Kate Middleton’s velvet gown is trending: Here is why

Kate Middleton's velvet gown is trending: Here is why

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Wednesday attended the annual Royal Diplomatic Reception at the Buckingham Palace with her husband Prince William.

The reception is one of the most anticipated annual Royal events hosted by the Queen.

It is attended by the members of the Diplomatic Corps based in London.

Wearing a floor-length velvet gown by Alexander McQueen, the Duchess had people talking about her outfit that was seen as a tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s Travolta Dress.

The iconic, dress which Princess Diana wore for dance with the Hollywood actor John Travolta in 1985 was recently brought back to the Buckingham Palace.

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More details from yesterday reception: The velvet navy dress by Alexander McQueen worn by the Duchess of Cambridge reminds me of the "Travolta Dress" worn by Princess Diana at the gala dinner at the White House in November 1985 during which she danced with the american actor John Travolta (for this reason it’s known with this name). She wore it again in 1987 during a tour in Germany (my pic) and in 1988 at the premiere of the film Wall Street in April 1988. The Duchess of Cambridge sparkled with the Queen’s Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace (worn also in 2014 by the Duchess), a wedding gift for the then-Princess Elizabeth from the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1947. She wore the Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Drop Earring but we have little informations about their origins. The Duchess completed her regal look with the Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara. Someone calls it “the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara” but they are two different Tiaras. In 1818 King George III’s son, the Duke of Cambridge, married Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel and one of her wedding presents was the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara. In 1858 Augusta passed the Tiara to her daughter, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Grand Duchess’s niece was Queen Mary who absolutely loved this Tiara but she didn’t inherit it because it passed to Grand Duchess’s granddaughter and then it was sold. But Queen Mary loved the Tiara so much that she decided to have a copy on her own collection. So the Queen’s Mary Lover’s Knot Tiara was done by Garrard in 1913, using diamonds and pearls taken from other jewelries. Initially it was also topped by a series of upright pearls (just like the original, the Cambridge Lover’s Knot), but lather has those removed. Queen Mary passed this Tiara to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth. . . #instaroyals #buckinghampalace #monarchy #royalstyle #royalfashion #princessdiana #dianaprincessofwales #ladydiana #dianaspencer #queenelizabeth #princesskate #hermajesty #queenelizabethii #duchesskate #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #hrh #futurequeen #royalhighness #royalfamilies #royalfamily #royals #britishroyals #catherinemiddleton #catherineduchessofcambridge

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The outfit was purchased for a hefty amount of $347,000 in an auction.

The velvet dress that Kate Middleton wore in the reception was strikingly similar to Diana’s “Travolta Dress.

While the iconic outfit featured an off-shoulder detailing, the duchess gown has a rather high-rise V neckline.

Kate complimented her look with a diamond necklace from the royal collection.

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