It has been a wonderfully historical week for our nation and others. Here is a collection of Saturday Smiles The Greatest Celebration.
The week began with a state dinner at Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, hosted President Trump as well as other visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
The Queen wore her Burmese Ruby Tiara. It is a truly dazzling tiara that she designed herself back in 1973. She was given 96 rubies from the people of Burma as a wedding gift, Rubies are believed to protect wearers from illness. The tiara was crafted by the House of Garrard. It is made from both gold and silver and features a rose design. She paired the tiara with hugely historic gems, Queen Victoria’s Crown-Ruby earrings, and necklace.
Her Majesty also wore three large diamond brooches. One represented the Coldstream Guards, which is the oldest regular regiment in the British Army. She also wore a badge with an image of her father, King George V, in military uniform.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, also sparkled. Her dress was by Alexander McQueen and she wore a favorite tiara of Princess Diana’, The Lovers Knot. This story covers What Kate Wore as well as the other attendees.
Saturday Smiles The Greatest Celebration
The banquet was held at Buckingham Palace palace’s ballroom. The planning begins a year in advance. The set up takes a full 24 hours.
To truly take in the magic of the room as well as to see the Queen’s tiara spectacularly sparkle this 14-minute video is fantastic.
Watch LIVE as Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace as part of their three-day visit to the UK.
Posted by The Telegraph on Monday, June 3, 2019
The Greatest Generation
The gathering of the heads of state and other dignitaries was to mark the 75th Anniversary of D Day. The Allies of World War II began planning the Normandy Invasion two years prior to the landing which occurred on June 6, 1944. It would become the biggest invasion by sea in history. It also marked the crucial turning point in ending this devastating war. The sacrifice for freedom was great as 4,413 men, many just teenagers, lost their lives during this mission.
The veterans who are still living are now in their mid to upper 90’s. Which gives pause to consider if this will be the last major milestone in which they will attend.
Queen Elizabeth is the only remaining living head of state in the world who served in WWII.
She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service at just 18 and trained as a truck mechanic and driver.
A tribute was held in Portsmouth, England. It was the primary departure point for the Allied troops as they crossed the English Channel to Normandy. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and well worth the hour and a half it takes to view it.
Tears were streaming down my face several times during the ceremony. I sobbed when French President Emmanuel Macron read from a letter sent by a young resistance fighter, Henri Fertet, to his mother before he was executed at the age of 16 years old. Sixteen! “I am going to die for my country. I want France to be free and the French to be happy,” it said.
Directly afterward a series of reenactments occurred. They included various naval and aquatic vessels, a historical fly past, and numerous commemorative parachute drops over the fields of France. Several veterans spent six months training for the event. Including 97-year-old Tom Rice.
Many special events (scroll down in the post) were held in both England and in France for the veterans.
Prince Harry truly is his mother’s son.
For those wishing for a recap of the ceremonies and tributes, this is an excellent article that provides numerous photos and links.
More glorious photos of the week’s ceremonies and tributes can be seen HERE.
I am forever grateful for the sacrifices made for our enduring freedom.
God bless America!
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