Commonwealth Leaders’ Banquet at Buckingham Palace, 1969

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The Queen (glittering in Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara and her Brazilian Aquamarine Parure) hosts a Banquet for her Commonwealth Leaders at Buckingham Palace on this day in 1969. The Commonwealth leaders were in London to attend the 1969 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference at Marlborough House, the last before it was changed into the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in 1971.

Front row from left to right: Dawda Jawara of Gambia, Hastings Banda of Malawi, Harold Wilson of United Kingdom, Tunku Abdul Rahman of Malaysia, Queen Elizabeth II, Makarios III of Cyprus, Keith Holyoake of New Zealand, Siaka Stevens of Sierra Leone and John Gorton of Australia. Second row from left to right: Arshad Husain of Pakistan, Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria, George Borg Olivier of Malta, Indira Gandhi of India, Dudley Senanayake of Ceylon, Milton Obote of Uganda, Pierre Trudeau of Canada, John Willie Kofi Harlley of Ghana, Hugh Shearer of Jamaica and Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Third row from left: Seewoosagur Ramgoolam of Mauritius, Prince Sozisa Dlamini of Swaziland, Leabua Jonathan of Lesotho, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, James Gichuru of Kenya and Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago. Top row from left to right: Seretse Khama of Botswana, Errol Barrow of Barbados and Forbes Burnham of Guyana.

The Queen was joined by members of the Royal Family, including the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Mother (wearing the Greville Tiara), Prince of Wales, Princess Anne (in the Halo Scroll Tiara and her Festoon Necklace), Princess Margaret (wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara), and Lord Mountbatten for the subsequent Banquet.


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