Kate Middleton Wears Princess Diana’s Tiara in New Family Portrait with Prince William

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Even though she’s gone, Princess Diana is still clearly very near and dear to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

For this year’s annual diplomatic reception, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave a subtle nod to the People’s Princess as they were dressed to the nines to welcome ambassadors from the United Kingdom’s diplomatic communities to Buckingham Palace.

For the special occasion, Kate wore a red floor-length Jenny Packham gown — a number she previously wore to a China State Dinner — and the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara.

Gifted to Diana by the Queen as a wedding present in 1981, Kate’s glitzy headpiece perfectly matched her sapphire engagement ring from William, which belonged to Diana prior to her sudden death in 1997. Though the 34-year-old has been in the royal family for five years, this was only her fifth time wearing a tiara in public.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join The Queen and the Royal Family as they welcome the world’s Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the UK’s diplomatic community to Buckingham Palace for the annual Diplomatic Reception,” the palace wrote on Instagram alongside side a portrait of the couple.

The duo were joined by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, as well as William’s father Prince Charles and step-mother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

“Time makes it easier,” William said earlier this year in regards to dealing with the loss of his mom at a young age. “I still miss my mother every day — and it’s 20 years after she died.”