It was another two brooch day for the Queen on Tuesday! Here’s a look at the pair of royal brooches she wore for engagements in Edinburgh and Stirling during Holyrood Week.
The day began with audiences at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The Queen met with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, telling her “it’s very nice to be back again” in Scotland.
The Queen also received Alison Johnstone, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.
For both conversations, the Queen wore a floral brooch that has been in her collection since 1947. The floral brooch, made by Cartier, was once the center of the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara.
Later in the day, the Queen traveled to Stirling, and the royal standard was raised over Stirling Castle to signal that the monarch is in residence.
There, she opened the newly-renovated Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum, which is located at the castle.
The Queen has been the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment since 1947, the year of her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh. Before that, the role was held by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. King George VI made his daughter the regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief on April 21, 1947, as a 21st birthday present.
The Queen changed into a coat and hat in a vivid shade of violet, plus a floral printed dress, for her visit to the new museum. She also swapped out her brooch for the cap badge of the regiment, encrusted with diamonds and other gems.
Here’s a view of the actual regimental cap badge, worn by one of the Highlanders during the Queen’s visit.
And here’s a clearer view of the Queen’s own badge. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were amalgamated into the larger Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006, but their Colonel-in-Chief remained the same.