Though the British royal family owns a variety of glittering, bejeweled tiaras, royals themselves hardly take them off the shelf—unless it’s for a prestigious engagement. One such opportunity may soon be coming the Princess of Wales’s way.
Buckingham Palace announced today that King Charles III will be hosting the president of the Republic of Korea later this fall.
“The President of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Yoon Suk Yeol, accompanied by Mrs Kim Keon Hee, has accepted an invitation from His Majesty The King to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom in November,” the palace’s statement read. “The King and Queen will host the State Visit at Buckingham Palace.”
Traditionally, the British monarch throws a state banquet in honor of a visiting foreign leader. As the royal family’s website states: “Usually on the evening of the arrival day, the visitors will be hosted at a State Banquet, which is a very grand formal occasion held in the Buckingham Palace Ballroom. Around 150 guests are usually invited on the basis of their cultural, diplomatic or economic links to the country being hosted.”
State banquets are one of the rare occasions when female members of the royal family wear tiaras. In fact, one of the last times Kate wore a tiara was to attend the king’s first state banquet as monarch, in November 2022, at which he honored South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. For the dinner, Kate paired the Lover’s Knot Tiara (which features diamonds and drop pearls) with an ivory gown by Jenny Packham.
Though state banquets typically enforce a white-tie dress code that mandates headgear for female royals, it is not guaranteed that Kate will wear a tiara at the event for the Korean president.
Many royal fans hoped to see the princess wear a tiara for the king’s coronation this past May, since the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II featured many attending ladies in their own sparkling toppers. Kate, however, eschewed a tiara for a silver laurel fabric arrangement, created by Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen, instead.
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