Queen’s Commonwealth Dinner at Buckingham Palace

The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and members of the Royal Family hosted the biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Dinner at Buckingham Palace on April 19th. Click HERE to take a look at the daytime proceedings, HERE to take a look at past CHOGMs, and HERE to take a look at the Commonwealth Forums.

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Before dinner the Queen and Prince of Wales hosted a drinks reception in the Blue Drawing Room, which was followed by Dinner in the Picture Gallery also attended by the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra and Princess Michael of Kent. The Queen and many Commonwealth gave speeches.

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The Queen wore a white evening gown with her Girls of Great Britain & Ireland TiaraGreville Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau NecklaceQueen Mary’s Ruby Cluster Earrings, and the Star of the Order of the Garter. The Prince of Wales wore Black Tie with his Medals, the neck badge of the Order of Merit, and the Star of the Order of the Garter.

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a pale blue Bruce Oldfield gown with her Greville TiaraPear Drop Diamond Demi-Parure, and the Star of the Royal Victorian Order and the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II. The Princess Royal wore a  gray gown with her Festoon Tiara, Festoon Necklace, diamond earrings, and diamond bow brooch. The Countess wore a Taťána Kovaříková gown with her Aquamarine Necklace Tiara, and her multi-gemstone parure.

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The Duke of Cambridge wore Black Tie with his Medals and the Star of the Order of the Garter and Prince Harry wore Black Tie with his Medals and the Neck Badge and Star of the Royal Victorian Order. The Duke of York wore Black Tie with his Medals and the Star of the Order of the Garter. Princess Beatrice wore the Needle & Thread ‘Climbing Blossom’ gown. Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Earl of Wessex wore Black Tie.

 The Duke of Gloucester wore Black Tie with his Medals, the Neck Badge of the Royal Victorian Order, and the Star of the Order of the Garter. The Duchess wore a blue gown with the Iveagh Tiara, two diamond rivieres, Queen Alexandra’s Pearl Pendant, and diamond clips. The Duke of Kent wore Black Tie with his Medals and the Star of the Order of the Garter. Princess Alexandra wore a white gown with the Ogilvy Tiara, pearl earrings, diamond choker, and diamond brooch. Princess Michael of Kent wore a pink gown the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara and a large two-strand pearl necklace.

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3 thoughts on “Queen’s Commonwealth Dinner at Buckingham Palace

  1. What a beautiful, sparkling evening! Not only was everyone looking splendid, it was very refreshing to see so many representatives of so many nations breaking bread together in harmony. I have a question regarding the second photo. Do you know who is the lady in the blue gown that is standing between the Queen and PM May? I know I’ve seen her before but her name escapes me. BTW, I love her gown!

    It’s was so nice to see the entire family supporting the Queen! I know Prince Charles wants to streamline things when he’s king, but I do hope he doesn’t limit royal appearances to his two sons and their wives only. I think he should include his brothers and sister too. What do you think?

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    1. That lady is Baroness Scotland, who is the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations!

      I do hope Prince Charles includes the extended family at glittering events, because there are all those seats that need to be filled at Banquets! I’m pretty sure his siblings will be full time working royals, and in the future we might see more of his nieces and nephew at special events, like the Dinner.

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