The Queen treated us to two more brooch appearances this week: one on video, and another in person. Here’s a look at both brooches, plus a little bit of the story behind each jewel.
On Wednesday, the Queen received the outgoing Defence Service Secretary, Rear Admiral James Macleod, and his successor, incoming Defence Service Secretary Major General Eldon Millar, at Windsor Castle.
For the audience, the Queen wore her signature pearls with a jewel inherited from her grandmother: Queen Mary’s Pink Sapphire Cluster Brooch.
Queen Mary had quite the collection of jewels set with pink gemstones. This pink sapphire cluster brooch was one of the smaller pieces that she liked to pin at her throat. Above, she wears the brooch in that placement as she watches a demonstration of military exercises with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) in 1942.
The Queen likes to wear the brooch for daytime occasions with a variety of colors and patterns. I particularly like the way that the details of the brooch pop against the bright pink coat she wore in October 2013 in Brighton.
On Wednesday, the Queen held two more virtual audiences with new ambassadors. From Windsor Castle, she received credentials virtually from Jukka Siukosaari, the new ambassador from Finland, who was at Buckingham Palace.
She also received the new ambassador from Jordan, Manar Dabbas.
For these virtual audiences, she wore one of her favorite jewels: the Pearl Trefoil Brooch.
The Queen has been wearing this diamond and pearl trefoil brooch since at least the 1980s. Above, she wears the brooch during ANZAC Day commemorations in Hobart in April 1988.
And here, you get an excellent look at the brooch’s romantic ribbon design from an outing in Surrey in October 2015.