21 April 2014

Birthday Jewels: Queen Elizabeth II

It's that time of year again -- one of the two birthdays of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (and various other places, too!). Today is the real McCoy: her genuine birthday, not the "official one" celebrated with a military parade when the weather's nicer. To mark 88 years of royal excellence, let's enjoy a rundown of the jewelry she's worn at state banquets over the past decade. Which of her pieces of jewelry is your favorite?

09 Apr 2014: State Banquet at Windsor Castle for the President of Ireland



05 Nov 2013: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President of South Korea



31 Oct 2012: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President of Indonesia



22 Nov 2011: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President of Turkey



24 May 2011: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President of the United States



19 May 2011: State Banquet at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland



26 Oct 2010: State Banquet at Windsor Castle for the Emir of Qatar



03 Mar 2010: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President of South Africa



27 Oct 2009: State Banquet at Windsor Castle for the President of India

23 Oct 2008: State Banquet in Bratislava, Slovak Republic

21 Oct 2008: State Banquet at Brdo Castle in Slovenia



13 May 2008: State Banquet in Ankara, Turkey



26 Mar 2008: State Banquet at Windsor Castle for the President of France 



30 Oct 2007: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the King of Saudi Arabia



07 May 2007: State Dinner at the White House in Washington, D.C.



13 Mar 2007: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President of Ghana



19 Oct 2006: State Banquet in Talinn, Estonia



17 Oct 2006: State Banquet in Vilnius, Lithuania

07 Mar 2006: State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President of Brazil



23 Nov 2005: State Banquet in Valletta, Malta



02 Nov 2004: State Banquet in Berlin, Germany

05 Apr 2004: State Banquet in Paris, France