The Duchess of Cambridge shined in more ways than one at the Portrait Gala to benefit the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery.
It’s not a tiara, but it’s fabulously blingy nonetheless: Kate Middleton stepped out dripping in diamonds on loan from Queen Elizabeth at a charity fundraiser for the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery.
Kate loves to recycle her wardrobe, and tonight was no different as she stepped out in the midnight blue, off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham gown she previously wore to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner — but it was what was around her neck that stole the show.
The theme of the Portrait Gala was “a hint of glitter,” and Kate’s “hint” was more of a whack over the head: Queen Elizabeth’s Nizam of Hyderabad diamond necklace.
The double-drop pendant necklace was gifted to the Queen as a wedding gift by the Nizam of Hyderabad and features 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a chain of 38 brilliant-cut open-back collets in a design based on an English rose, according to the Royal Collection description.
Kate paired the dramatic piece with a pair of diamond earrings gifted to her by Prince Charles and her sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring.
The Duchess gave a short speech at the event, saying, “I just wanted to say how delighted I am to be here this evening to celebrate the fantastic work of The National Portrait Gallery.”
“The Gallery’s achievements are exceptional. They hold the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, and their unique and brilliant exhibitions never fail to inspire us all.”
“But, it is more than simply a world-renowned visitor’s attraction — the Gallery’s outreach and research programs makes it one of the leading centers for the important study into portraiture. I simply could not be more proud to be its patron.”
Like the last time she donned this gown, Prince William was not present at the event, choosing instead to maintain his focus on his agricultural studies at Cambridge and, hopefully, having guy’s night with Prince George.
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