26 May 2016

The Royal Artillery Badge, and the Royal Artillery's 300th Anniversary

The Queen wearing the badge of the Royal Artillery
The Queen has been Captain General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery since she took the throne in 1952. As with other regiments, she has a brooch version of their cap badge. This badge bears their mottos, Ubique (Everywhere) and Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Where Right and Glory Lead), with diamonds and enamel details.
Badge example
The brooch is worn to regimental events, such as the one held today.

The Queen, Captain General, visited the Royal Artillery on the occasion of their 300th anniversary, Larkhill, Wiltshire.
And she wore the brooch while reviewing her troops like a boss from her custom Range Rover, as one who bears the title of Captain General should. A boss in pink summer tweed (a coat by Karl Ludwig and hat by Angela Kelly), with all the usual pearls included.

Royal Artillery Badge

25 May 2016

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace. She also hosted the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae, and his wife, Lady Janine Mateparae, for lunch.

Even with this lovely shot the brooch is hard to pick out, which made me laugh. Still, I believe we have the Pearl Trefoil here. And I believe that's a gift for HM that Lady Janine is carrying...wonder what she got...

24 May 2016

The Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch

The Queen wearing the Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch
Debuted at today's Buckingham Palace garden party, this brooch is centered around a large diamond in a diamond setting with circular palmette-like motifs that show an Art Deco design influence. The outside of the brooch is uniquely lined in pearls, and the whole piece has an interesting marquise/oval ("moval") or navette shape (hence the name I have chosen to use here).
The Royal Family
It does not seem that any further details on the brooch's provenance are immediately available. It has a modern look to it, Deco design features and all. Whether it was a recent gift or something unearthed from the vaults, we'll have to wait and see if we learn more.

24 May 2016: Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Buckingham Palace Garden Party

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family held a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Literally just the other day, I was thinking to myself that it has been ever so long since we've had something NEW on the scene - and poof! Here we go. (Guess we can add mind reading to Her Maj's list of powers.) This is a brooch debut today, so break out your jumpy claps! She's ending her Buckingham Palace garden party season with a bang. (More in the brooch entry linked below.)
Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Plenty of members of the Royal Family were on hand for garden party backup: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and The Duke of Kent.
Well, the lovely simplicity of the York sisters at yesterday's Chelsea Flower Show has flown the coop. But somebody had to bring a little color and print to the party, and I'm glad they did.

23 May 2016

Chelsea Flower Show

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family visited the Chelsea Flower Show.

Breathe easy, troops: we've made it another year without The Hairnet. We did, however, get our mandatory yearly appearance of the Chelsea Iris Brooch, Her Maj's Diamond Jubilee gift from the Royal Horticultural Society. The brooch includes a yellow diamond, tourmalines, amethysts, sapphires, and diamonds in white gold.

Photo: The Royal Family
(How cool is that display?!)

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

As always, The Queen was joined by several of her family members at the show. A few of my faves tomorrow on the other blog.

21 May 2016

Audience at Buckingham Palace

May 20: The Queen presented composer Oliver Knussen with The Queen's Medal for Music during an audience at Buckingham Palace.

I think the angle may be playing some tricks here. Brooch thoughts, friends?

Unidentified Brooch

19 May 2016

Buckingham Palace Garden Party

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family held a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Doesn't The Duke look particularly dapper today? This is a sharp tie. The Queen's minty ensemble is...hmm, but the Cullinan V can be spotted from a mile away, so that's all as it should be.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Also in attendance...
This choker used to be more of a special occasion thing for The Duchess of Cornwall, and I'm extremely glad to see it becoming an everyday selection this year. The petite Prince of Wales feathers brooch she wore on her wedding day is a nice touch. (Though I must say I'm a little dubious on the rest of the outfit, which you can see here.)

Photos: The Royal Family
And last but not least: The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra of Kent! Princess Alexandra's looking fresh and nearly as sporty as one can in a massive garden party hat, with that striped scarf on.