It’s tiara time!
Queen Elizabeth showed off magnificent jewelry as she hosted a special evening for the visiting Colombian President on Tuesday.
The Queen was joined by Prince Philip and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for the grand affair at Buckingham Palace to cap off the the first full day of President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos’ official visit. The couple is staying at Buckingham Palace for a few days, as they mix diplomacy with the pomp and ceremony typical of a royal welcome.
Charles and Camilla visited Colombia two years ago, so they were on hand to help host the couple.
The Queen stunned in a sapphire and diamond tiara, which was purchased in the ’60s. She also wore a necklace and earrings that were wedding gifts from her parents.
In October, President Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to help halt the civil war in his country. And he brought a symbol of peace among his gifts. He gave Prince Philip a pen made from a recycled bullet, which is meant to symbolize the peace process.
Earlier in the day, at the official welcome on Horse Guards Parade, Prince Philip, 95, led the visiting head of state along an inspection of the guard of honor made up the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and 200 horses of the Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Horse Guards.