Sunday 22 October 2017

Kate Middleton stuns in Marchesa (and Princess Diana's tiara) for state dinner with Queen Letizia of Spain

Kate Middleton, left, Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Elizabeth of Britain, right at Buckingham Palace
Kate Middleton, left, Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Elizabeth of Britain, right at Buckingham Palace
Princess Diana wearing the same tiara to a visit by Spanish royals in 1986
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of the Spanish State Visit on July 12, 2017 in London, England. This is the first state visit by the current King Felipe and Queen Letizia, the last being in 1986 with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Spanish Queen Letizia listens as King Felipe VI gives a speech at the Palace of Westminster in central London on July 12, 2017
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Letizia of Spain pose for a group photograph before a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Letizia of Spain pose for a group photograph before a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Letizia of Spain pose for a group photograph before a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England
King Felipe VI of Spain inspects a guard of honour with Britain's Prince Philip during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade on July 12, 2017 in London, England
King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain visit the Palace of Westminster on July 12, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall greet King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain as they visit Clarence House in central London on July 12, 2017 in London, England

Laura Elston

The Duchess of Cambridge's Marchesa gown at the Spanish state banquet was hailed a triumph by her fashion followers.

Blogger "Duchess Kate" said the pale pink gown - with its daring neckline - marked a change to Kate's usual style but was a perfect princess dress.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of the Spanish State Visit on July 12, 2017 in London, England. This is the first state visit by the current King Felipe and Queen Letizia, the last being in 1986 with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of the Spanish State Visit on July 12, 2017 in London, England. This is the first state visit by the current King Felipe and Queen Letizia, the last being in 1986 with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

"Kate debuted a gorgeous new bespoke gown by Marchesa," they said on hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com.

"The bespoke pink lace design is quite different to the signature style we've seen the Duchess favour up to this point.

"It features distinctive flared cuffs, a plunging neckline and a v-neckline at the back. It's very much a gown perfect for a princess."

Kate's Closet described the outfit worn to the evening affair at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as "beautiful", while @KateMiddStyle tweeted: "Oh wow" and added: "Loving this pink colour Kate!"

Princess Diana wearing the same tiara to a visit by Spanish royals in 1986
Princess Diana wearing the same tiara to a visit by Spanish royals in 1986

Queen Leitiza's glittering off-the-shoulder gown by Felipe Varela was also praised for its regal red. Her Fleur de Lys "La Buena" diamond tiara was branded "spectacular".

Letizia's first outfit of the day - a sleek, elegant bespoke lemon coat and yellow dress, edged in lace was described as a "ray of sunshine" by queenletiziastyle.com.

"Queen Letizia was a ray of sunshine as she kicked off the tour in a yellow ensemble by her designer of choice, Felipe Varela," the fashion blogger wrote.

They added: "As British protocol dedicates for such stately occasions, Queen Letizia wore a hat and gloves in a matching tone."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Letizia of Spain pose for a group photograph before a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Letizia of Spain pose for a group photograph before a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England

The site said it was the first time the Queen had worn a "chapeau" since becoming Queen consort in June 2014. The bespoke headpiece was by Maria Nieto.

Letizia switched into a red Burberry coat dress to meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.

WhatKateWore.com cited Letizia's "sartorial diplomacy" for choosing the British fashion house.

The Burberry Buckle Detail Satin-Back Crepe Trench Dress featured buckle trimmed epaulettes and a belted waist.

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain visit the Palace of Westminster on July 12, 2017 in London, England
King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain visit the Palace of Westminster on July 12, 2017 in London, England

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