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.

12 May 2021

State Opening of Parliament, and Virtual Audiences

May 11: The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, traveled to the Palace of Westminster to open the Session of Parliament.
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Another "dressed down" State Opening called for an outfit we saw at Ascot in 2019 (the dress was worn for Prince Philip's 99th birthday picture last year) and a reappearance of the Aquamarine Clip Brooches. It feels like forever since we've seen them but in reality, just a year.
 
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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were also in attendance, The Duchess wearing The Queen Mother's Rock Crystal Brooch
 
 
May 10 and 12: The Queen held virtual audiences from Windsor Castle.
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In other recent news, its a mix of casual and pure brooch guessing for two virtual engagements.
 
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05 May 2021

Virtual Audiences

April 27: The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle. 

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The Queen has resumed public duties with a group of virtual audiences. Her first public engagement after Prince Philip's funeral was this one, with the large Nizam of Hyderabad brooch.

 
 
April 29 and May 5: The Queen held more audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle.
 
And for the most recent two, it seems we get to resume the traditional audience brooch guessing.

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17 April 2021

Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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I don't have many words for this sad occasion or sad picture. We'll do what we do: the Richmond Brooch from Queen Mary is a familiar selection, in recent years worn for happier occasions such as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding and The Queen's 90th birthday service, but also no stranger to remembrance occasions, having been in regular use at the annual Festival of Remembrance.

 
 
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 The Duchess of Cornwall's brooch was a nod to The Duke of Edinburgh. She took over as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from Prince Philip and this badge was commissioned for her by the Regiment.

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Finally, The Duchess of Cambridge wore two pieces on loan from The Queen, both of which she has worn previously: the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings and the Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker. She first wore the choker to attend the dinner held in honor of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's platinum wedding anniversary in 2017.

09 April 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh was 99 years old. May he Rest in Peace.

Royal Voluntary Service Video Call, Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Visit, and Easter Photos

March 19: The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall joined a video call thanking volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service.
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Catching up on a few prior engagements before the day's sad news: the Cambridge Pearl Pendant had its first appearance of the year...

 
 
March 31: The Queen visited The Royal Australian Air Force Memorial.
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...the Australian Wattle Brooch made its first appearance since 2019 as a country-appropriate choice for The Queen's first engagement outside for the year...
 
 
 
April 2: Photographs of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, taken March 23 at Frogmore House, were released.
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...and finally, without any public Easter service, Easter weekend was marked by some new photos of monarch and heir.