Kate Middleton she is a master of understated elegance. Skilled in showing off a moderation tinged with unbridled luxury, the Duchess of Cambridge enchanted an audience of international diplomats gathered in Buckingham Palace for the annual pre-Christmas reception organized by the queen Elizabeth II. The choice of the dress falls on Alexander McQueen, favorite of the Duchess: the silhouette is sinuous, with splendid long sleeves and a refined neckline that arches from the structured shoulders into an accentuated V. Velvet blaze, the dress culminates in a long skirt made of lights and shadows, with the fabric that unravels a blue palette, from dark navy to clear hints of Prussian blue.
This high fashion firmament is dotted with reflections and brilliance jewelry, with splendid creations of the treasure of the Crown. A diamond necklace set in a modest neckline, rings with precious stones, chandelier earrings and, above all, a magnificent tiara built in 1913 from jeweler Garrard for Queen Mary, based on an older version that belonged to Princess Augusta of Hesse, the queen's grandmother. With a workmanship that resembles a ribbon and its bows, the tiara is embellished with hanging pearls, each exposed in its diamond niche. An absolutely non-random choice: the precious was in fact a favorite of Lady Diana, who had often shown it off in his last real appearances.