Wow. You just never see this kind of thing. HM's Diamond Jubilee Luncheon was the largest gathering of royals since the Queen's coronation (!!!!!!!!), and it proved to be a spectacular turnout. 24 Kings and Queens, an Emperor, a Grand Duke, a Sultan, eight princesses, an Emir and an Empress all arrived at the reception in honour of Elizabeth II's Jubilee. It was such a shame that so much attention was drawn on the King of Bahrain, BOO! But anyways, I thought the luncheon was a fascinating event in history, and it displayed the friendship between monarchs.
Queen Elizabeth did look lovely in that very pale blue outfit, as she was the star of the show, after all.
Also in blue was Princess Charlene of Monaco, and showing great etiquette, she curtseyed oh so low to HM- it's great to see such respect!
Much attention also focused on the Duchess of Cambridge, of course, and it was great to see her mingling with royalty- sort of a crash course in diplomatic friendliness! And it was also great to see the trio of young royals in action.
But look at this adorable couple- Emperor Hirohito and Empress Michiko were my favourite couple of the day, always smiling and gracious, the Empress stole the show with a wonderful kimono.
While we're on the topic of national dress, the wealthiest monarch in the world, the Sultan of Brunei showed up and his wife Raja Isteri Pengira Anak Hajah Saleha (what a mouthful) dazzled in a burst of spectacular colour.
And here we have the leading ladies. This event really highlighted the wonderful relationship the three reigning Queens share. It was great to see Queen Beatrice out and about, and she looked positively delighted to see Elizabeth! Also part of the exclusive queenie association is Queen Margrethe, and whilst looking quite plain in grey, it was great to see Prince Philip kissing her hand!
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie also showed up, looking quite lovely in those simple outfits- not overdoing it. It was so nice to see the young royals mixing it up with the reigning monarchs, something you almost never see. And the Queen of Bahrain- Yes she is following the customs of her country but, really- Black?! Oh my, she looks like one of the witches in Macbeth!
Talking about fashion uh......mishaps, Inkhosikati, one of the King of Swaziland's NUMEROUS wives, turned up in a racy outfit. In an outfit you expect to see at a strip club, and shoes for a 7-year old's slumber party, she did not impress.
But it certainly made me chuckle! Anyways, I shall be uploading pictures from the Prince of Wales' dinner later, so stay tuned!