Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet

Melania looked radiant in the white Dior gown at the Monday evening state banquet, while Kate, who is often praised as a style icon in the country, failed to impress in her ruffled outfit.
Melania Trump's U.K. state visit wardrobe has been a masterclass in chic, understated dressing. The First Lady has wowed us with every single one of her outfits since arriving at London's Stansted airport on Monday morning. From the Burberry pussy-bow blouse and navy skirt suit look Melania sported while stepping off the Air Force One jet to the sophisticated camel-toned Celine coat she picked for the trip to Downing Street with President Donald Trump, even her critics are finding it hard not to admire the 49-year-old's impeccable style. Especially after her Monday night state banquet ensemble which made it impossible not to whisper a silent "wow."
Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet
The U.S. First Lady arrived at Buckingham Palace on Monday night for the high-powered occasion dressed in an elegant white sleeveless Dior Haute Couture gown which perfectly accentuated her tall frame. The floor-length column gown featured a sheer neckline with flame-like detailing at the bust. Melania paired the tasteful outfit with white opera gloves and wore her hair in a chic up-do. The ivory shade Manolo Blahnik shoes she chose for the occasion were a perfect addition to her white tie dinner look.
Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet

The mother-of-one looked breathtaking in the chic ensemble, as she smiled for the cameras alongside her husband and Queen Elizabeth before the white tie dinner. Compared to the First Lady, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's look for the evening was rather underwhelming. The mother-of-three wore her go-to Lover's Knot tiara with a white ruffled dress designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton. According to a report by PEOPLE, she completed her outfit with the Queen Mother's sapphire and diamond fringe earrings.
Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet

Although the Duchess is pretty much a style icon in the country, her accessories were the only elements from the evening that wowed us. After all, they are royal jewels. The tiara, in particular, is a sure-shot winner as it was a favorite of the late Princess Diana. The stunning piece was crafted in 1914 and given to Princess Diana as a wedding present in 1981 when she tied the knot with the Prince of Wales. Unlike the iconic tiara, Kate's outfit failed to hit the mark as it sat shabbily on her frame.
Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet

On the other hand, the Duchess' look from the evening will be memorable for another reason. The banquet marked the first time the 37-year-old wore her Royal Victorian Order sash. According to Harper's Bazaar, the deep blue and gold sash signifies her appointment as a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which is the highest ranking of chivalry personally awarded by the Queen in gratitude for service to the sovereign. Kate was bestowed with the honor in April on her eighth wedding anniversary. She is the latest royal family member to earn the title, after Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who received her sash in 2012.
Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet

Duchess Camilla was also in attendance at the state banquet on Monday night, along with her husband Prince Charles. The 71-year-old outfit complimented that of the Queen, who wore an embellished, white, long-sleeve gown and gloves. Camilla's gown was of a similarly textured style with three-quarter length sleeves. The fact that the three royal women and the FLOTUS all chose white for the occasion gave was to speculation that perhaps a dress code was discreetly circulated.
Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet

However, speaking to Marie Claire, British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano stated that it was more likely coincidental than coordinated. "I agree it would appear as if there was an agreement that all the royal woman would wear white and Melania was advised to do the same, but I really think it is a coincidence. The royals often wear white to the state banquets and I wonder if this is partly to show off their sashes. Kate wore her blue sash tonight for the first time that symbolizes her role as a member of the Royal Victorian Order," said Castigliano. Coincidental or not, the First Lady sure did hold her own alongside the royals.
Melania Dressed In Magnificent Dior Dress Shades Duchess Kate Middleton At Buckingham Palace Banquet