02 March 2015

Gala Jewels: Mexican-British State Visits

This week, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh will welcome the President of Mexico to London for a state visit. The visit will include a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, so we can expect to see some significant glitter on display. In anticipation of Tuesday's events, let's have a look back at some of the jewels worn by HM during other state visits to and from Mexico during her reign, shall we?

1975: Wearing pearls and one of Queen Victoria's bow brooches during a visit to Mexico

1975: Posing with Prince Philip and President Echeverría while wearing the Coronation Necklace and Earrings, plus one of Queen Victoria's wheat ear brooches in her hair

1975: Wearing Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara, her antique diamond girandole earrings, diamond bracelets, and her diamond festoon necklace in Mexico

2009: Pearls and the Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch during the welcome ceremony for President Calderón

2009: At Buckingham Palace for the state banquet, wearing the Brazilian aquamarine parure with the Collar of the Order of the Aztec Empire and the star of the Order of the Garter

Which jewels do you hope to see Queen Elizabeth II and the other members of the royal family wearing as they welcome President Peña Nieto and First Lady Rivera to Buckingham Palace this week?