21 June 2015

Flashback: State Visit to Germany, 1992 (Plus Another Current Event)

Our last German state visit flashback before this year's trip takes us back to 1992, when The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited President von Weizs├Ącker in October. The Queen certainly did dig some interesting pieces out of her vault for the evening events of this trip (which is where we'll be focusing), including a few that we have not yet covered.

First, the state banquet.
Along with such standard state banquet fare as Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara, the True Lover's Knot Brooch, and the Baguette and Brilliant Bracelet, Her Majesty selected the glittering Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure, a potential Saudi gift. As we've seen previously, she is also wearing the red, gold, and black Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

A second tiara event called for her favorite head ornament, the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. She must have been very sparkling that night, with her Greville Chandelier Earrings swinging and a solid cuff of diamonds around her neck. This curious necklace, from the Diamond and Gold Cuff Demi-Parure, is not often seen and not very much like The Queen's standard style.

Finally, a rare sight: The Queen wearing turquoise jewels!
Picking up on the turquoise embellishments on her Ian Thomas dress, The Queen wore the Jordan Turquoise Demi-Parure, a necklace and earrings given to her by King Hussein of Jordan featuring turquoise and sapphire stones. It is one of the few turquoise jewels she has worn publicly in her reign, her recent debut of the Turquoise and Diamond Brooch being another. We hardly ever see Her Majesty in evening combinations so bold these days, but I can only imagine she was dressing to be seen - even more than she usually does, that is - as this was a military tattoo event held in a large venue (she's also wearing a military badge on her shoulder).

Needless to say, if the upcoming visit brings us any selections this interesting, I'll be a happy camper.

In current news... The Queen was out and about again on Sunday, attending the Royal Windsor Cup polo tournament at the Guards Polo Club. She wore the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch with its pendant, and you can see pictures at the Daily Mail or Contact Music.

Photos: via Getty Images