Why Princess Kate Chose to Wear Red for Her First State Banquet

10/20/2015 at 05:14 PM ET

Princess Kate was in full regal splendor when she arrived at her first state banquet Tuesday evening.

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Dressed in a sparkling red Jenny Packham gown with capped sleeves and a belted waist, the picture-perfect princess wore her long, dark locks in a classic updo, which was accessorized by diamond drop earrings and a stunning diamond tiara.

Known as the Lotus Flower, the beautiful pearl and diamond tiara headpiece dates back to Queen Elizabeth’s mother in the 1920s.

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“It is a very pretty, lightweight tiara,” expert Leslie Field, author of The Queen’s Jewels, tells PEOPLE about the Egyptian-style tiara, which was also previously owned and worn by the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret.

“It’s one of the only two she has worn,” Field continues. “She wore it for the diplomatic reception, which is a state occasion. It was worn by Princess Margaret when she was young and it has a youthful image. And it was originally the Queen Mother’s and she wore it as a young married woman as well.”

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And the delicate tiara is a royal rewear! Royal fans first got a glimpse of Kate in the crown jewel at a white-tie reception in December 2013. And of course first wore the sparkling headpiece to her 2011 wedding to Prince William.

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“This was not an occasion where Catherine should be the center of attention,” Field adds. “If she had worn a tiara she had never worn before the press would all want to know about that. Her role is secondary — this is Her Majesty and the president of China at an extremely important state visit. It was tactful of everyone to not try and take the spotlight.”

As for her stunning dress, Kate’s decision to wear red was no accident.

According to Elizabeth Emanuel, who co-designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress and currently designs under the Art of Being label, “red is very important as a statement in itself as it matches the color of the Chinese flag and it means good fortune.”

She adds, “It’s elegant and graceful, which shows off her figure as well. Even after her second child, you can see she has the most beautiful figure.”

From head to toe, Emanuel says Kate achieved the perfect style for the event.

“She’s a young woman and the capped sleeves are perfectly appropriate and scooped neckline is elegant,” she shares. “Her hair in a chignon is beautiful as well. She just looks absolutely right for the occasion — glamorous but not over the top.”

What do you think of Princess Kate’s latest style moment? Sound off below!
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— Erin Hill, with reporting by Simon Perry

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Mrs. B on

She’s absolutely beautiful.

Steph on

Come on, People. This is not the tiara Kate wore at her wedding.

robin on

She looks much more sophisticated and elegant with her hair up.

Kathie on

Beautiful piece. But she wore the Halo tiara for her wedding.

Alexandra on

The Duchess of Cambridge actually wore the Cartier Halo for her wedding….

sjs on

Girl crush! She is absolutely beautiful and ever so classy

Emily on

Gorgeous, simply stunning as always

Roseanne on

She is elegant, sophisticated and classy, and always looks like a lady! She is a beautiful young mother, and she dresses perfectly for her role! In jeans or in gowns and tiaras, her beauty shines through!

No offense, but some of these “celebrities” should take note! Here’s lesson 1: Less is more!! Cover up yourself and dress like ladies, please! We don’t want to see your boobs busting out! Just my opinion!

barbara clark on

People should actually recognize that William’s Princess IS …. PRINCESS CATHERINE…. why people continue to refer to her as Kate Middleton (maiden name) is beyond me. She has given birth to PRINCE GEORGE and PRINCESS Charlotte….let’s finally GET IT RIGHT…and she is gorgeous, intelligent, and she and Will have been together for 14 years….10 before they finally wed four years ago. Perfect Couple. But STOP referring to her as KATE MIDDLETON.
It’s insulting.

Lizzie21 on

Not taking the spotlight? Are you kidding me? While red may be a “chinese” color, it also demands attention…especially when the men wore dark colors and the other women wore subdued colors. Kate seemed to be seeking attention regardless of the tiara she wore. That’s OK with me but please don’t suggest she wasn’t trying to grab attention!

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