24 October 2019

A Quartet of Brooches for the Queen

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The Queen recently returned from her annual summer holiday at Balmoral, and she's definitely back in the swing of things! Here's a look at four brooches she wore this week.




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On Saturday, HM attended QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. Appropriately, she presented the trophy for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.


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For the occasion, she wore a brooch that's been in her jewelry box for seven decades: the Diamond Clematis Brooch. She famously wore the brooch for her official engagement photos in 1947.


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On Monday, the Queen attended a reception at St James's Palace marking the 60th anniversary of Cruse Bereavement Care. Run by a small band of dedicated volunteers, Cruse Bereavement Care was founded in 1959 as the Cruse Clubs Counselling Service for Widows and Their Families. Today, the service provides wider support, and the volunteers present at the reception included, for example, those who provided support at the Grenfell Tower fire.


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The Queen chose another brooch that has been in her collection since the late 1940s for this reception. This is the large Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooch, part of a now-dismantled tiara that the Queen received as a wedding gift in 1947. You can read more about the lost tiara (and see a great close-up of the brooch!) over here.


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Here's one more view of the Queen wearing the brooch at the reception. Even though its design is fairly intricate, the brooch stands up well against prints and patterns.


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On Tuesday, the Queen held private audiences at Buckingham Palace. One of the dignitaries she greeted was the High Commissioner for Grenada, Lakisha Grant.


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For the series of meetings, the Queen chose a small brooch: a rarely-glimpsed bar brooch set with aquamarines and diamonds. We don't have much (or really any) provenance information available for this little-seen jewel, but it certainly looks antique.


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HM held more audiences with various ambassadors at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, including a meeting with the ambassador from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Fesseha Shawel Gebre.


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For these diplomatic audiences, the Queen chose one of the oldest brooches in her jewelry box: the diamond and amethyst brooch that belonged to Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent. Learn more about the jewel over here!