20 November 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge Wears the Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker

Another loan debuted...

The Duchess of Cambridge, with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, joined other members of the Royal Family and friends for a dinner celebrating the Platinum Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle.
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The Duchess of Cambridge has worn The Queen's Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker for the first time! This piece was commissioned by The Queen to use a collection of cultured pearls given to her by the Japanese government. It was also loaned to Diana, Princess of Wales during her marriage, and has been worn infrequently by The Queen, primarily during the 1980s and 1990s.

The Duchess also wore the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings this evening, which were a wedding present to the late Diana, Princess of Wales from Collingwood Jewellers and were in her private collection. Kate debuted those at the Spanish state banquet earlier this year.

This necklace is a good loan for Kate. While pearl necklaces aren't a signature jewel for her, she wears several pairs of pearl earrings and has use of two tiaras with pearls from The Queen's collection, plus other pearl jewels. So perhaps the Windsor fondness for pearls will continue to grow...

19 November 2017

70th Wedding Anniversary Portraits

A new photographic portrait of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh has been released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
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Big anniversaries call for new portraits, and this new one for their platinum wedding anniversary is full of symbolism. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are pictured in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, between Thomas Gainsborough's 1781 portraits of King George III and Queen Charlotte, who were the British royal family's previously longest married couple with a marriage of 57 years. The photograph was taken by Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, the agency that handled the Baron photographs of their wedding in 1947 as its first assignment. The Queen wore this cream day dress by Angela Kelly to the service held for their diamond wedding anniversary.

Her brooch, by jeweler Andrew Grima, was a gift from Prince Philip in 1966. Press for the photo refers to it as the "Scarab" brooch (around here, we have simply called it the Grima Ruby Brooch).

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Update: The rest of the set was released on Sunday, this time with the platinum couple posing in front of a platinum background. And with smiles!

18 November 2017

The Fifth Wedding Anniversary Bracelet

The Fifth Wedding Anniversary Bracelet
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The fifth wedding anniversary of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh was in 1952, the year she took the throne. As an anniversary gift, The Duke commissioned from Boucheron a bracelet of his own design, made from gold, platinum, diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.


Philip's design includes his naval badge in the center with a diamond-set anchor, two roses set with diamonds and accented by rubies, two crosses of sapphires and a single diamond, one cross of rubies and a single diamond, and gold links designed as intertwined "E" and "P" letters.

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Diamond Wedding Anniversary Family Dinner, 2007

Occasions on which The Queen has worn this bracelet in public are rare, but she did appear to wear it during the celebrations marking their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007, at a family dinner hosted at Clarence House by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The bracelet has also been displayed, and was included in an exhibition celebrating The Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday.

16 November 2017

Visit to Hull

The Queen visited Hull to mark its year as the United Kingdom's City of Culture. Her Majesty visited the Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy factory and formally opened the Allam Medical Building at the University of Hull.
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New outfit alert! This is a "Stewart Parvin Air Force Blue cashmere coat over a silk print dress in Air Force blue, black and orange with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan," per the Press Association. Absolutely lovely, although a bit camouflaging during her visit to this medical facility...

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There's no camouflaging Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch on that solid blue background, though, and that's a Good Thing. It looks great.

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15 November 2017

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Oh, bless, we can actually see her brooch! Ye Olde Pearl Trefoil it is.

12 November 2017

Remembrance Sunday

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, attended the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph, London. The service honors those that have died in armed conflicts.

An emotional day on an already emotional day today, as The Queen watched the Cenotaph ceremony from the balcony for the first time. With The Duke of Edinburgh by her side, they watched The Prince of Wales lead the ceremony on the ground and lay a wreath on Her Majesty's behalf.

The Prince of Wales lays the first wreath.
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The Duchess of Cornwall joined The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on their balcony. The Duchess anchors her cluster of poppies with a different brooch each year, often badges or other pieces of significance to the occasion, and that's what she did this year: the badge of the 9/12th Lancers belonged to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and is of special importance to Camilla because her late father was a member of the 12th Lancers.

9/12th Lancers Badge

As mentioned yesterday, we'll take a look at some of the other family members present on the other blog, still to come.

11 November 2017

Festival of Remembrance

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, attended the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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The Kensington Bow Brooch has been a regular pick for anchoring poppies at remembrance events throughout the years, but this seems to be its first appearance since this blog's been up and running. I didn't think it had been that long!



