06 June 2018

Royal Jewels at the Royal Mews

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall made a visit to the Royal Mews on Wednesday, where they attended a celebration for the tenth anniversary of the Medical Detection Dogs charity.




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The Queen wore her usual daytime jewelry uniform, including her triple strand of pearls. Her brooch for the occasion was one we don't see often: the Sapphire and Diamond Grapes Brooch.


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HM inherited the brooch from her mother in 2002. As you can see in this close-up view (from a previous occasion), the brooch features diamond grapes gathered with a sapphire-set bow. I've noted before that I think this brooch was made by (or inspired by) Van Cleef and Arpels, as the sapphires appear to be placed using their famous mystery setting.


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Camilla kept her jewelry for the day at a minimum. Along with her usual daytime pearl and diamond earrings and a few delicate bracelets, she wore a badge featuring the charity's logo. Camilla has been the charity's patron since 2014.


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Both royal ladies are animal lovers, and they clearly enjoyed the visit. Medical Detection Dogs is a charity aiming to transform disease detection by harnessing the extraordinary smelling power of dogs to develop tests for a range of life-threatening conditions, including cancer. The visit included several demonstrations of the abilities of dogs to detect medical issues.