Photos: Kate sparkles at Spanish state banquet

Senior members of the British Royal Family gathered at Buckingham Palace for a State Banquet to honour the King and Queen of Spain.

The evening was a lavish affair, with the Duchess of Cambridge drawing glances of admiration for her risque dress – and tiara which was once a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Guests at the Spanish state banquet gathered in the Buckingham Palace ballroom and went on to enjoy medallion of Scottish beef and truffles in a Madeira sauce.

Also on the menu was poached salmon trout and fennel in a white wine veloute sauce, and diners finished off with a tasty dark chocolate and raspberry dessert.

The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra provided unusual background music which included Coldplay and Adele’s theme song from James Bond film Skyfall.

Prince Harry was attending his first state banquet as he steps up his royal duties, while it is believed this could be Prince Philip’s last, as he looks forward to retirement.

The Queen appeared to acknowledge diplomatic difficulties with Spain over Gibraltar, admitting the two countries did not always see “eye to eye” on the affair. Earlier, King Felipe of Spain had told Parliament he expected both countries to overcome their “differences” and find a solution “acceptable to all involved”.

Other royals attending the banquet included Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Also present for the glittering occasion was Princess Anne and her husband, Timothy Laurence.