French State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, 1960

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British Royal family watch fireworks with President and Madame de Gaulle on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the French State Banquet in 1960. Pictured are: Princess Alexandra of Kent (wearing the Kent Circles Tiara), the Duchess of Kent,(wearing her Pearl Festoon Tiara), the Queen Mother (wearing the base of her Crown), President de Gaulle, the Duchess of Gloucester (wearing her Turquoise Tiara), Queen Elisabeth II (wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara), Lady Patricia Ramsay (in her Diamond Tiara), The Earl of Snowdon, Princess Margaret (wearing Marie Feodorovna’s Sapphire Bandeau), Madame de Gaulle, the Duke of Edinburgh. My favourite quote from this Banquet is:

Once, as the famed French President General Charles de Gaulle and his wife Yvonne were having dinner at Buckingham Palace shortly before the end of his tenure, somebody asked Madame de Gaulle what she was most looking forward to after her retirement. Madame de Gaulle answered, in a strong French accent: “A penis!” Blank stares. Until the Queen rescued the situation by translating: “Ah, happiness.”

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