Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace 2019

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The Queen hosted the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on the evening of December 11th. The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also present. The glittering white tie affair is the the main ambassadorial social event of the year in London. In addition to ambassadors, high commissioners and their partners, around 600 foreign diplomats based in London were among the guests together with around 300 British diplomats and senior figures from commerce, education, broadcasting and the arts. Like the past few years, there was a rota photographer who took pictures from inside the event, a shock even after a surprise portrait two years ago, and the images from last year.

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The Queen wore a white Angela Kelly gown with the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, Greville Emerald Earrings, an Emerald Necklace (quite likely from the Greville Bequest), and the Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter with her Royal Family Orders. The Prince of Wales wore White Tie with knee-britches, the Garter, Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter, the Star of the Order of the Thistle, the Neck Badge of the Order of the Bath, his Medals, and other Insignia. The Duchess of Cornwall wore a cream Bruce Oldfield gown with the Greville Tiara, diamond Earrings, her 4-strand Pearl Choker with Queen Alexandra’s Antique Diamond Clasp, the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Sash and Star of the Royal Victorian Order.

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The Duke of Cambridge wore White Tie with knee-britches, the Garter, Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter, the Star of the Order of the Thistle, and his Medals. The Duchess of Cambridge wore navy velvet Alexander McQueen gown with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, the Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Drop Earrings, Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Sash and Star of the Royal Victorian Order.  Lady Susan Hussey (wearing the Waldegrave Tiara) was also present.

This is a preliminary post, and will be updated with more images and details as soon as they are available, so be sure to return soon.

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