Engagement and Wedding Rings

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A couple of old favorites for The Duchess of Cornwall tonight: her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings,
her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Small Diamond Clasp, and a selection of bracelets tricky to make out.

We will have another post for Remembrance Sunday and will probably check in with the rest of the fam at the other blog next week, so stay tuned...

09 November 2017

The Diamond Swan Brooch

The Diamond Swan Brooch

It's a favorite fact included on countless lists of trivia about The Queen: Her Majesty owns all the swans in the country! More accurately stated, the Crown has rights of ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, a right only exercised on certain parts of the Thames and its tributaries.

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Attending the Swan Upping ceremony in 2009

The Queen's Swan Marker leads the annual Swan Upping ceremony to conduct a census of the swans on sections of the Thames. When The Queen came along to watch the Swan Upping in person in 2009, she had just the brooch for the occasion: a small diamond swan of unknown provenance. Given the Crown's well-known and centuries-long association with swans, as well as the sheer size of The Queen's collection, I find it unsurprising that such a gem exists in the royal vault. Her Majesty has at least one other swan jewel, the Double Swan Brooch, debuted in 2014.

With Sir David Attenborough for The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy documentary
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Following its usage at the 2009 Swan Upping, the Diamond Swan Brooch was worn for an appearance with Sir David Attenborough recorded for an upcoming 2018 documentary on The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy forest conservation initiative, another fitting occasion for a nature brooch. A photo of the two was released today (above).

Appearances: 
2017: Appearance in The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy documentary, to be released in 2018

08 November 2017

British Museum Gallery Opening and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen officially opened the refurbished Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia at the British Museum, London.
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This is the second time this year we've seen this brooch, which is a surprise. I'm not sure I love the red stones on this pink background, though...

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Earlier, The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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A purple dress, a double Cullinan brooch, and a photo that shows it? It is my birthday?!

07 November 2017

The Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet and the Diamond Pendant Earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge debuted what appears to be another piece from The Queen's jewel collection at the Anna Freud Centre Gala Dinner this evening, the Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet. The wide diamond bracelet features multiple diamond quatrefoil motifs, the four-lobed design popular in architecture, art, heraldry, and elsewhere. Each quatrefoil outline is filled with five individual diamonds.

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The Queen Mother wears the bracelet in 1958

This bracelet is not a well-known member of the royal collection and it's easy to mistake for other bracelets, such as Queen Victoria's Bracelet. The quatrefoil-motif bracelet was worn by the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; it may have been another treasure from the Greville bequest. It then went to The Queen, along with the rest of The Queen Mother's jewels on her death in 2002.

The Queen wears the Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet at the State Opening of Parliament in 2010
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The Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet now appears to join The Duchess of Cambridge's growing pile of jewelry borrowed from The Queen, as Her Majesty continues to increase her loans to family members. Kate's been particularly lucky in the bracelet category, also having worn the Wedding Gift Bracelet and Queen Mary's Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet. The earrings she wore at the gala are also on loan from HM, the Diamond Pendant Earrings, and this is probably their best match yet.

With thanks to Franck for pointing out The Queen's use of the piece, and to Beth at the RJWMB for spotting it on The Queen Mother.

Appearances:
7 November 2017: Anna Freud Centre Gala Dinner (on The Duchess of Cambridge)
2010: State Opening of Parliament

Investiture at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.
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Thankfully, after Her Maj's last appearance left her brooch a mystery, we get a glimpse of this one: a very sparkly Pearl Triangle Brooch! The Pearl Triangle is another brooch that's heavily favored for audiences and investitures. In fact, all of its appearances for the past year have been either audiences or investitures.


06 November 2017

The Jewels of The Crown, a Season 2 Preview

Season 2 of The Crown debuts on Netflix on December 8! A new trailer was released today, so let's dig in. (We recapped the jewels of season 1 here.)

The show stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in her last season, before handing the throne to Olivia Colman for seasons 3 and 4. Her imaginary jewel vault gets a little wider this season, with a couple immediate additions:

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara featured in season 1 in its pearl version. I don't believe we saw the emeralds last time around, but they're right up front now, along with other pieces from the Cambridge Emerald and Delhi Durbar Parure.

They're taking a stab at the George VI Sapphires and Prince Albert's Sapphire Brooch too, recreating the famous night when the Kennedys came to Buckingham Palace for dinner.

