Sport, acting and fashion royalty were among the guests at Queen Elizabeth's State Banquet last night in honour of Irish President Michael D. Higgins.
Brian O'Driscoll and wife Amy Huberman, Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, Terry Wogan, Fiona Shaw, Louise Kennedy and Philip Treacy were part of a select gathering invited to join the Queen and President Higgins at Her Majesty’s State Banquet at Windsor Castle yesterday (April 8).
The Queen wore her Diamond Jubilee Gown for the occasion which she first wore in 2012 for the official jubilee photo. The white silk and lace gown was designed by Angela Kelly.
Her tiara – the Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia’s tiara - bore droplets of emeralds, chosen specifically for the occasion. The Queen otherwise would wear pearls.
The 160 guests were served fillet of Isle of Gigha Halibut to start their meal, accompanied by young leeks and a fine herb sauce.
Their main course was tornadoes of Windsor beef with wild mushrooms and a water dress purée, served with purple sprouting broccoli, hollandaise sauce and a baked onion stuffed with parmesan and bulgar wheat.
Dessert was a vanilla ice cream bombe with a Balmoral redcurrant sauce.
All of which was accompanied by a range of fine French wines, champagne and port.
Guests sat at a long table, with 77 seats along each side and three at both the top and bottom of the table.