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Royals dazzle at glittering diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Princess of Wales at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The King and Queen have led the royal family in welcoming ambassadors, high commissioners and other diplomats to Buckingham Palace for a glittering reception.

The white-tie event is held every year and sees more than 500 members of the Diplomatic Corps hosted in the palace’s state rooms.

Royal women traditionally wear tiaras and other jewellery pieces for the occasion – a highlight of the royal calendar in the run-up to Christmas – and royal watchers were not disappointed.

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The Queen, King, Prince and Princess of Wales in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace (Chris Jackson/PA)

Camilla wore the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara with a diamond brooch which belonged to the late Queen Mother and a diamond bracelet which belonged to the late Queen.

The tiara, worn by the late Queen in her accession photographs, was a wedding gift from her grandmother, Queen Mary, when Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.

Kate dazzled in the Lover’s Knot Tiara, a diamond and pearl-encrusted headpiece made in 1914, which was often worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.

It was given to Diana by the late Queen as a wedding gift in 1981.

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The Princess of Wales wore the Lover’s Knot Tiara (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Kate wore a sparkling pale pink dress by Jenny Packham with the Royal Family Order and Greville diamond chandelier earrings.

Camilla wore a cream embroidered evening gown by Fiona Clare with a Garter sash and star, in family order.

The gathering was the first time senior members of the monarchy had been seen together since the publication of author Omid Scobie’s book Endgame, which has sparked a race row.

The Dutch edition of the book named two members of the monarchy who it alleged raised “concerns” during family discussions about how dark the skin of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son might be before he was born.

Many national newspapers followed the lead of broadcaster Piers Morgan who named the two royal figures on his TalkTV show last week.

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The King and Queen greeted guests at the evening reception (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The diplomatic reception is usually held every December, but there was a pause in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.

The reception traditionally includes a buffet supper and dancing.