Danish State Visit to Britain, 1974

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh hosted Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark on their State Visit to Britain, which ended on this day in 1974. The Danish Royal Couple arrived in London on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog and were received by the Queen and British Royal Family in an Official Welcome Ceremony at Windsor Castle, where the Queen (wearing Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara and Order of the Elephant) and Duke of Edinburgh (in the Order of the Elephant) hosted a State Banquet in honour of Queen Margrethe (wearing the Pearl Poiré Tiara and the Royal Victorian Chain) and Prince Henrik (in the Royal Victorian Order) that evening.

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Other events included a Return Banquet hosted by Queen Margrethe (wearing the Alexandrine Drop Tiara, Queen Alexandrine’s Sapphire Parure and the Royal Victorian Chain) and Prince Henrik (in the Royal Victorian Order) for the British Royal Family, including the Queen (wearing the Vladimir Tiara and the Order of the Elephant) and Duke of Edinburgh (in the Order of the Elephant), at Claridge’s Hotel as well as the Anglo-Danish Society’s Jubilee Dinner and presenting Colours to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th (Volunteer) Battalions of The Queen’s Regiment at Armoury House. The Queen and Duke made a Return Visit to Denmark in 1979 (their first State Visit was in 1957), and the Danish Royal Couple made another State Visit to Britain in 2000.


One thought on “Danish State Visit to Britain, 1974

  1. Prince Philip looks pleased as punch to receive his cousin Queen Margrethe! The thing is that Queen Elizabeth is also her cousin through Queen Alexandra, so it’s no wonder that she wore her great grandmother’s most excellent Kokoshnik Diamond Tiara. Not only is it a glittering wall of diamonds, Queen Alexandra was a Danish princess. I read someplace that Queen Silvia of Sweden wore specific tiaras when she visited or met other royal ladies based on what she thought her counterparts would like to see. I think that’s probably true of other royal ladies. I’ll bet Queen Margrethe was chuffed to see that Queen Elizabeth had chosen to honor her Danish heritage by wearing Queen Alexandra’s kokoshnik. Smiles all around!

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