20 February 2020

The Queen Wears Amethyst Flowers in London


The Queen was out and about in London yesterday, wearing very appropriate jewels for February.

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HM opened the new premises of the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital in central London on Wednesday, unveiling a plaque and chatting with staff and patients.

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She was dressed in a regal purple ensemble for the occasion, featuring a hat and coordinating coat. The colors of the coat and hat vary a bit in photos because of the lighting and shadows (including this image, where the hat and coat look to be different shades), but they do appear to be a matched set.

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A purple outfit like this definitely calls for amethysts, and the Queen chose one of her modern Amethyst Floral Brooches for the occasion. We recently discussed the brooches in-depth in this post.

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Here's a close-up of the brooch worn today, which features amethysts and diamonds in a floral setting.

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The brooch is one of a pair of coordinating jewels; the panel above shows the differences between the two. For Tuesday's visit, the Queen wore the brooch on the right side of the panel.

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It's been a bit since we've seen one of these brooches in public; the last major appearance came in March 2019, when she wore the same brooch for a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of the Prince of Wales's investiture.

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Here's another view of today's outing for the brooch. Love the Queen in purple!