The royal makeover has begun: Kate Middleton wears Queen's diamonds
Fresh from a winter break in the Caribbean with her family, Kate Middleton is back in the royal spotlight.
A tanned Duchess of Cambridge was the guest of honour at a showing at the National Portrait Gallery in London last night, wearing the queen's jewels.
It was reported last month that the wife of Prince William was to be given a 'royal makeover', one which requires longer hemlines and diamond tiaras for official engagements.
And last night, Middleton wore a diamond necklace borrowed by the Queen, complemented by a navy blue Jenny Packham gown.
The Duchess is famous for her down-to-earth approach to both style and protocol, but is said to have understood the 'makeunder' is part of life in the royal fishbowl.
In another sign that she is adjusting to life in the spotlight is her decision not to sue for privacy invasion after pictures of her holding Prince George on holiday with her family in Mustique were published by Hello! magazine last week.
Royal sources said Kensington Palace had not objected to the pictures – in which the Duchess is groomed and smiling - because they were taken “in a public place, without any harassment or pursuit”, a source told the Telegraph.
The future princess was joined in Mustique by her sister Pippa Middleton and boyfriend Nico Jackson, as well as her brother James and parents Carole and Michael.
The Middletons holidayed at the same exclusive villa last year with Prince William, who was unable to make it this time around.