The Queen held an audience at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, wearing a brooch that has proven to be a bit of a royal jewelry mystery.
The Queen received Margaret Beazley, the Governor of New South Wales, at Windsor Castle on Wednesday for an audience.
The Queen wore a yellow dress with a blue and green floral print for the meeting with Governor Beazley.
She wore small pearl stud earrings and a three-stranded pearl necklace, plus a brooch that shied away from the camera. The piece, pinned near her left shoulder, appears to be a dark gemstone—perhaps a sapphire?—set in a double cluster of diamonds. The rotation of the brooch makes it difficult to ascertain specific details about the piece, but it looks considerably smaller than her most worn sapphire cluster brooches (Prince Albert’s Brooch and the Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch).
I thought for a bit that it might be just the top portion of Empress Marie Feodorovna’s Sapphire Brooch, but it looks smaller than that, and the prong setting of the central gemstone looks different to me. What do you all think: do we have a never-before-seen cluster brooch from the Queen’s collection on our hands, or is a more familiar piece playing a game of hide-and-seek with us?