The Queen made her second public appearance in two days on Tuesday, wearing a sparkling thistle brooch for a military parade in Edinburgh.
The Queen was a smiling presence during an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
She wore a coat and hat in a lovely shade of light purple, accompanied by her trusty black handbag and shoes and her walking stick.
The coat and had featured its own jewel-like accents—sparkling buttons—but the Queen also added meaningful jewelry to the ensemble.
With her pearl and diamond earrings and her three-stranded pearl necklace, HM wore a thistle brooch made of diamonds, gold, emeralds, and a carved amethyst. She’s been wearing the brooch in public, usually for engagements in Scotland, for at least a decade. Some have guessed that it might be part of the suite of national symbol brooches gifted to the Queen by the late Sultan of Oman to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, though her Three Thistle Brooch has also been reported to be the Scottish portion of that quartet.
The Queen also wore the same coat and jewels for another engagement on Tuesday: the presentation of Her Majesty’s Medal for Music to John Wallace.
The presentation took place inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen is staying as part of her traditional summer residence in Edinburgh. Wallace was presented to the Queen during the audience by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music.