Today, people around the world commemorate the sacrifices of men and women of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, in holidays named Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, or Veterans Day. To mark the occasion, I thought we’d have a look at a selection of jewels worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II for the Festival of Remembrance in London.
Elizabeth II began attending the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London even before the start of her reign. For decades, she was a mainstay at the event, which began shortly after the end of World War I. The festival now takes place annually on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday. (This year’s event is tomorrow.) Here, in November 2004, Queen Elizabeth attends the event wearing pearl button earrings, a three-stranded pearl necklace, and the Kensington Bow Brooch.
The Queen opted for her smaller pearl button earrings and a longer three-stranded pearl necklace for the festival in November 2013.
In November 2014, Queen Elizabeth chose Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Earrings, a double strand of pearls (the Queen Anne and Queen Caroline Pearl Necklaces, I believe), and the Richmond Brooch with its pearl pendant drop.
The Queen again wore two strands of pearls (the Anne and Caroline Necklaces again, I think) for the event in November 2015, along with the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings and Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Gift Brooch.
Queen Elizabeth II wore her pearl button earrings and a three-stranded pearl necklace with the Bronte Porcelain Brooch for the festival in November 2016.
In November 2017, she paired the same pearl earrings and necklace with the Kensington Bow Brooch.
The Queen chose the Richmond Brooch (without its pendant) to secure her poppies in November 2018, paired with Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Earrings and a two-stranded pearl necklace (the Hanoverian Pearls, I believe).