Greek State Visit to France, 1956

King Paul, Queen Frederica, and Princess Sophia of Greece were received by French President Rene Coty at the start of their State Visit to France on this day in 1956, also being received by their aunt, Princess Marie of Greece, cousin, Princess Eugénie of Greece, Duchess of Castel Duino, and her daughter, Princess Tatiana Radziwiłł.

In the evening, the President (in the Order of the Redeemer) hosted a State Banquet in honour of King Paul, Queen Frederica (wearing the Greek Ruby Parure), and Princess Sophia (in the Prussian Diamond Tiara and the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia), which was also attended by Princess Marie (in her Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara) Princess Eugénie (wearing her Diamond Tiara and the Castel Duino Sapphire Necklace) and Princess Tatiana (wearing the Cartier Pearl Wreath Tiara).

The following evening, after visiting the Palace of Versailles, King Paul, Queen Frederica (wearing the Greek Emerald Parure), and Princess Sophia (in the Prussian Diamond Tiara) were guests of honour at a Banquet at the French Foreign Ministry on the Quai d’Orsay in Paris. This was the first State Visit for the 17-year old Princess Sophia who became the Queen of Spain.


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