Kate Middleton wows in Jenny Packham and a diamond tiara at state banquet

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Duchess of Cambridge Dazzles at Buckingham Palace State Banquet

The Duchess of Cambridge attended her first state banquet this evening, and she looked completely dazzling, to say the least.

The royal mother of two wore a bespoke red gown by one of her favorite British designers, Jenny Packham, and donned a sparkling tiara for only the third time. The Duchess paired the Lotus Flower tiara with diamond chandelier earrings and two diamond bracelets, looking more magnificent than ever.



The Jenny Packham gown appears to have sequin detailing and intricate stitching, with a flowing pleated skirt. Kate wore her hair in a low chignon, the perfect way to show off the work of art that was her gown.

The event was held at Buckingham Palace in honor of the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Kate Middleton wows in Jenny Packham and a diamond tiara at state banquet
Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, President of China Xi Jinping, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of the Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Chinese President Xi Jinping listen as Queen Elizabeth II speaks at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, President of China Xi Jinping and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh listen to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of the Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II listen as Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
ALTERNATE CROP The Duchess of Cambridge as Queen Elizabeth II speaks at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge (and Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves Kensington Palace, for Buckingham Palace to attend a State Banquet to honour the State Visit by China's President Xi Jinping, on October 20, 2015 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives wearing a tiara made by Garrard London. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace to attend a State Banquet to honour the State Visit by China's President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace to attend a State Banquet to honour the State Visit by China's President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace to attend a State Banquet to honour the State Visit by China's President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a state banquet to honour the state visit by China's President, Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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The only other two times the Duchess has worn a tiara was on her wedding day as she married Prince William, and then for a Diplomatic Reception in 2013. Kate also chose the Lotus Flower tiara in 2013, and once belonging to the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, it was loaned to Kate for the evening by the Queen. Her dazzling bracelets are also from the Queen's vault of incredible jewels.

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Kate Middleton wows in Jenny Packham and a diamond tiara at state banquet

The Cartier tiara, worn on her wedding day to Prince William, and the matching earrings given to her by her parents.

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Her diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

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The Lotus Flower tiara, worn in 2013 to a Diplomatic Reception with Prince William.

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The ruby and diamond necklace and bracelet, which the Duchess wore to the Sun Military Awards in December 2011.

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A closer look at the necklace worn to the Sun Military Awards.

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The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, on loan from Queen Elizabeth II, worn while attending an event at the National Portrait Gallery.

Photo: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

The glittering diamond and emerald earrings with matching bracelet worn during the St. Andrews reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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The sparkling diamond fern brooch worn during the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, when the royal family touched down in New Zealand.

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These vibrant blue sparklers, borrowed from her mom, Carole Middleton, and worth nearly $20,000.

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The Lotus Flower Tiara, again for a state reception with the President of China, paired with two diamond bracelets -- one called The Wedding Gift, with geometric elements, and the second, which has also been worn as a necklace. All of Kate's jewels were borrowed from the royal vault.

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara, worn during a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, one of the late Princess of Wales's favorite tiaras.

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