10 December 2014

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the new First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, for an audience at Buckingham Palace.
For more: BBC article and video, Zimbio gallery.
It takes a lot of pattern power to make the Flower Basket Brooch disappear, and yet here we are. Not one of my favorite dress-to-brooch pairings, I gotta say.


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09 December 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
The heart-shaped Cullinan is a perfect match for this textured pink dress, which is a repeat from the French state visit, but worn without the jacket this time - a big improvement, I'd say.


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05 December 2014

Investiture and Audience at Windsor Castle, and Christening

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty also received His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams for an audience upon his appointment as Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda.
For more: ITV video, Zimbio gallery.
She gives her traditional gift, a portrait of herself...and receives one in return! Gotta love that.
The audience gives us a return of the Palm Leaf a.k.a. Paisley Brooch, which has only had one other appearance this year. The investiture likely has the same.



Also, last weekend, The Queen attended the christening of her great-granddaughter Mia Tindall. 

Photos: WPA Pool via Getty Images, ITV Video

28 November 2014

Holyport College Visit

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Holyport College, Berkshire.
Speaking of new brooches...here's the treat HM got from Saskatchewan last year, already on its third outing. That's a nice run for a new brooch. Methinks she likes it. (I like it too!)


Photo: ITNSource video

27 November 2014

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the newly appointed High Commissioner of Barbados, Mr. Guy Hewitt, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
For some reason, this brooch is looking a little crumpled to me and a bit hard to identify right here, but it is just the larger Nizam brooch.


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The FEI Lifetime Achievement Award Brooch

The Queen was presented with the inaugural FEI Lifetime Achievement Award on November 26, 2014 by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, President of the FEI, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale). The award, given in honor of her lifelong support of equestrian sport, includes this brooch. Made of diamonds set in white gold and created specially for The Queen, it mirrors the insignia of the FEI Awards (seen below). The design is a shape created from nine interlocking horseshoes.
 
I think this is a lovely design, including a connection to Her Majesty's passion but without being overly themed, and it will be interesting to see how The Queen uses it.

26 November 2014

FEI Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation (and a New Brooch Alert!)

At Buckingham Palace, The Queen was presented with the FEI Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale). The award was presented by FEI President Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. The Duke of Edinburgh was also present.
For more: Express and Star article, FEI press release.
From the FEI: "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today became the first recipient of the FEI Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her leading role as supporter of equestrian sport throughout her reign as British monarch." She looks delighted, as well she should.
And the FEI knows her well - the gift was a new brooch! Again from the FEI: "The award is a stunning white gold and diamond brooch of nine interlinked horseshoes, created especially for today’s presentation, and mirroring the insignia of the FEI Awards." Looking forward to seeing it in action. (Update: Here's a post on the brooch itself, including close up view.) Until then, the brooch for today's presentation was the trusty old Flower Basket.