March is quickly flying away, but before it goes, let’s chat about royal aquamarines one more time. Today, I’m highlighting a glittering aquamarine appearance from the Queen back in March 2009.
On March 30, 2009, the British royals welcomed Mexico’s presidential couple to London for a state visit. That evening, the royals hosted a grand state banquet in honor of President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace.
For the banquet, the Queen wore one of her signature white gala gowns with white gloves and silver accessories. She also wore the star of the Order of the Garter and the collar of the Order of the Aztec Eagle, her highest Mexican decoration. President Calderon wore the insignia of the Order of the Bath.
The Queen wore a grand suite of jewels set with diamonds and aquamarines for the occasion. The parure, which has evolved significantly over the years, consists of several jewelry pieces given to her by the people and government of Brazil. The set now includes a large tiara, a pair of earrings, a necklace, a bracelet, and a brooch.
On this occasion, she wore the entire set with the exception of the brooch. She also wore one of her diamond evening watches on her left wrist.
During the toasts, there was another astonishing royal jewel on display: the Cartier Indian Tiara, worn by the Duchess of Gloucester.