- The royal family has welcomed the Trumps to the United Kingdom this week, with the Queen hosting a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
- According to a press release from jeweler the House of Garrard, Queen Elizabeth wore her Burmese Ruby and Diamond Tiara to the state banquet for Trump.
- Per the House of Garrard, the tiara includes 96 rubies which were a gift from Burma, "as rubies in Burmese culture protect from illness and evil."
Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom has been met with protests, royal visits, and political meetings. But it was the state banquet held at Buckingham Palace in honor of the Trumps which caught the world's attention, as several members of the royal family were in attendance for the lavish affair.
While Kate Middleton was photographed wearing her favored Lover's Knot tiara—which was also a favorite of Princess Diana—Queen Elizabeth opted for the Burmese Ruby and Diamond Tiara she had commissioned from the House of Garrard in 1973.
Per a press release, jeweler Garrard revealed that the queen's iconic tiara includes "rubies gifted to her on her marriage from the people of Burma. The 96 rubies are a symbolic gesture, as rubies in Burmese culture protect from illness and evil, in this case to protect the wearer from the 96 diseases that can afflict humans."
Because of the special meaning the rubies hold, some Twitter users are alleging that the queen was secretly shading her American visitor:
However, as the rubies were a gift from the people of Burma upon her wedding to Prince Philip, it's also possible that the queen was honoring her husband with her tiara choice.
Per Garrards, the tiara's jewels "are set in a series of rose motifs inspired by the Tudor Rose, the heraldic symbol of Britain." While we'll probably never know whether or not the queen was trying to throw shade, it looked as though Trump was a hit with the royals:
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