08 June 2015

Flashback: German State Visits in the 1970s

There were two state visits between the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the United Kingdom in the 1970s. This flashback will focus on the tiara aspects of those two visits, because we have our priorities straight.

In October 1972, President Heinemann came to the U.K. for a state visit that featured a state banquet at Windsor Castle. With some peekaboo embellished panels on her skirt, The Queen welcomed her guest in pearls and diamonds:
Jewel Tally:
Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Pearls
Duchess of Gloucester's Pendant Earrings
Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace
Kensington Bow Brooch
As with other appearances here, she also wears the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and her Royal Family Orders, plus a diamond evening watch.

In May 1978, The Queen paid another state visit to Germany, and like her visit thirteen years earlier, this one was packed with tiaras. Four tiara evenings, starting with one that echoed her pearl and diamond suite from the incoming visit above:

A blue dress was accompanied by some of her early presents of serious diamonds:

Peach and gold and more diamonds:

And lastly, there was yellow with a mix of pearls and diamonds:
An extra plane just for the jewels? No problem!

Photos: via Getty Images