13 May 2018

The Queen's Wedding Brooches

Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, April 2011 (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/AFP/Getty Images)

When Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle on Saturday, one of the most honored guests in attendance will be his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. In anticipation of the coming wedding, we've got a look at some of the brooches and jewels worn by the Queen at royal and noble weddings she's attended over the course of her reign so far.




The Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Duke of Edinburgh return to the palace following the wedding of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, May 1960

For the wedding of her sister, Princess Margaret, and Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey in May 1960, the Queen chose pearls and Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch.


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the wedding of Princess Alexandra of Kent and the Hon. Angus Ogilvy, April 1963 (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Queen wore pearls with the Emperor of Austria Brooch, a jewel that first belonged to Queen Mary's mother, the Duchess of Teck, for the wedding of her cousin, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and the Hon. Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in April 1963.


Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, November 1973 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

For the wedding of her daughter, Princess Anne, and Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey in November 1973, the Queen wore pearls and Queen Mary's Dorset Bow Brooch.


Earl Spencer, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Prince and Princess of Wales are pictured on the balcony following the royal wedding, July 1981

For the wedding of her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in July 1981, the Queen wore pearls and one of her own wedding gifts, the remarkable Williamson Diamond Brooch, which is set with one of the world's rarest pink diamonds.


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh depart for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York, July 1986

The Queen decided to go sans brooch, wearing only pearls instead, for the wedding of her second son, the Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in July 1986.


Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, June 1999 (IAN WALDIE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Queen wore pearls and the Williamson Diamond Brooch for the wedding of her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, and Sophie Rhys-Jones at St. George's Chapel, Windsor in June 1999.


Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of Edward and Lady Tamara van Cutsem, November 2004 (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Pearls and the Carrington Feather Brooch were the Queen's accessories of choice for the wedding of Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Edward van Cutsem at Chester Cathedral in November 2004.


Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, April 2005 (Alastair Grant/AFP/Getty Images)

For the blessing of the marriage of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at St. George's Chapel, Windsor in April 2005, the Queen wore pearls and the glittering Australian Wattle Brooch.


Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, April 2011 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

As she did for her sister's wedding, the Queen chose pearls and Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch for the wedding of her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.


Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of Mike and Zara Tindall, July 2011 (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

For the wedding of her granddaughter, Zara Phillips, to Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk in July 2011, the Queen wore pearls with the Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch, a jewel that belonged to the late Queen Mother.