14 June 2017

A Double Brooch Day for Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated a pair of major anniversaries today, and to the delight of royal jewel lovers everywhere, she wore a different brooch for each occasion.




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The Queen and the Duke began their morning with a train journey. Exactly 175 years (to the day!) after Queen Victoria became the first monarch to travel by train, the royal couple recreated her route. (Contrary to what we saw on Victoria, that original trip did not involve a railway on Robert Peel's estate or a dramatic marital spat.)


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Following in their shared ancestor's footsteps, HM and HRH traveled by train from Slough to Paddington Station in London. For the ceremonial trip, the Queen chose a brooch that she's had since 1947: one of the Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooches.


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The engagement gave us an absolutely magical close-up of the brooch, which was made by Cartier. It was originally part of the now-dismantled Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara, one of the Queen's wedding gifts.


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On Tuesday evening, the Queen and the Duke headed to Hampton Court Palace, where they celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Order of Companions of Honour. The order was established by the Queen's grandfather, King George V, in June 1917.


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The anniversary was commemorated with a special evensong service at the palace. For this event, the Queen chose one of my absolute favorites from her brooch collection: the Jardine Star Brooch. (Learn more about this brooch over here!)