27 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Flower Basket vs Australian Hibiscus

It's flower vs. flower in today's afternoon match-up...

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The Flower Basket Brooch vs. The Queen Mother's Australian Hibiscus Brooch

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This lovely brooch was given to the Queen in 1948 by her parents. It was a present to mark the birth of her first child, Prince Charles. The Queen, then still Princess Elizabeth, wore the brooch for Charles's first official photograph. She's worn it regularly since, including a sentimental appearance at the christening of Prince George, Charles's first grandson, in 2013.


The Hibiscus Brooch, set with diamond and rubies, was given to the Queen Mother by the people of Australia in 1958. The Queen Mother was absolutely delighted with the gift, and she began wearing it right away. The Queen inherited the jewel from her mother in 2002, and she's worn it occasionally in the years since. In 2018, it was a very appropriate choice for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

More brooch competition coming your way in the morning -- and, in the meantime, a brand-new Nightly Necklace post!