29 April 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge's Brooches

Kate wears the Five Pearl Brooch during the Battle of Passchendaele commemorations, 30 July 2017 (Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. To mark that occasion here, we're taking our usual weekend brooch post and amping it up! Here's a look at a number of the brooches we've seen Kate wear since she became an HRH.




Kate wears the Irish Guards Brooch at Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 2017 (Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The first brooch that the new Duchess of Cambridge wore publicly was the Irish Guards Brooch, a charming golden shamrock set with a single emerald. Kate has worn the brooch numerous times since, usually while handing out shamrocks to the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day.


Kate wears the Royal Navy Submarine Service Brooch during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant, 3 June 2012 (Matt Dunham-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Royal Navy Submarine Service Brooch, which depicts the service's dolphin badge, was one of Kate's wedding gifts. The Duke of Cambridge is the service's Commodore-in-Chief. Kate most famously wore the badge during the river pageant celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.


Kate wears the Dacre Brooch for the service of the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets at St Clement Danes Church, 7 February 2016 (Eddie Mulholland-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Another military piece worn by Kate is the Dacre Brooch, worn in her official capacity as Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets. Until 2015, the brooch was presented to the best female Air Cadet of the year; like her male counterpart, the best female cadet now receives the Dacre Sword.


Kate wears the Poppy Brooch a reception for the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race at Goldsmiths Hall, 26 April 2012 (John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

You'll also often see Kate sporting a sparkling crystal Poppy Brooch, made by Buckley, at various military-related events, especially during the weeks preceding Remembrance Sunday each November.


Kate wears the ANZAC Anemone Brooch for the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, 9 November 2014 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

For the annual Remembrance Sunday observations, Kate has also sometimes worn the ANZAC Anemone Brooch. The enamel brooch was presented to Kate in Australia on the night before ANZAC Day in 2014 by Emma, the wife of Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith.


Kate wears the Queen's Diamond and Pearl Leaf Brooch at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, 31 July 2017 (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

The Queen loaned Kate the gorgeous Diamond and Pearl Leaf Brooch to wear for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele in July 2017.


Kate wears the Queen's New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch on her arrival at the Wellington Military Terminal, 7 April 2014 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Indeed, the Queen has loaned Kate more than one brooch over the past seven years. For the Cambridges' 2014 visit to New Zealand, she loaned Kate the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, presented to the monarch on Christmas Day 1953 during her coronation tour.


Kate wears the Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch for a reception at Calgary Zoo, 8 July 2011 (Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen has also loaned the Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch, which originally belonged to the Queen Mother, to Kate for multiple visits to Canada, beginning in 2011.


William and Kate receive the Polar Bear Brooch and matching cuff links during a session of Youth Parliament at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife, 5 July 2011 (Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

During the 2011 Canadian tour, Kate was presented with a Polar Bear Brooch, made by Harry Winston. The brooch (and matching cuff links for William) was a gift from the government of the Northwest Territories. We've yet to see her wear this one in public.


Kate wears the Five Pearl Brooch for Easter Sunday services at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, 1 April 2018 (Tolga Akmen-WPA Pool/Gety Images)

Perhaps the most-worn of all of Kate's brooches is the simple Five Pearl Brooch, which is likely made of crystal and resin. Kate's most recent appearance in the brooch came on Easter Sunday 2018 at Windsor.


Kate wears the Floral Bouquet Brooch for the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, 12 March 2018 (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

We also recently saw Kate debut her Floral Bouquet Brooch, wearing it for the first time at the 2018 Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.


Kate wears the Celtic Knot Brooch during a visit to Strathearn Community Campus, 29 May 2014 (Andrew Milligan-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kate wore this silver Celtic Knot Brooch during a visit to Strathearn in 2014. There's been speculation that this one was a wedding gift, perhaps from William. In Scotland, where the couple met, they are titled Earl and Countess of Strathearn.


Kate wears the Oak Leaf Brooch for a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham, 25 December 2015 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

My favorite of all of Kate's brooches is perhaps this lovely Oak Leaf Brooch, which she debuted in 2012 and wore again on Christmas Day 2015. The oak leaf symbolism is tied with her Middleton family heritage, and oak leaf and acorn designs have often featured in her jewelry, including her wedding earrings.