If you somehow didn't already know, Donald Trump is on a three-day state visit to the UK. Although the US President is meeting with senior UK politicians to discuss some of today’s most topical issues, the Internet has been particularly fixated on the interactions between Trump and the British royal family - namely the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Trump will not be meeting Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who is currently on maternity leave, during this trip.
On Monday night, the US President attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Whilst a royal dinner is always host to some impeccable fashion moments, it was not, as it almost always is, Kate Middleton’s look that stole the show (although she did look radiant in a dress by one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen). Rather, it was Queen Elizabeth’s fashion that got everybody talking - and not even her gown. Her headwear of choice was the object of the public’s fascination, a delicate ruby tiara, which the Twittersphere is convinced holds a hidden meaning.
‘Mr President, as we look to the future, I am confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us.’
In her speech, The Queen spoke of the mutual aims and beliefs of the US and the UK. pic.twitter.com/1FRb2O12H7— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 3, 2019
She was wearing the Burmese ruby tiara - crafted in 1973 by jeweller House of Garrard from 96 rubies she was gifted on a trip to Burma. According to House of Garrard’s press release, “rubies in Burmese culture protect from illness and evil”. Twitter did the math - the Queen clearly made this well-thought-out political gesture in order to fend off Trump’s bad vibes.
The monarch is historically politically neutral so this interpretation may be a bit of a reach, aside from the myriad other reasons for wearing this tiara: it complemented the red-white-and-blue colour scheme of her ensemble, reminiscent of the two countries’ flags, or it paid homage to her husband Prince Philip, since the rubies were a wedding gift. Nevertheless, Twitter users turned out in force to express delight and approval.
Queen Elizabeth is a hero. That tiara she’s wearing is made up of 96 rubies gifted to her on her wedding day by the people of Burma to ward of disease. I adore her for her trolling trump skills through the medium of jewellery. pic.twitter.com/BdEInW2tk4— HelenRose (@helenjrose) June 4, 2019
That's the Burmese Ruby Tiara. It was designed by Her Majesty herself in 1973 using gems from her collection. It consists of 96 rubies that were gifted to HM The Queen by the people of (then) Burma as a symbolic protection against illness and evil. Make of it what you will. — Claire Eyles (@Emerald_xoxox) June 4, 2019