I wondered why they hadn't bothered to put Princess Margaret in the Cartier Halo Tiara last season, since reproductions of that one are so widely available, and here we go. I can't say I like this particular portrayal of Margaret so far, but it is nice to see her in a tiara she actually wore.

What other treasures await? A month to go...

Photos: Netflix

01 November 2017

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Let the brooch guesses begin in 3...2...1...

Unidentified Brooch

25 October 2017

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Can it really be that this is just the second time we've seen the Cambridge Pearl this year? And previously at an audience, too. Has it been sentenced to a year of hard time in the 1844 Room? I don't mind, to tell you the truth. At least it's one of the few that can usually be identified in these audiences.

24 October 2017

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Barracks Visit

The Queen and The Prince of Wales made a joint visit to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Hyde Park Barracks, where The Queen officially named the regiment's new drum horse, Perseus.
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And thus our monthly theme continues, with even more badges and even more horses.

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Household Cavalry Regimental Badges, one for the Life Guards and one for the Blues and Royals

23 October 2017

HMS Sutherland Visit

The Queen visited HMS Sutherland, celebrating the 20th anniversary of her Commissioning, at the West India Dock, London.
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For more: Zimbio gallery.

The military visits continue but the badges take a brief break, as the Jardine Star returns from its summer vacation.

21 October 2017

British Champions Day at Royal Ascot

The Queen visited Ascot Racecourse for the QIPCO British Champions Day.
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For more: Zimbio gallery.

This brooch seems to be on Ascot duty this year, appearing during the usual summer meeting and now again for Her Maj's annual autumn day at the races. It's a nice match for this very textured coat, no?

19 October 2017

King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery 70th Anniversary

The Queen, Captain General, reviewed The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery on their 70th anniversary at Hyde Park, London.
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For more: Express article, Zimbio gallery.

Horses and the military, Her Maj was right at home for today's engagement. She even got to check up on the progress of one of her former race horses, Knock Castle; she gifted the horse to the Troop in August.

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As for the brooch, no surprise here: another regimental badge.

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
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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.

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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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!

09 August 2017

The Duchess of Cornwall's Ruby Garland Demi-Parure

We'll finish up our 70th birthday round of features on Camilla's most impressive official gifts with one last addition to the pile...

Eight years after she wore a ruby and diamond necklace so staggeringly opulent it changed the way Clarence House discloses official gifts, The Duchess of Cornwall did it again. Not with the same necklace, mind you; with a completely different, yet no less extravagant, ruby and diamond demi-parure.

The Duchess of Cornwall wears her Ruby Garland Demi-Parure

For the Royal Film Performance of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2015, The Duchess of Cornwall wore a necklace featuring four strands of diamond garlands adorned with 18 pear-shaped rubies, including four down the center of the necklace in diamond surrounds, and multiple pear-shaped diamond elements. The long matching earrings include more diamond-framed rubies finished with a diamond fringe. A matching ruby and diamond bracelet was also worn.

While the provenance of the Ruby Garland Demi-Parure has not been officially confirmed, my strong suspicion is that it was a gift from the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. My guess is based on a few reasons, the first and most obvious being that the complete extravagance of the design screams of the lavish gifts given by Middle Eastern monarchies. Second, the official gift list for a trip by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Saudi Arabia in 2013 listed Camilla as receiving a "parure" (with no further details given) from King Abdullah. It's also possible that she received some jewels when the King came to Britain for a state visit in 2007. Third, she debuted this parure shortly after the King passed away, so it could have been worn as a tribute. I also suspect that King Abdullah gave Camilla her Saudi Sapphire Demi-Parure in 2006.

The bracelet from the demi-parure can be seen peeking out from under her sleeve

If these rubies were an official gift, then they are not The Duchess of Cornwall's private property. You can read more about the rules for official gifts in our feature on the Saudi Ruby Demi-Parure.

 So far, the Ruby Garland Demi-Parure has been worn just once. None of her larger necklaces are worn with any regularity, and this will probably not be an exception. The earrings would be nice to see worn more often; her hair covers shorter earrings, making longer models a better choice for her eveningwear, and these are perfect.

Appearances:
17 February 2015: Royal Film Performance of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

05 August 2017

Balmoral Holiday, 2017

By Stuart Yeates from Oxford, UK - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Queen started her annual summer Balmoral holiday in July at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral estate, while the castle was still open to the public, followed by taking up official residence at the castle itself in August. Her break usually ends around late September/early October with an engagement or two in Scotland before heading south.

