22 July 2014

Audiences and Prince George's Birthday Party

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace, including investing Sir Simon Rattle with the Insignia of a Member of the Order of Merit, presenting Dame Quentin Bryce with the Insignia of Dame of the Order of Australia, and receiving Judith Weir, the new Master of the Queen's Music.
First up, a little business...

And then, some play: The Queen attended Prince George's first birthday at Kensington Palace. Different outfit and different brooch, but I can't tell which one.

Photo: ITNSource video

17 July 2014

Reading Railway Station Opening

The Queen officially opened the renovated railway station in Reading.
It's the second time HM has worn this brooch, and the second time on this same outfit - though I hardly think the color selection today was random...

Updated to add... on Friday, July 18, The Queen held an investiture at Windsor Castle. It was, as always, hard to tell what brooch she wore.

Photo: ITNSource video

14 July 2014

Queen's Award for Enterprise Reception

The Queen, joined by other members of the royal family, gave a reception for the Queen's Award for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Gallery from Zimbio.
Well this is delightful from top to bottom, isn't it? A jolly QEII and a somewhat rare brooch - only the second outing for the Cullinan VI and VIII brooch since this blog started.

Photo: WPA Pool via Getty Images

10 July 2014

Visit to Derbyshire

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Derbyshire, celebrating the 230th anniversary of knitwear company John Smedley Ltd. and visiting Chatsworth House, where they were hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

For more: Video from ITN, gallery from Zimbio, article from the Derby Telegraph.
She took a couple days off (from public engagements, that is - I think we all know she never really takes time off) and to make up for it, she gave us another new-to-us brooch, and in a stone she rarely wears! See below.

Photo: ITN video

The Turquoise and Diamond Brooch

The Turquoise and Diamond Brooch
A large round turquoise stone sits at the center of this brooch, surrounded by a row of diamonds and nestled in an intricate diamond surround. We don't have any detail so far on the provenance of this piece, though it certainly has an antique look to it. The Queen doesn't seem to be a big fan of turquoise, only rarely using the turquoise pieces she has in her collection, so it was a surprise to see this on what I believe is its public debut in 2014.

10 July 2014: Visit to Derbyshire

Photo: PA (heavily cropped)

04 July 2014

Holyrood Week, Day 5: Forth Road Bridge Anniversary and Ship Naming

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, visited Forth Road Bridge, South Queensferry, to mark its 50th anniversary. Later, she officially named the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Dockyard, Rosyth, Fife.
One more classic on the last day of Holyrood Week: Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch, seen on just one other occasion this year so far (also, coincidentally, a naval engagement).

Photo: BBC Video

03 July 2014

Holyrood Week, Day 4: Order of the Thistle Service and Scottish War Memorial Service

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Cambridge (The Earl of Strathearn, in Scotland), and The Princess Royal, attended a Service for the Order of the Thistle at St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.
The Thistle service is normally a time for the Queen to show off either her emeralds or her white stones (diamonds and/or pearls), in keeping with the predominant colors of her Thistle robes. But this year: rubies! Not my favorite combination, to be honest, but then I was hoping for an emerald showing. She also appeared to have a bracelet on, but under her gloves.

Later, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended a commemoration service at the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.
And finally, a lovely diamond flower brooch to finish out the day.

Photos:Chris Watt via Getty Images, British Monarchy video