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Old 11-30-2011, 05:27 PM
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Am I right in thinking that increasingly there are fewer return banquets, and increasingly there are a lot more banquets at the Guildhall hosted by the Lord Mayor, and often have the Gloucesters in attendance?

The Lord Mayor's Banquet is a fairly standard 'fixture' in a State visit Muriel. So far as the 'return match' is concerned, yes, these do seem to be getting fewer and fewer, but it might be because recent state visits over the past few years have involved more 'smaller' and/or 'poorer' [for want of a better word] than larger ones. Usually, and remember that I do talk in generalisations, countries such as the US and Canada have the facilities and the money to entertain, and quite lavishly as well! I think in the past few years that the the most recent 'raising of eyebrows' over a 'failure' [if one can term it such, because there is abolutely NO requirement to host a 'return fixture'] to host a 'return match' was when President Sarkozy announced that he did not want to have a State visit of 'normal' duration, and trotted back off to La Belle France ASAP!!! He actually returned on the night that he would have been expected to host a return bash - over the years, the French Emabssy in London has been the venue of some pretty impressive formal parties. The talk in London at the time was that President Sarkozy's wife Carla [who had only recently married him, some say becuase of the impending State visit, as she did not want to attend as a 'mistress'] was still very uneasy about the formal side of her role as wife to the President, and therefore wanted to spend the minimum amount of time possible on the State Visit. Of course, I have no way of knowing whether this rumour was true or not.........

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Old 12-08-2011, 05:50 PM
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In the past 4 weeks alone she has represented the Royal Family with her husband at this event and at St. Paul's Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday as well as representing Prince Philip on her own at an official engagement in Italy. I just don't get why the Queen ask's her to do these things yet still dosn't give her the Family Order. Fingers crossed she will get it this jubilee year coming.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:51 PM
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If Princess Michael ever gets the Family Order, it will be a true miracle. By the way, the definition of "representing the Royal family" is quite different from you might think. Please, check the posts #74 and #76 in the following thread Prince and Princess Michael of Kent 6: July 2011-
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:15 PM
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At the end of the day it (the Royal Family Order) is in the Queen's personal gift and she dosn't have to justify to anyone why she has given it nor does the recipient have to explain why she has received it.
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Princess Michael attending the memorial service for the late Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, 30 March 2012.

Princess Michael of Kent

Wearing what appears to be a rather smart diamond and emerald clover leaf brooch.

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:20 PM
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Thanks for the photo!
Pearls are quite lovely.
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I love those huge pearl earrings and necklace; they look almost a blush color similar to her suit. And the brooch is just lovely; looks like there's nice detail in that.
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Yes but would two strands of, granted largeish, pearls have been commented on in the 1930's when every well bred lady had at least two strands of pearls? They may also have come from Queen Mary. In her later years she even softened and gave the Duke of Windsor pearls for his Duchess to wear.
Wow, that blew me over! Where did you learn this about Queen Mary , wymanda?
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The link shows the brooch in 2011 at Royal AScot. Scroll down to 3rd picture. PMK is wearing a lovely necklace to match

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Old 03-30-2012, 05:24 PM
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Very nice; thanks for the link, cepe. The necklace looks like it could be comprised of emerald beads along with the pearls.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:39 PM
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That's what I thought. I've got a similar necklace (lol) in design but freshwater pearls and jade beads. Not in the same league! I thought PMK jewellery in this link went well with the peppermint outfit. She is v elegant
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The brooch PM wore to the thanksgiving service at Windsor Castle today is not only beautiful and rarely worn by her but is also an important historical piece. It was a wedding gift to Princess Mary of Teck upon her marraige to the Duke of York in 1893 by Sir Frederick and Lady Milner and was eventually given by the future Queen Mary to her daughter-in-law Princess Marina who later bequethed it to her son Prince Michael. In the book, The Queen's Jewels, by Leslie Field the piece is described as, " a diamond three-leaf clover with a large central brilliant-cut diamond and an emerald set in the centre of each leaf".
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Where did you learn this about Queen Mary , wymanda?
The Royal Jewels by Suzy Menkes: "The lustrous natural pearl necklace was a final forgiving gift from Queen Mary to her eldest son. Wallis wore them...to the Duke's funeral in England in 1972."
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The Royal Jewels by Suzy Menkes: "The lustrous natural pearl necklace was a final forgiving gift from Queen Mary to her eldest son. Wallis wore them...to the Duke's funeral in England in 1972."
Thanks Warren...you really are the "info czar" when it comes to royal jewelry!
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Thanks for the information regarding the historic clover brooch, I thought it was a statement piece, and liked it on the neutral suit.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:56 PM
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The link shows the brooch in 2011 at Royal AScot. Scroll down to 3rd picture. PMK is wearing a lovely necklace to match

Mad Hattery! HRH Princess Michael of Kent

You're right, this necklace is wonderful! Thanks for the link!
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A photograph of Princess Elena wearing the diamond and pearl bandeau, which was a weeding gift to Marine and was later sold . It looks very pretty with this kind of hairstyle
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Princess Marina's diamond & pearl snake-design tiara/necklace and earrings.

Provenance of her mother, Princess Nicholas of Greece (now sold).
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I'm normally fan of snake design jewellery but Princess Marina's demi-parure is stunning; the craftsmanship is very delicate and elegant.
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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Tiara Thursday: The Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara interesting piece about the Diamond and Pearl tiara worn by the Duchess of Kent and Lady Helen Taylor (on her wedding day)
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