05 July 2021

Holyrood Week 2021 and Return to Windsor Castle

June 28: The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge, started her annual week of engagements in Scotland, known as Holyrood Week.
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Big update today! The Queen returned to Scotland for her usual week of engagements, enlisting some family members to accompany her on some of her visits.

June 28: The Queen arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and participated in the traditional Ceremony of the Keys.
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A quick change of brooch was in order on Day 1, as the palace arrival includes a welcome from members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the appropriate badge is worn.

June 29: The Queen held audiences at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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The large Nizam brooch is just big enough to stand out on this dress, which we appreciate.

June 29: The The Queen, in her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and The Royal Regiment of Scotland, opened the redeveloped Argyll’s’ Museum in Stirling Castle.
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An outfit and brooch change for the afternoon's engagement, again the appropriate badge.

June 30: The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, visited Glasgow.
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The Albert Sapphire on blue is a can't miss combo.

Prince Albert's Sapphire Brooch

July 1: The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, visited the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute at the University of Edinburgh.
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An unusual color combo here for a ruby brooch, but the red really fades away here. Almost looks like shading.

July 2: Back at Windsor Castle, The Queen received the German Chancellor.
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Back to Windsor and a little bit more work before some fun, breaking out an emerald for Angela Merkel.


July 4: The Queen presented a prize at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
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And the fun: The Queen's been spotted regularly during this year's Royal Windsor Horse Show. A few prize presentations usually bring out a brooch or two, here a nice turquoise.

27 June 2021

Audience at Buckingham Palace and Canadian Armed Forces Call

June 23: The Queen received the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace for an audience.
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This was the first time The Queen and the PM have met in person for their weekly audience since the pandemic began, and a return to Buckingham Palace for The Queen after a lot of virtual work from Windsor Castle.

June 25: The Queen, as Colonel-in-Chief, presented the Legal Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces with a Royal Banner to mark their centenary.
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A Canadian brooch was naturally in order here and it's nice to see one of the newer additions to the collection get another outing!

21 June 2021

Royal Ascot 2021

June 19: The Queen attended Day 5 of Royal Ascot.
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The Queen back at Ascot might feel more like a sign of things going back to normal than the rest of the recent engagements have - but with Covid restrictions still in place, she kept her attendance to one day only. She used the occasion to bring back the Palm Leaf Brooch, always a popular choice but with the reduced appearances over the past year and half, one we haven't seen since 2019.

16 June 2021

American and Australian Visits at Windsor Castle

June 13: The Queen received The President and First Lady of the United States at Windsor Castle.
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Summery floral dresses aren't the best of canvases for brooches, but the Jardine Star is trying its best.

June 15: The Queen received the Australian Prime Minister at Windsor Castle.
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The best known of the brooches with Australian connections makes an appearance here, but even the Wattle has trouble on those prints.

12 June 2021

Trooping the Colour, G7 Summit, and Other Recent Events

June 12: A pared down version of Trooping the Colour was held to celebrate The Queen's Official Birthday at Windsor Castle.
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Larger than last year's but still not at the level of the London version of Trooping the Colour, The Queen repeated a recent favorite outfit and took the unusual step of not wearing a regimental badge for her birthday parade this year. (Last year, she opted for the Welsh Guards Badge; for Trooping the Colour, she usually favors the Guards Badge.)

June 11: The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended events for the G7 Summit with world leaders. The Queen also attended an event for The Big Lunch.
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Bit of a surprise selection here, just the fifth time we've seen the Botswana Flower Brooch worn - a much more sizeable brooch in use than it seems in pictures alone.

June 9: The Queen received a Duke of Edinburgh Rose at Windsor Castle, ahead of what would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday.
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A casual queen for a more personal engagement.

June 8: The Queen held virtual audiences from Windsor Castle.
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Another lovely surprise here; this is only the third time we've seen this butterfly brooch since the site has been operating. 

Finally, I have received some emails and comments so let me add a note on the blog's content at the moment: Not all recent engagements have been covered here. Covering everything and doing so on the day it happens isn't feasible right now. I appreciate your understanding.

26 May 2021

HMS Queen Elizabeth Visit, Virtual Audiences, and a New Loan

May 22: The Queen visited HMS Queen Elizabeth at HM Naval Base in Portsmouth ahead of the ship's maiden deployment.

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The Queen donned a cashmere coat and wool crepe dress by Stewart Parvin with a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat for one of her rare (for these days) engagements outside the palace. The brooch was a gift from The Duke of Edinburgh, long referred to here (and elsewhere) as the Grima Ruby Brooch and referred to by the palace as a Scarab Brooch.


May 25: The Queen held virtual audiences from Windsor Castle.

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Another sorta look at a brooch, this one very triangular up top, which leads me to guess Queen Mary's Russian Brooch.

May 26: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a drive-in cinema event for NHS staff at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Duchess of Cambridge's earrings are on loan from The Queen.

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And finally, a new loan for The Duchess of Cambridge! These earrings are part of the Dubai Looped Sapphire Demi-Parure, a gift to The Queen from Sheikh Rashid of Dubai in 1979. I can't say I've ever loved these revamped earrings, but the color does look stunning here.

19 May 2021

Virtual Audiences

May 14 and 19: The Queen held virtual audiences from Windsor Castle.
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Guessing game season continues, with possibly a Cambridge Pearl Pendant and possibly a Six Petal Diamond Flower, or something along those lines.

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Otherwise, a photo of The Queen and The Prince of Wales was released to kick off The Queen's Green Canopy, an initiative to plant trees for Her Maj's Platinum (!) Jubilee in 2022. It was taken in March, at the same time the photos released around Easter were taken.