24 June 2015

State Visit to Germany, Day 1

On Day 1 of their state visit to Germany, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were ceremonially welcomed with military honors by President Gauck at Bellevue Palace. The Queen met with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery and laid a wreath at Germany’s Central Memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship. In the afternoon, they attended the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Lecture at Berlin's University of Technology.
The state visit is off to a busy start, a day full of engagements and dubious official gifts (The Queen's reaction to a painting of a photograph of herself as a child on her pony with her father: "That's a funny color for a horse," and "Is that supposed to be my father?").
She picked the Multi-Color French Flower Brooch today, on the coat she wore to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (though it has a different, more twee hat now). We first saw this brooch during last year's state visit to France, when it was worn on the dress that goes with this coat.
We still don't know anything about this brooch, but I must agree with Her Maj that its subtle changes in color are a great match for the metallics in this outfit.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Day 1 is not over! We'll be back later with coverage of the state banquet.

Photos:via Getty Images and BBC video