19 January 2020

Church in Norfolk

The Queen attended at St. Mary the Virgin church in Hillington, Norfolk, near the Sandringham estate.
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Absolutely love this coat, but I gotta say, I think this is a brooch mismatch.

12 January 2020

Church at Sandringham

The Queen attended church at Sandringham, Norfolk.
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The Singapore brooch is getting an early jump on the 2020 brooch stakes at church today. The Queen was also seen driving herself around Sandringham earlier this week, thanks to the added media attention because of, you know, *gestures widely*.

05 January 2020

Church at Sandringham

The Queen attended church at Sandringham, Norfolk.
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And the first brooch of 2020 is...one of 2019's top picks! You know I'm here for another purple year.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace



While we're doing newsy stuff, the Royal Family released a new four generation photo for a new decade. The portrait was taken by Ranald Mackechnie in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace while the quartet was gathered for their cute little Christmas photo op.

30 December 2019

2019: The Year in The Queen's Jewels

'Tis the season once again, friends. Not the holiday season, no, but the season to wrap up The Queen’s year in jewels with a look back at 2019’s favorite brooches, tiara appearances, loans, and more. (You'll find all previous years linked here, on the In-Depth Features & Lists page.)

The Most Popular Brooches 
The Queen wore more than 50 identifiable brooches in 2019, a tally which is certainly larger in reality than we can count here because this only includes those events which are a) cataloged here and b) featured an identifiable brooch.



All of this year's favorites have appeared on these lists before. It was a very colorful year, though; with the exception of 2013, when the Amethyst Bouquet Brooch tied with the Frosted Sunflower Brooch at number one, this is the first time in my counting that the top of the list has been taken by colorful gemstones.

The Jewel Debuts
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While 2019 brought us some fun rare brooch appearances (the Aquamarine Bar Brooch, the two small Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooches, the Queen Mother's Ruby and Diamond Bouquet Brooch), we had only one real brooch first: the Pink and Black Paisley Brooch, debuted during Holyrood Week.

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Of course, that little brooch was overshadowed by the time Her Maj rolled out the year's biggest surprise: THAT NECKLACE, worn to the Diplomatic Reception. (Which, yes I know, we haven't done an in-depth post on yet.)

The Tiara Appearances
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The use of the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with emeralds for the Diplomatic Reception capped what was also a colorful tiara year. The Burmese Ruby Tiara was seen in action for the first time since this site began for the summer's state visit. We also saw the George IV State Diadem at October's formal State Opening of Parliament.

The Loans
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The Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure was added to the list of loaner jewels this year, first apparently on The Countess of Wessex at the US state banquet, and then the earrings on The Duchess of Cambridge at the Diplomatic Reception. The Countess of Wessex also had her loaner wedding tiara altered for the state banquet. Angela Kelly confirmed what our eyes could see in her book The Other Side of the Coin, adding that the alterations were completed by G. Collins & Sons.

This year also brought us another Windsor wedding, some extra royals for Garter Day, and more! What was your favorite bejeweled moment of 2019?

29 December 2019

Church at Sandringham

The Queen attended church at Sandringham, Norfolk.
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This should be Her Maj's last appearance of 2019! Coming up next: our annual round up of the year in jewels...

25 December 2019

Christmas Service and Christmas Broadcast, 2019

The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, attended Christmas service at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham.
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Happy holidays to you all! The Queen brought us a rare brooch as a Christmas present, wasn't that nice of her? This is from The Queen Mother and it's only been worn a few times by The Queen - and not since 2015.



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A healthy dose of purple was on display among some of the family members accompanying The Queen, much to my delight. The Princess Royal and The Duchess of Cornwall coordinated in grape...

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...and The Countess of Snowdon played along, too. I am always here for a jaunty purple hat.

As for everybody else, well, let the parade of neutral coats begin:

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A little faux fur trim takes a basic coat a long way down the road to chic. (The focus here was really on Prince George and Princess Charlotte anyway, making their Sandringham church debut.)

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We've got serviceable looks from the Wessex ladies...

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...and a serviceable look for Princess Eugenie, too. I do wish she wouldn't have waited until all the way down at the heels of her shoes to add some interest.

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This coat is incredibly flattering on Princess Beatrice, and deserving of something more polished than those boots and something more coordinated than that headpiece.



The Queen's annual message was broadcast on Christmas Day.

And finally, a nice big sapphire for the annual Christmas broadcast. You can watch this year's message below.


22 December 2019

Church at Sandringham

The Queen attended church at Sandringham, Norfolk.
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Bit of a mixed bag outfit for The Countess of Wessex there - but a perfect Christmas-y green for Her Maj with yet another look at one of those Cambridge emeralds.