06 June 2014

State Visit to France, State Banquet

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a State Banquet hosted by President Hollande at Élysée Palace.
Video: The Queen's speech, delivered in both French and English. (For those of you wondering, yes, she does speak French, and apparently declined a translator for the trip.) For more: Article from the Daily Mail, gallery from Zimbio.
One Queen Mum brooch for the day, one for the evening - and a rarely seen ruby number too. I confess I had a sliver of hope that she might go the full Queen Mother, if you will, and give us an outing of the Oriental Circlet with the Crown Rubies. But alas, it was not to be. Regardless, it was nice to see her stick to a white tie dress code with her French order and tiara, even as the banquet was black tie. She did it up right.

We even got to see the bar brooch she wore on her back to secure her sash, courtesy of a tweet from banquet attendee, chef Raymond Blanc:

Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Coronation Necklace and Earrings
Queen Mother's Ruby and Diamond Bouquet Brooch
Diamond Bar Brooch (on back)
National Order of the Legion of Honour (France), Riband and Star
Diamond Bracelet (unidentified)
Evening Watch (seen previously, but not posted in depth yet)

Photos:Chesnot/Getty Images and @raymond_blanc Twitter