As a young woman, Princess Anne often accompanied her parents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, on foreign visits and tours. Today, we’ve got a look at a bejeweled ensemble worn by Anne during a visit to Austria in the 1960s.
In May 1969, Princess Anne joined the Queen and the Duke for her first foreign state visit. She had to delay her arrival in Austria slightly because she was ill, but she arrived in time to attend several events as a part of the six-day visit. On Thursday, May 8, the three attended a dinner in Vienna hosted by President Franz Jonas.
Here’s a look at the ensembles worn by the Queen and Princess Anne in color, showing that the Queen wore green and Anne wore white. The red and white sashes of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria stand out against their dresses. They’re also both wearing Royal Family Orders—the RFOs of King George V and King George VI for the Queen, and the RFO of Queen Elizabeth II for Anne.
(A quick note on the Queen’s jewels: she’s wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, her Diamond Festoon Necklace, the Greville Chandelier Earrings, the Dorset Bow Brooch, and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Bracelet.)
Anne kept her jewelry simple for the occasion—fitting, since the bodice of her dress included a complicated design and sparkling embellishments.
Her major accessory was Princess Andrew’s Meander Bandeau. The tiara, which features Greek key, laurel wreath, and anthemion designs, belonged to her grandmother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark (Princess Alice of Battenberg). At this point, Princess Alice was living with the British royal family at Buckingham Palace. It’s lovely to think that Alice got to see her granddaughter wearing the tiara during that time.
Anne chose not to wear earrings for the occasion, finishing off the look with a small floral brooch (used to secure her order sash) and a simple bracelet.