18 October 2014

British Champions Day at Royal Ascot

The Queen visited Ascot Racecourse for the QIPCO British Champions Day.
For more: Article from the Daily Mail, Zimbio gallery 1, Zimbio gallery 2.
The snazzy buttons return for a day at the races!

Photo:Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty Images

17 October 2014

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle, at which Dame Maggie Smith was made a Companion of Honour.
Everything about this is excellent. Dame Maggie Smith: Excellent, in every way. The Flame Lily Brooch: Excellent. A celebrity getting an award so that we can see the video of the investiture and thus actually see said brooch: Excellent. Her Maj's trusty handbag, perched on the chair behind her as though it requires its own throne: Excellent, and hilarious.

Photo:BBC video

16 October 2014

Visit to the Tower of London

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Tower of London to pay tribute at the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red memorial ceramic poppy installation and to visit the Chapel Royal.
For more: Telegraph article and video, ITNSource video, Zimbio gallery 1, Zimbio gallery 2. For more on the poppy installation, see the Tower of London site.
Undoubtedly an eye was kept here to the color of Her Majesty's outfit and the background of poppies, because the contrast really serves to accentuate the massive scale of this installation. And massive is the word, as the Tower marks the centenary of the First World War by progressively filling the moat with 888,246 ceramic poppies.

As far as brooches go, the green suit was accompanied by the top portion of the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch, without its pendant. This is the third time we've seen this one used this year, but we haven't seen the pendant yet in 2014.

Photos: Chris Jackson via Getty Images, and ITNSource video

15 October 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
I'd say this could be the Pearl Trefoil Brooch, but we've returned to the audiences where you can hardly see the bling. ETA: Courtesy of an HQ version posted by Go Fug Yourself, yes, this is the Pearl Trefoil.

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14 October 2014

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received Dame Marguerite Pindling, newly appointed Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, for an audience at Buckingham Palace, and invested her with the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.
For more: Gallery from Zimbio.
Now this is what you wear to meet The Queen! In fact, Dame Marguerite might be the only person to ever out-coordinate QEII. Her Maj's handbag, impeccably shiny though it may be, just can't compete. (It is a little different than her favorite square style, though. I'm not sure what it says about me that that's the first thing I noticed when looking at these pics.) Anyway, the Cullinan V Brooch is out to play here, and by my records we haven't seen it since March 2013, which is a pretty long break for this former favorite.

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10 October 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Gallery from Zimbio, article from the BBC
Well, of the audiences held today, the one above isn't the headline-maker, but it does show the brooch. Here's the one you came for:

Angelina Jolie, awarded an honorary damehood for her humanitarian efforts. And wearing a version of one of my favorite Ralph & Russo runway looks while at it! Tremendously elegant.

Photos: WPA Pool via Getty Images

08 October 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace and Investiture

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Gallery from Zimbio.
Break's over, folks! Back to work and back to brooches, this one being the larger of the brooches that go with the Nizam of Hyderabad set of jewels.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

Update: The following day, October 9, Her Majesty held an investiture at Buckingham Palace. Per usual, no brooch was to be seen.

Photo:Pool via Getty Images