10 May 2016

A Lily for a Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Queen Elizabeth II hosts a garden party at Buckingham Palace (Photo: JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday afternoon, and she wore one of the earliest major additions to her jewelry box: the Flame Lily Brooch.

Photo: JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images

The diamond and platinum brooch was a 21st birthday gift; it was a present for the then-Princess Elizabeth from schoolchildren in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It was also the first brooch she wore in public after her unexpected accession to the throne in 1952.