The Queen embarked on another of her surprise royal engagements on Friday, making a pop-up visit to Berkshire for the opening of a new medical building.
The Queen, accompanied by the Princess Royal, traveled to Maidenhead to open a new Thames Hospice building on Friday. The monarch used her trusty walking stick during the engagement, where she was joined by Jonathan Jones, Chair of the Thames Hospice Board of Trustees.
The Queen took part in a traditional royal plaque unveiling as she officially opened the new building.
She also chatted with patients, including Pat White, during the royal visit.
For the outing, the Queen wore a floral printed dress with black accessories.
She added her usual pearl and diamond earrings and her three-stranded pearl necklace.
The brooch she pinned to her dress, the Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch, is a legacy from the late Queen Mother.
The Queen Mum acquired the brooch sometime in the 1930s, and she wore it frequently throughout her husband’s reign, especially during the war years. Here, she wears the brooch at Windsor Castle for a meeting with President Lebrun of France in March 1939.
The Queen inherited the brooch from her mother in 2002, and in the two decades since, it has become a personal favorite. She’s worn it for all kinds of occasions, including outings at Royal Ascot (pictured above, 2014), and even one of her Christmas Broadcasts.
Princess Anne stayed largely in the background during Friday’s engagement, letting her mother take center stage. But we did catch a glimpse of her jewelry, including one of her modern mixed-metal brooches.
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