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Queen Consort Camilla wears Queen Elizabeth’s sapphire tiara at the state banquet: She ‘played the long game’

Camilla ushers in a new royal look as Queen Consort.

wife of king charles iii Attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and wore Queen Elizabeth II’s Belgian sapphire tiara. It is the 75-year-old’s first Tiara moment since her 74-year-old husband ascended the throne.

The dazzling piece was worn for Charles’ first state visit as king, when he welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK. The tiara was previously owned by Camilla’s mother-in-law, who wore it to Singapore in 1989 and the UK’s state visit to China in 2015.

Camilla paired the tiara with a matching royal blue lace evening gown by Bruce Oldfield. The look was completed with royal regalia – the Blue Order of the Garter sash and the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order star and sash. She also included the tiara’s coordinating necklace and bracelet. According to People magazine, she opted not to wear the specified earrings.

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Camilla, Queen Consort during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England.  It is the first state visit hosted by the UK for King Charles III as monarch, and the first by a South African leader since 2010.

Camilla, Queen Consort during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England. It is the first state visit hosted by the UK for King Charles III as monarch, and the first by a South African leader since 2010.
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The outlet noted that the entire set together has been identified as a King George VI Victorian suit. King George Gave it to his daughter, the then Princess Elizabeth, Tiara, necklace and earrings in a 1947 wedding look. The jewelry is believed to date back to the mid-1800s. A bracelet was added to the suite in the 60s.

Kate Middleton also lit up during the event as the new Princess of Wales. The 40-year-old wore her first tiara in nearly three years for the state banquet. She designed a stunning white gown with her go-to designer, Jenny Packham, as well as Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara, a favorite of Princess Diana’s.

The piece is more than a century old and was originally commissioned from the jeweler Garrard by Queen Mary between 1913 and 1914, the Court Jeweler reported. According to the outlet, it’s a replica of the crown once owned by Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, Duchess of Cambridge.

Middleton also wore her mother-in-law’s earrings, as well as a bracelet from the late Queen’s jewelry box. She completed her look with the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Family Order and the Royal Victorian Order star and sash.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England.

Catherine, Princess of Wales during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England.
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The Queen died on 8 September at the age of 96.

British author Andrew Morton, who recently wrote “The Queen: Her Life,” told Fox News Digital that Charles and his mother had become close towards the end of her life.

Kate Middleton wore her mother-in-law Princess Diana's favorite lover's knot tiara.

Kate Middleton wore her mother-in-law Princess Diana’s favorite lover’s knot tiara.
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“The issue has really been a Camilla issue,” he explained. “It put the Queen and Charles at loggerheads because of the Queen [initially] Felt that he should leave Camilla. And his advisors felt the same way. and that he was self-indulgent by being with someone who was clearly unpopular. But over the years, Camilla proved to be a strong partner for Charles, and the Queen recognized that. And once she allowed Charles to marry Camilla, I think the divide between them, that gap was closed. And they reconciled. And I think their mutual affection was obvious.”

Morton also noted that the Queen’s relationship with Camilla improved as they bonded over their two loves: dogs and horses.

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China's President Xi Jinping (R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (L) arrive for a state banquet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015 in London, England.  For the evening the queen is seen wearing a sapphire crown.

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (L) arrive for a state banquet with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015 in London, England. For the evening the queen is seen wearing a sapphire crown.
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“They are both country people,” he said. “Camilla was a mirror image of the Queen in that she enjoyed and went hunting. This is how she first got in touch with Charles during their marriage [to Diana]… She loves the grandchildren like a queen.”

Morton said he believes the biggest lesson the queen has given both Camilla and the Princess of Wales, who will someday become queen consort, is to “play the long game.”

“I think they both played the long game,” he explained. “Camilla definitely is. She… has been there. She [hasn’t] carried himself forward. She always supports King Charles… That’s been the Queen’s technique… Together [Kate], I think it has taken her a long time to know what a monarchy is and how to be a princess. I think she’s really coming into her own over the past year, from someone who was quite shy to someone who is really discovering her own interests, like early child development, photography and so on. She has become a real asset to the Royal Family.”

Morton famously worked with Diana On a book that rocked the monarchy in 1992. Today, he is stunned by how Camilla, whose relationship with Charles left his marriage to Diana in tatters, has become a favorite with the public.

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King Charles III and Queen consort Camilla during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England.  The couple married in 2005.

King Charles III and Queen consort Camilla during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England. The couple married in 2005.
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Since marrying Charles in 2005, Camilla has taken on roles in over 100 charities, focusing on a range of issues including promoting literacy, supporting victims of domestic violence and helping the elderly.

“In the end [the queen’s] The eldest son married a mistress, which is remarkable,” Morton said. “It shows you what a remarkable change both the monarchy and British society have undergone during the Queen’s reign. So when people say nothing ever changes, I’ll just show you the fact that the queen consort…is a former concubine.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.