Swedish State Visit to Britain, 1954

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh welcomed his Aunt and Uncle, King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise of Sweden, at the start of their State Visit to Britain on this day in 1954, which was the first State Visit of her Reign. 

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On the first day, King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise of Sweden were welcomed by the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and members of the Royal Family on the River Thames, at a grand Official Welcome Ceremony, followed by a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace.

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While there were no pictures of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, the Royals were pictured at a Gala Performance at Covent Garden, hosted by the City of London in honour of King Gustaf VI Adolf (wearing the Order of the Garter) and Queen Louise of Sweden (in the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara and Order of the Seraphim), also attended by the Queen (wearing Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara, the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure, and the Order of the Seraphim), Duke of Edinburgh (in the Order of the Seraphim), Princess Margaret (wearing the Halo Scroll Tiara), the Duchess of Gloucester (in the Emerald Bandeau Tiara), the Princess Royal (wearing the Harewood Scroll Tiara), Princess Marie Louise (in the Cartier India Tiara), and Lady Patricia Ramsay (in her Diamond Tiara). The King and Queen returned to Britain for a Banquet the Royal Naval College in Greenwich in 1955, while the Queen and Duke paid a Return Visit in 1956.

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