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Duchess Kate 'to attend first state banquet' wearing glittering tiara

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She's perhaps one of the most photographed members of the British royal family, but the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton has only been pictured wearing a tiara twice in public. Royal fans are in for a treat, as it seems that Kate will don the fairy-tale accessory once again for a very important event in October.

Kate and her husband Prince William are expected to attend a state banquet to welcome China's president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan to the UK. The banquet, which will be held at Buckingham Palace, will be Kate's first.

For the lavish event, the Duchess will most likely wear a tiara in keeping with royal protocol.

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The Duchess of Cambridge famously wore the Cartier Halo Tiara for her wedding in 2011

Her attendance has not yet been confirmed, but it is widely believed that Kate and William will make an appearance. It was in fact William who invited the president to the UK when he visited China in March.

The visit was deemed a successful one and improved relationships between the Asian superpower and the British royal family.

According to a report in The Sunday Times, Prince Charles, who has never visited China before, will participate in the state visit. The first-in-line to the throne will attend the arrival lunch and receive the president and his wife at Horse Guards Parade, alongside the Queen and Prince Philip, but Charles will not attend the sit-down banquet.

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Prince William visited China in March where he met the president Xi Jinping 

Kate famously wore the Cartier Halo Tiara for her wedding in 2011, which she paired with her ethereal lace Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress.

Two years later in 2013 just before Christmas, Kate donned the Papyrus tiara at the Queen's annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. The tiara, which is also known as the Lotus Flower tiara, belonged to the Queen Mother and was originally a necklace.

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