Kate Middleton praised for ‘ultimate revenge dress’ as she stands out in stunning sequin gown amid Endgame drama
The Royal Family put on a show of unity at the Diplomatic Corps Reception, with the Princess of Wales front and centre in a dazzling gown.
Kate Middleton and Prince William arrived at Buckingham Palace's annual reception to highlight the UK's diplomatic relations and the role of the monarchy within it, as they put on a united front after the ongoing "race row" as a result of Omid Scobie's Endgame book.
Kate, 41, stole the show in a sequined pink Jenny Packham gown, which she paired with the Lover's Knot tiara, which was a favourite of the late Princess Diana, and the Greville Chandelier earrings.
According to the Court Jeweller, the Lover's Knot is one of the oldest tiara's Kate has made use of, and was commissioned by Queen Mary in 1913. It was made using jewels from the Ladies of England Tiara, which was gifted to Queen Mary in July 1893.
Writing in the Daily Mail Liz Jones compared Kate's elegant look to Diana's iconic revenge dress: "It was the ultimate revenge dress. It signalled, as Diana’s Little Black Dress did at the Serpentine on the night Prince Charles confessed to adultery on national television, that Catherine will not be cowed.
"She will not go quietly into the night. (And, to be honest, why on earth should she?)," Liz wrote.
Elsewhere, InStyle noted that Kate used the lavish event to bring sustainability and re-wearability to the forefront, reusing the exact outfit (and accessories) that she had worn to the wedding of Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa back in November.
This is Kate's second big tiara moment of recent weeks, having previously worn the rarely-seen Strathmore Rose Tiara as she attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee.
During the state banquet, she paired the tiara with another gown from designer Jenny Packham, who has proved to be a favourite of the Princess's in recent years.
Along with offering a chance to show off Kate's sustainable style, Tuesday night's Diplomatic Corps was also the first public event at which William, Kate and the King and Queen would have been able to address the bombshell claims made in Omid Scobie's new book.
Endgame includes a number of claims about Kate, calling her "cold" and alleging that she works "part time", with the palace press office apparently covering up her low workload by saying she is "keen to learn".
The Dutch translation of the book also included names of two senior royals said to have made comments about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son Archie's skin tone before he was born.
Piers Morgan then named the royals' names during his TalkTV programme Uncensored on air and said he didn't believe "any racist comments were ever made by any of the Royal Family".
Sources have claimed that the Royals are in "no rush" to make a decision about how to respond, but when they do it will be "carefully considered," according to the Daily Mail.
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