December 20-26, 2013
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Queen Elizabeth II of the UK wore her flower basket brooch and pearls for her annual Christmas broadcast. The brooch is the same one that she wore for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge; it was a present to her from her parents to mark the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. The choice was appropriate, as the speech mentioned the christening of the future monarch (and even included behind-the-scenes footage of the prince's christening photos).
For their annual outing to church on Christmas morning at Sandringham, the Windsor women chose understated jewelry. Queen Elizabeth chose pearls and one of Queen Victoria's bow brooches. The Duchess of Cambridge wore diamond and green amethyst earrings by Kiki McDonough.  Both the Duchess of Cornwall and Autumn Phillips added brooches to their winter coats. Zara Tindall chose small pearl earrings, and Princess Eugenie accessorized her hat with a small brooch.
NOTES, PHOTO CREDITS, AND LINKS1. Banner image: detail of The Marriage of George, Duke of York to Princess Mary of Teck (1894) by Laurits Tuxen. Image in the public domain; source here.
2. For a larger picture of Kate's earrings, and details on her outfit, see here.