30 May 2019

A Double Brooch Day for the Queen

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On Wednesday, the Queen was at Buckingham Palace for a series of engagements, and we got to see two different royal brooches come out of the vaults for the occasion!




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The Queen welcomed the nation's new poet laureate, Simon Armitage, to Buckingham Palace for an audience, where she presented him with The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.


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It's a little tough to see against her patterned dress, but HM wore her modern-looking diamond and aquamarine cluster brooch, which she debuted during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in 2015.


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For the day's biggest event, a garden party at the palace, HM changed into a pink ensemble and swapped out her brooch.


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This diamond lily brooch dates to the late 1940s, when it was presented to the then-Princess Elizabeth by the City of London. She received the gift along with the Freedom of the City in June 1947.


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The Queen was joined by several family members at the party, including the Duke of Sussex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.


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Beatrice kept her jewelry simple, wearing the same bracelets we've seen her sport on a regular basis lately, including her Cartier "Juste un Clou" bracelet.


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Princess Eugenie also opted for delicate pieces: small hoop earrings, a thin gold bracelet, her engagement and wedding rings, and gold rings on her right hand.


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Interestingly, the Duchess of Gloucester repeated almost all of her ensemble from last week's Never Forgotten Association Garden Party, though she swapped out her pearl earrings for gem-set floral ones. (See our feature on her pearls and pendant here!)


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Back inside the palace, the Queen wore her pink ensemble and lily brooch once more to meet with the captains of the teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup.