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Duchess Kate looks regal for royal banquet with Chinese leaders

Duchess Kate dressed the part of royalty, looking absolutely regal in red and capping her upswept do with a diamond-studded crown.
/ Source: TODAY

Duchess Kate dressed the part of royalty Tuesday, looking absolutely regal in red with an upswept do and a diamond-studded tiara for a state dinner with the Chinese president.

The Duchess of Cambridge, President of China Xi Jinping and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.WPA Pool / Getty Images

The duchess dressed in a red cap-sleeved Jenny Packham dress for a welcome banquet Tuesday evening hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. The guests of honor were Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of the Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool /Getty Images)WPA Pool / Getty Images

Kate donned a diamond tiara headpiece, known as Lotus Flower, and wore matching drop earrings for the event. Both items were on loan from the queen. The jewels once belonged to the queen’s late mother.

The event marked the third time Kate has been seen wearing a tiara. She last borrowed baubles from the queen for another diplomatic reception back in 2013. She also wore a tiara for her wedding in 2011.

Duchess Kate, on her way to Buckingham PalaceJulian Parker / Getty Images Contributor

The duchess met again with the Chinese president and his wife the morning after the state dinner during a cultural event in London.