German State Visit to Britain, 1958 

The Queen and the British Royal Family hosted West German President Heuss on a State Visit to Britain on this day in 1958, which was the first German State Visit held since 1907, before the First and Second World Wars. The Queen made State Visits to Germany in 1965, 1978, 1987, 1992, 2004, and 2015, with the most recent British State Visit to Germany earlier this year.

The Queen and British Royal Family received President Heuss at Victoria Station in London, before a splendid procession back to Buckingham Palace, where a State Banquet was held by the Queen (likely wearing the Vladimir Tiara) that evening but not photographed.

The following evening, the Queen (wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, King George VI Festoon Necklace and the Greville Diamond Chandelier Earrings) and members of the Royal Family joined President Heuss for a Banquet hosted by the Foreign Office at Lancaster House in London. The Queen Mother (in the Greville Tiara and Greville Emerald Necklace), Duchess of Gloucester (wearing the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara), Duchess of Kent (in the Kent Festoon Tiara), Princess Mary (wearing the Harewood Scroll Tiara) and Princess Alexandra (in Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau) were also present.

President Heuss hosted a Return Banquet for the Queen (wearing the Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara) at the German Embassy in Belgrave Square in London, which was also attended by the Queen Mother (in the Oriental Circlet Tiara), Princess Margaret (wearing Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Sapphire Bandeau), Princess Marina (in the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara) and Princess Alexandra (in her Pearl and Diamond Necklace).


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