The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have just finished their 2-day visit to Austria. Click HERE for Day 1 and HERE for Day 2, so in honour of their visit, we are flashing back to the Queen’s State Visit to Austria in 1969, which was her first visit to the alpine nation.
The Queen, Duke, and Princess Anne were greeted by Austrian President Franz Jonas at Vienna Airport, and met dignitaries. Afterwards, the couple drove through the city of Vienna, and knocked over a photographer.
Later, the Queen and Duke met members of the Austrian Parliament. They also visited the Spanish Riding School, where the Queen was gifted two ponies, and they also watched a Horse show.
In the evening, Austrian President Franz Jonas hosted a glittering Gala Reception in honour of the Queen (wearing Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara with the Godman Necklace) and Duke of Edinburgh at the splendid Schonbrunn Palace.
On one of the evenings, the Queen (wearing the Vladimir Tiara and Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace) and Duke of Edinburgh attended a splendid Gala Performance at the State Opera House in Vienna.
On the final evening, the Queen (in the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara), Duke of Edinburgh, and Princess Anne (wearing Princess Andrew’s Meander Tiara) hosted a Return Banquet for the Austrian President and Government at the British Embassy in Vienna.