launched the Sky Academy Careers Lab at the west London campus of the broadcaster Sky in Osterley. The electronic plaque appeared on a screen seconds after the heir to the throne, who was joined by his wife, touched a tablet screen.

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Camilla wore her family’s Cubitt-Shand tiara to her first wedding in 1973

During their tour of the campus, the Duchess could not resist trying her hand at controlling the robot cameras when the pair visited the Sky Sports News HQ studio. The royal couple split up to watch groups of children working in mini news studios with the pupils acting as cameramen, presenters, directors and producers. In another part of the campus the Duchess was shown an interactive wall that featured scenes from various departments at Sky.