24 July 2014

Commonwealth Games Visit

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited several venues at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
Done with the neutrals, for today's meanderings HM coordinated well for photobombing the Australian team and went Scottish with her brooch, the Three Thistle Brooch. The brooch was swapped to the dress underneath during the day.

Three Thistle Brooch (Now with updated provenance information!)

Photo: WPA Pool via Getty

23 July 2014

Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games

The Queen opened the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
For more: Video of the opening, gallery from Zimbio, article from the Daily Mail.
This reminds me of the Queen's peach outfit from the Olympics opening ceremony - a color carefully chosen so as not to appear to be cheering for any particular country. (And on that same note, I'd wager the brooch's provenance, which is unknown to us, is probably not tied strongly to any Commonwealth entity either.)

Photo: Commonwealth Games video

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)