Belgian State Visit to Britain, 1963

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The British Royal Family hosted King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium on their State Visit to Britain on this day in 1963, which was the last Belgian State Visit to date. The Royal Family greeted the Belgian Royal Couple at Victoria Station before a carriage procession through the streets of London to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen hosted a State Banquet that evening, which unfortunately wasn’t pictured.

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The following evening, the Queen (wearing Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara, the Coronation Necklace, and the Order of Leopold) and Duke of Edinburgh (in the Order of Leopold) joined King Baudouin (in the Order of the Garter) and Queen Fabiola (wearing the Nine Provinces Tiara and the Wolfers Necklace ) for a Gala Performance at Covent Garden, which was also attended by the Queen Mother (in the Greville Tiara and Greville Emerald Necklace), Princess Margaret (wearing the Poltimore Tiara and the Order of the Crown), Lord Snowdon (in the Order of the Crown), the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (in the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara), Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood (wearing the Harewood Scroll Tiara), and the Duchess of Northumberland (wearing a Diamond Tiara).

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On the final evening, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola (in the Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara and her Aquamarine Parure) hosted a Return Banquet at the Belgian Embassy in London, which was attended by the Queen (wearing her Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara and Brazilian Aquamarine Parure), Queen Mother (wearing the Oriental Circlet Tiara) and Princess Margaret (in her Turquoise Parure and the Order of the Crown) among other members of the Royal Family.

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