05 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Maple Leaf vs Pink Cluster

The Queen Mum and Queen Mary face off in this morning's match-up!

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The Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch vs. The Pink Cluster Brooch

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This fantastic diamond brooch, made by Asprey, was a gift from King George VI to the Queen Mother ahead of their 1939 tour of Canada. The Queen Mum treasured the brooch, which is made to resemble a leaf of the Canadian Sugar Maple, and wore it throughout her life. The Queen inherited it from her mother in 2002. Both women have often loaned the brooch to other family members visiting Canada, and the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge have made memorable recent appearances in the piece.

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The Pink Cluster Brooch

This petite cluster brooch features a vivid pink gemstone (often described as a pink sapphire) set in a beautiful diamond frame. The brooch originally belonged to the Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary. In recent years, it has become one of the Queen's favorite brooches, appearing at palace audiences, Royal Ascot, and even one outing on Christmas Day!

Stay tuned for a colorful afternoon contest!