The Queen hosted the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on the evening December 4th. The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also present. The glittering white tie affair is the the main ambassadorial social event of the year in London. In addition to ambassadors, high commissioners and their partners, around 600 foreign diplomats based in London were among the guests together with around 300 British diplomats and senior figures from commerce, education, broadcasting and the arts. Unlike previous years, there was a rota photographer who took pictures from inside the event, a shock even after a surprise portrait two years ago.
The Queen wore a white and gold gown with the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara, Diamond Earrings, Diamond Necklace, and the Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter with her Royal Family Orders. The Prince of Wales wore White Tie with knee-britches, the Garter, Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter, the Star of the Order of the Thistle, the Neck Badge of the Order of the Bath, his Medals, and other Insignia. The Duchess of Cornwall wore a white Bruce Oldfield gown with the Greville Tiara, Pear-Drop Pearl Earrings, her Pearl Choker with a large Diamond Clasp, Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Sash and Star of the Royal Victorian Order.
The Duke of Cambridge wore White Tie with knee-britches, the Garter, Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter, the Star of the Order of the Thistle, and his Medals. The Duchess of Cambridge wore Jenny Packham gown with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl Earrings, and the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.