17 November 2015

Flashback: State Visit to Malta, State Banquet, 2005

Ten years ago, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh traveled to Malta to do just what they'll do again this month: attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and combine that with a state visit. The trip had plenty of sparkly moments, but the crown jewel (heh) of the 2005 trip came at the state dinner hosted by President Eddie Fenech Adami.

Behold! The glorious Oriental Circlet. To date, this is the only time The Queen has worn this diadem in public, a fact which makes me both glad (that she wore it at all) and ever so sad (because I love this one, and doesn't it look perfect on her?).

Made originally for Queen Victoria and designed by Prince Albert, the ruby tiara was one of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's signature jewels. But instead of wearing it just as her mother usually did, with Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Necklace and Earrings, The Queen gave it her own spin.
She paired the tiara with Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings, the Baring Ruby Necklace, and a diamond and ruby bracelet and ring in Malta. We have yet to see her reunite the Crown Rubies and the Oriental Circlet, although my fingers remain crossed.

Photos: via Getty Images