13 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Flame Lily vs Pearl Triangle

Will it be the delicate flower or the modern pearl piece?

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The Flame Lily Brooch vs. The Pearl Triangle Brooch

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This diamond lily brooch, presented to the Queen on behalf of the children of Zimbabwe, made history when she wore it for her arrival back in London immediately following her accession to the throne in 1952. In more recent years, the brooch has remained a royal favorite, appearing often at spring occasions like the Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot.

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This elegant brooch was described by Leslie Field as "an unusual long narrow diamond triangle with two pearls and a canary yellow diamond set in the middle." The Queen has worn it frequently for a variety of occasions and with a rainbow of colors during her reign, but the most famous appearance of the brooch will probably always be her walkabout outside St. James's Palace on the day before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

More brooches tomorrow -- and a sparkling necklace later tonight!