13 July 2016

A Busy, Bejeweled Day for Queen Elizabeth

The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen, and the Duke of Cambridge at the EAAA base (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It's a big day for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom -- she met her thirteenth prime minister at Buckingham Palace. But before venturing back to London to handle that bit of government business, she and the Duke of Edinburgh toured the new East Anglia Air Ambulance base at Cambridge Airport. A special employee -- their grandson, the Duke of Cambridge -- was on hand to show them around.

Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Queen wore pale pink for the occasion, including her diamond and pink gemstone cluster brooch.

Photo: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

Here's a slightly better look at the brooch. To my knowledge, the precise provenance of this one has still not been firmly determined, and neither has the identity of the pink gemstone set in the brooch's center. But it's almost certainly an heirloom piece, and it's definitely lovely.

Photo: Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Back in London, it was time to get the show on the road. The Queen welcomed the new prime minister, Theresa May, while wearing a major heirloom brooch: the Cambridge Emerald Brooch with its pear-shaped emerald pendant drop.

Photo: Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

And that was that!