03 March 2015

State Visit from Mexico, Welcome Ceremony and State Banquet

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed The President of the United Mexican States, Señor Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by Señora Angélica Rivera de Peña, at the beginning of his State Visit to the United Kingdom.
For more: Express article, Daily Mail photos, Zimbio gallery.
Well, isn't this a jolly start to the first state visit of the year? I think we have an official front runner for this year's favorite brooch competition now, with the paisley/palm leaf/whateva making its third appearance. Interestingly, though the brooch was in its standard position on her coat outside (above), when she moved inside, she switched it up:

Instead of going brooch-less (perish the thought!) she moved it over to the other side to avoid her dress decoration.
Engagement and Wedding Rings

Also getting in on the brooch game was The Duchess of Cornwall, who greeted the President and First Lady at the start of the day wearing her gorgeous pansy brooches, always a favorite for her when she wears purple outfits. (And you know I approve of that.)

And then: State Banquet time! The very best time, of course.


The Queen, along with other members of the Royal Family, gave a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for The President of the United Mexican States.

Diamonds and white, of course. But I do note that this is the first time since this blog began (2012) that we've seen Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara worn for a current event, and I did not think it had been that long.

Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara
Diamond Pear-Shaped Pendant Fringe Necklace
Grand Collar of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
Diamond Cluster Earrings
Baguette and Brilliant Bracelet
Evening Watch

Extra kudos to the First Lady, who looks absolutely fantastic (just as she did for the welcome ceremony).

UPDATE #1:
A few more photos from the banquet have come out.

Looks like we have the mysterious Diamond Cluster Earrings on The Queen. And below, you can juuuuust see that The Duchess of Cornwall appears to be wearing the Greville Tiara (no shock there). She is in her normal spot, right next to the President at the head table.

UPDATE #2:
Video of The Queen's speech!

You have to respect the wall of sparkle that is the Kokoshnik.
The video gives us a better view of Camilla, who is wearing her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her favorite pair of pearl earrings, and a back view of The Princess Royal, who appears to be wearing the Meander Tiara. You can also spot The Duchess of Gloucester, wearing red along one of the side tables, but not a good enough view to make out her tiara so far. (Per the Court Circular, the following members of the family were present in addition to Her Maj and the DoE: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of York, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent.)

Photos: via Getty Images as indicated, British Monarchy video