Jewel-wise, this state visit included some specially selected pieces, and even a couple we have not yet covered here.
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She more than made up for a brooch-less start by basically doubling the size of her usual brooch selections for the state banquet. Queen Elizabeth's Lily Brooch is popularly referred to as a "foot-long" brooch, because, well, it's enormous! The brooch, which was made by Cartier for Queen Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother) in 1939, was positioned opposite her Royal Family Orders and Garter Star to hold South Africa's Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo. This banquet was the brooch's first (and to date, only) appearance since The Queen inherited it in 2002, and we haven't covered it in depth here yet.
Video: The state banquetAmong the tiaras to spot in this video: The Duchess of Cornwall in the Greville Tiara, with her Pear Drop Diamond Demi-Parure Earrings, her Royal Family Order, and an emerald necklace likely from Saudi Arabia (and not yet covered here).
The Queen donned one final significant selection to bid President Zuma farewell.
Tomorrow's the big day! The Queen has an engagement and they've released a new photo for the occasion, so we'll be all over that. Stay tuned...
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