Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh went on an Official Visit to Paris on this day in 1948, 75 years ago, which was their first Official Visit abroad after their Wedding, celebrating the Entente Cordiale after the Second World War. The first Royal Visit to Paris since the landmark Royal Visit of 1939, this visit in 1948 was followed by the Queen’s State Visits to France in 1957, 1972, 1992, 2004, and 2014.
Princess Elizabeth, who was pregnant with the now King Charles, and the Duke of Edinburgh began their visit at the Élysée Palace where they were received by President Vincent Auriol, followed by a review of the troops at the Arc de Triomphe and the laying of the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In the evening, President Vincent Auriol hosted a State Banquet in honour of Princess Elizabeth (wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara and the South African Diamond Necklace) and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Élysée Palace.
The following day, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke presided over the Opening of the exhibition “Eight Centuries of British Life” at the Galliera Museum in Paris, followed by a boat ride on the Seine and a Reception at the Lauzun Hotel.
In the evening, Princess Elizabeth (wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara, Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace, and Queen Mary’s Diamond Stomacher) and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a spectacular Gala Performance at the Opéra Garnier in Paris, which was also attended by the Duke’s cousin, Princess Eugenie of Greece.
The following day, the Princess and the Duke attended a Service at the Anglican Church in Rue d’Aguesseau, followed by a visit to the Longchamp Racecourse and a Lunch at the Canadian Embassy. In the evening, the couple had Dinner at the Tour d’Argent Restaurant followed by a visit to the Chez Carrere Nightclub in the Rue Pierre Charron.