Any appearances by The Queen during her holiday will be gathered in this post.

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October 8: One last church outing at Balmoral before heading back to London. The Queen rode to church with Lady Sarah Chatto and wore her Aquamarine Clip Brooches. Photos at the Daily Mail if you're so inclined. 

September 29: Inching back into the public sphere with an engagement in Aberdeen, covered here.

September 24: The Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch makes a repeat church appearance, and HM recruits Prince William as her car companion.

September 21: Our tour of Balmoral interiors continues (and of Her Maj's signature Scotland casual look, with the same stuff as the previous day), thanks to an audience with Peter Cosgrove, the Governor-General of Australia. Spot the classic iPod on the dock behind them!
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September 20: The Queen received Canada's Governor General Designate Julie Payette, for an audience at Balmoral. This is classic casual QEII: a strand of pearls, Pearl Stud Earrings, Black Strap Watch, Engagement and Wedding Rings. And a Balmoral tartan skirt, of course, because that's the only way to roll.
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September 10: The Saskatchewan Tourmaline Flower Brooch makes an appearance - its first since 2015! - at church.

September 9: The Queen was spotted out riding at Balmoral, pictures at the Express.

September 4: Interrupting the Balmoral holiday for a quick engagement opening the Queensferry Crossing and for a peek at a rare brooch: Queen Mary's Thistle Brooch. 

September 3: Church again, and this time we can see that the brooch on duty is the Flower Basket Brooch.

September 2: Annual appearance at the Braemar Gathering, covered separately here.

August 31: Members of the family were seen driving out of Balmoral on the anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales' death; here's The Queen. I'll spare you links to articles trying to make a big deal out of the fact that they were at Balmoral just like they were in 1997.

August 27: Another church visit can be seen in this gallery at Rex, but can't identify the brooch.

August 20: Finally, a church-goin' brooch we can identify! The Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch is on its sixth appearance for 2017. It seems most of the Royal Family is hanging around Balmoral right now, as the church-goin' crowd included The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Earl and (I think) Countess of Wessex, and Zara and Mike Tindall. Pictures at the link below and also at the DM.

August 13: The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended church at Balmoral, in another unidentifiable brooch. Photos at the Daily Mail.

August 7: The traditional welcome ceremony kicks off the start of The Queen's official residence at Balmoral Castle. Her inspection of the Royal Guard included both the Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge - which is getting a lot of mileage this year - and Cruachan IV, the mischievous regimental mascot that tried to take a bite out of Her Maj's flowers at their last meeting.
Army in Scotland
Army in Scotland

August 6: Church at Balmoral, in an unidentifiable brooch. [Facebook] 

August 5: The Queen made a surprise appearance at the Aboyne Highland Games to mark its 150th anniversary. She wore her Diamond Art Deco Double Clip Brooch. [STV]

July 30: Church at Balmoral, wearing what appears to be an emerald brooch - maybe the Round Cambridge Emerald without its pendant, but it's impossible to say for certain. [Daily Mail]

July 23: Church at Balmoral in the Greville Scroll Brooch.

31 July 2017

The Pearl and Diamond Leaf Brooch

Attending the commemorations for the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a brooch borrowed from The Queen's jewel vault. The Pearl and Diamond Leaf Brooch is a large piece featuring three big pearls at the center of a diamond leaf shape.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Pearl and Diamond Leaf Brooch

This piece is something of an obscure member of The Queen's brooch collection. Its provenance is so far unknown and its appearances are scarce; The Queen most notably wore it during a State Visit to South Korea in 1999 (you can see a photo of her wearing it here at the Royal Jewels of the World Message Board). Now the brooch has joined the growing collection of pieces loaned by The Queen to other members of the Royal Family, a collection which certainly makes one wonder if Her Majesty has recently been sorting through some of the many pieces she never wears these days.

Brooches are not really a regular part of The Duchess of Cambridge's wardrobe, but her use of the Pearl and Diamond Leaf Brooch - together with the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings from the collection of the late Diana, Princess of Wales (first worn for the Spanish state banquet) - adds a nice touch of extra formality for a significant remembrance occasion.

Appearances:
31 July 2017: Passchendaele Centenary Commemoration (on The Duchess of Cambridge)