17 October 2017

Audience at Buckingham Palace, and the 48th Highlanders of Canada Badge

The Queen held an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Whenever there are two brooches at once, one is most likely a badge worn special for the occasion. Such is the case here, too.

Six Petal Diamond Flower Brooch (Thanks to lovely commenter Adelaide, we now have a likely provenance for this piece. Click back to read.)
Engagement and Wedding Rings 


The Queen was meeting a representative from the 48th Highlanders of Canada, so she popped on the badge she has from their regiment (which is enough her practice that we can count on it, even though we can't see it too well here). She is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.

The cap badge of the 48th Highlanders of Canada
Canadian Forces

The Queen's brooch is a platinum version of the regiment's badge, given to her in 1951 when she visited Toronto with The Duke of Edinburgh. She was photographed in it during a portrait session with  Ian Leslie Macdonald, where she also posed for a new official photo in the Maple Leaf Brooch for the 150th Anniversary of Canada's confederation. That portrait, and other interesting shots from the session (including a few of the brooches in their boxes), can be seen on the photographer's website.

Note: The Queen had another event today, which will be added later if possible.

13 October 2017

Investiture at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.
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Let me know if you spy any video of this one for brooch purposes...otherwise, we're in the dark. Update: With thanks to the Royal Spectator, looks like this was most likely the Cullinan V.

12 October 2017

Women's Royal Naval Service 100 Project Reception and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen and The Princess Royal attended a reception to mark the centenary of the Women's Royal Naval Service and the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps at the Army and Navy Club, London.
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For more: Zimbio gallery.

The Aqua Clips took her to church on her last Balmoral weekend, and now they're taking her right back to business in London. Surprising to see them twice in a row, but more surprising they still haven't been seen all that often this year.

Royal Family

Three Strand Pearl Necklace


The Queen also held audiences at Buckingham Palace today.
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The Queen getting back to her regularly scheduled London business = us getting back to our regularly scheduled brooch squinting business. I'm pretty sure this is the Pearl Triangle. (On another note, she picked up a new treasure today: a silver pumpkin from the Cambodian ambassador!)

Pearl Triangle Brooch


Of course, while all of this qualifies as business as usual, this week brought an announcement of a break in tradition: The Queen won't be laying her own wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday this year. Instead, The Prince of Wales will lay her wreath while The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh watch from a balcony above, as Camilla, Kate, and other members of the Royal Family do.

This will be a significant change but it's one I'm glad to see. Her wreath was already made lighter for her in 2016, and watching her walk backwards down the small steps at the monument after laying it was making me a little nervous last year, you know? Pass it on, and she'll still be present for it all. A good compromise.

29 September 2017

Visit to Aberdeen

The Queen opened the Robertson Family Roof Garden at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and visited the Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Her Maj looked happy to be back in action today, and the feeling is mutual! This is the 2017 debut of the Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch, which works really well on this blue tweed.

ITN screencap

Engagements in Scotland always mark the beginning of the end of The Queen's summer break. Next month, she'll be back to London and back to her usual schedule of public engagements.

04 September 2017

Queen Mary's Thistle Brooch

Queen Mary's Thistle Brooch

A new photographic portrait of The Queen was taken in 2010 and unveiled for the Scottish Parliament in 2011, featuring The Queen wearing - for apparently the first time - a unique diamond brooch. The brooch has the appearance of a key from afar, but up close it becomes a diamond thistle with two leaves forming a wreath and a long stem.

The Queen in 2010
Shaun Murawski/Scottish Parliament

Information released with the new portrait identified the long brooch as a diamond thistle that belonged to The Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary. Despite not being worn until 2010, The Queen most likely inherited it along with much of the rest of Queen Mary's jewel collection on her death in 1953.

Queen Mary, with George V and a young Princess Elizabeth, wears the brooch in Scotland

While Queen Mary wore the brooch pinned to one of her signature toque hats, The Queen has thus far worn it only in traditional brooch style on her shoulder. Both queens have capitalized on the thistle association and worn the brooch in Scotland.

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The Queen in 2017

The brooch had to wait seven years for its next outing, at another Scottish occasion. This offers the first real opportunity to see this brooch in full detail. It's really quite beautiful, isn't it? I'd love to see it back in hat use, though that's not something I expect The Queen will ever do.

Appearances:
4 September 2017: Queensferry Crossing Opening

Queensferry Crossing Opening

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, opened the new Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth in Scotland.
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All the world's atwitter over Cambridge Baby #3, and I'm over here just excited by the brooch. It's a rare one for Her Maj today and one we haven't covered here previously! Here's my feature on it.

02 September 2017

The Braemar Gathering

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Rothesay, and The Princess Royal, attended the annual Braemar Gathering in Scotland.
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Braemar Feather Brooch: Check. Pearls all around: Check. Family day of fun and giggles: check.

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The only thing we're missing here is Prince Philip's kilt. Otherwise, it's Braemar business as usual!