"This dress is maybe the worst Kate ever wore".
Her Alexander McQueen gown was a new piece for the duchess, who has been keeping a low profile in recent months since giving birth to her third child and allowing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to find their feet in their new roles.
After the regal brides of 2018, the Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie, surprised us by choosing tiaras that hadn't been seen in decades for their weddings, the Duchess of Cambridge has joined this rather exclusive club by wearing a necklace that has been hidden in the palace jewellery box for years.
"Normally I'm a fan of what Kate wears, but this is truly terrible". It was reportedly one of her favorites. "'What was she thinking".
As per protocol, female members of both the Dutch and British royal families donned ballgowns and tiaras for the event.
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The dress - made in a thick vintage-inspired fabric - featured a ruched bodycon fit on the torso and flared out in a fishtail style.
Its design was taken from a tiara owned by Mary's grandmother Princess Augusta of Hesse, known as the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.
Royal fans will know that state dinners are one of the few occasions when royalty are permitted to wear tiaras - Kate wore the Lover's Knot tiara which was one of Princess Diana's favourites, along with a necklace worn by the Queen mother, and a brooch featuring an image of the Queen with a yellow ribbon. The piece is originally from Queen Alexandra's collection - a gift from husband King Edward VII in honor of their 1863 wedding, according to From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault.