I have found this picture on Alamy website, with the following caption:
"Nov. 03, 1963 - The State opening of Parliament - Today, H.M. Queen Elizabeth formally opened new Parliament, reading the opening speech from the Throne in the House of Lords. Photo Shows: During the opening ceremony Lord Snowdon turns to exchange a word with the Royal Ladies seated behind him, L to R: Princess Margaret, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Marina. AM/Bippa (Credit Image: Keystone Pictures USA/ZUMAPRESS)"
As a preliminary comment, I am sceptical about the above mentioned date of 1963, because the 1963 State Opening of Parliament was one of the only two Parliament Opening ceremonies which was held in absence of Queen Elizabeth II, who was by then pregnant with Prince Edward. Yet the caption reads that "Today, H.M. Queen Elizabeth formally opened new Parliament, reading the opening speech from the Throne...". So I think it could be actually a picture of the 1964 State Opening of Parliament, because on other pictures of the 1964 ceremony, the royal ladies pictured above all wore the same tiaras.
Anyway, my main question is about the 5th lady from the top. She is wearing a tiara which looks strikingly similar to the Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara (which was frequently worn by Princess Margaret in the 1950s, and later by Princess Anne in the late 1960s and 1970s, and eventually by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day in April 2011).
Does anyone know who this lady is? Could it be Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone? (like the lady pictured above, Princess Alice was several times pictured wearing on her shoulder the insignia in the shape of a Maltese cross of the Order of Saint John, hence this suggestion).
And do you think she is wearing the Halo Tiara?
By the way, does anyone know who is the 4th lady from the top. Princess Alexandra of Kent with her floral tiara?
Thanks in advance for your information!
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