Yesterday at Buckingham Palace, the Queen took one more step toward a return to normalcy: she held an audience with her prime minister, Boris Johnson, in person.
The Queen has kept up her regular meetings with her prime minister virtually over the course of the pandemic, but yesterday’s visit at the palace was her first in-person audience in more than a year.
For the audience, the Queen wore a pale blue dress with classic pearls, including a pearl and diamond brooch.
This familiar royal jewel is the Pearl Triangle Brooch. In The Queen’s Jewels, Leslie Field describes the piece as “an unusual long narrow diamond triangle with two pearls and a canary yellow diamond set in the middle.”
The brooch has been in the Queen’s collection since at least the 1950s, and its Art Deco styling suggests a creation date perhaps fifteen or twenty years earlier than that. It’s one of the Queen’s most-worn brooches, worn with a variety of colors on a range of daytime occasions. Its most famous appearance might be the outing in September 1997, when the Queen wore it for a walkabout on the day before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The return of in-person audiences also brings along with it the return of the traditional display of family photographs in the background. This time, photos of the Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Zara and Mike Tindall are displayed on the table on the left, while the table on the right has an engagement photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge beside a portrait of the Queen and the Prince of Wales.