Japanese State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, 1971

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Japanese and British Royals pose for the cameras ahead a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace held in honour of the Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako’s State Visit to the UK on this day in 1971, which was the first Japanese State Visit to Britain after WWII, and the first visit by the Emperor since his Official Visit in 1921, when still the Crown Prince. From L-R; the Duke of Edinburgh (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum), the Duchess of Kent (wearing the Cambridge Sapphire Parure), the Queen Mother (wearing the Greville Tiara, the Prince of Wales (wearing the Order of the Chrysanthemum), Prince Richard of Gloucester, the Princess Royal (wearing the Halo Scroll Tiara), Empress Nagako of Japan (wearing the Meiji Scroll Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Emperor Hirohito of Japan (in the Order of the Garter), the Earl of Snowdon, Queen Elisabeth II (wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and the Order of the Chrysanthemum), Princess Margaret (wearing the Poltimore Tiara), Princess Alice Countess of Athlone (warring her Diamond Palmette Tiara), and Princess Alice Duchess of Gloucester (wearing her Honeysuckle Tiara).

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