Gala Performance at Covent Garden, 1950

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (wearing the Oriental Circlet Tiara and Queen Victoria’s Crown Ruby) host a glittering Gala Performance in honour of President Vincent Auriol and Madame Auriol at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on this day in 1950, during the French State Visit to Britain, reaffirming the Anglo-French alliance after the Second World War. This Gala Performance followed a similar Performance during the French State Visit to Britain in 1939.

Other Royal and Noble attendees included Princess Elizabeth (wearing the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara), the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (in the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara), the Duchess of Kent (wearing the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara), Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood (in her Fringe Tiara), Lady Patricia Ramsay (wearing her Diamond Tiara), the Earl and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (in her Diamond Palmette Tiara), Princess Marie Louise (in the Cartier Indian Tiara), the Marquess and Marchioness of Carisbrooke (wearing the Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara), the Duchess of Northumberland (in her Diamond Tiara), and the Countess Spencer (wearing the Spencer Honeysuckle Tiara).


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