Princess of Wales movingly wears brooch showing portrait of late Queen Elizabeth II

The Princess of Wales and other female members of the Royal Family movingly wear brooches showing portrait of late Queen Elizabeth II at King Charles’s first state banquet on throne

  • The Princess of Wales went to yesterday’s state banquet with a yellow brooch
  • She was joined by the Queen Consort and the Countess of Wessex in wearing it
  • It is the Royal Family Order, an honour given to female royals close to the Queen
  • The item shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that’s pinned with a yellow ribbon

The Princess of Wales and other female members of the Royal Family paid a touching tribute to the late Queen at last night’s state banquet.

While Kate stunned onlookers with her white dress and sparkling tiara, many found their eyes drawn to a yellow brooch pinned on her chest.

The curious item of jewellery showed a portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth II wearing an evening dress with a ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter. 

The object was pinned below the Princess’s left shoulder with a yellow ribbon, with Camilla, Queen Consort, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, following suit.

The brooches are a sign that the wearer has been made a part of the Royal Family Order, an honour gifted to female members of the Firm by the monarch.

A total of 15 women were granted the honour by the late Queen, which is thought to have been first introduced by George IV in the 1800s as women in the royal court typically did not have the commemorative medals that men do.

The Princess of Wales wears the Royal Family Order at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace last night

The Princess of Wales wears the Royal Family Order at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace last night

The brooch features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and is pinned using a yellow ribbon

The brooch features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and is pinned using a yellow ribbon

Camilla, Queen Consort, was also seen wearing the Royal Family Order at the reception last night

Camilla, Queen Consort, was also seen wearing the Royal Family Order at the reception last night

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, also wore the brooch at the state banquet last night

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, also wore the brooch at the state banquet last night

The Queen herself was a recipient of the Royal Family Orders of her grandfather, King George V, and her father, King George VI.

Previous recipients of Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Family Order include The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.

There are seven living recipients: the Princess of Wales, the Queen Consort, the Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Honourable Lady Ogilvy.

There have been suggestions that King Charles will create his own order to replace his mother’s, although those who were made a part of Queen Elizabeth’s will still be able to wear the brooches if a new one is introduced.

The brooch was part of an eye-catching outfit worn by the Princess of Wales last night, as she took centre stage in King Charles’s first state banquet as monarch.

As members of the Royal Family arrived at the Palace last night, all eyes were drawn to the Princess of Wales, who stunned onlookers with her dazzling outfit topped off with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara.

The sparkling number once belonged to Princess Diana and it is now perhaps Kate’s most favoured piece of royal jewellery.

The tiara was made by Royal jeweller Garrard in 1914 to Queen Mary’s personal design, from pearls and diamonds already in her family’s possession.

It was a copy of one owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who married the first Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of King George III, in 1818.

In her will, Queen Mary left the tiara to the Queen who wore it frequently, including at an evening event in 1955.

The Princess of Wales raises a toast with Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, during last night's state banquet at Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales raises a toast with Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, during last night’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales accompanies a member of the South African delegation at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales accompanies a member of the South African delegation at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace

Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing the Lover's Knot Tiara

Kate Middleton wearing the Lover's Knot Tiara last night

Kate was seen wearing the Lover’s Knot Tiara last night (right), which was also a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales (left)

In 1981 she gave it as a wedding present to Prince William’s mother, Diana, who wore it for the first time at the state opening of parliament that November. Diana also wore the tiara in 1985 on an official visit to Washington with Prince Charles.

And since her death the glistening headpiece has been worn by the Princess of Wales; in October 2018, Kate wore the tiara to a state banquet along with a silvery blue taffeta gown by one of her go-to designers, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

She teamed it with Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl earrings and Queen Alexandra of Denmark’s wedding gift necklace, which was a favourite of the Queen Mother’s.

The Queen Mother wore the diamond and pearl sparkler on her 85th birthday in 1985 and during a formal appearance in 1964.

Camilla, the Queen Consort, was spotted wearing the George VI Sapphire Tiara, which used to belong to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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