25 April 2015

Gallipoli Centenary Commemorations

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke of Cambridge, attended services to commemorate the centenary of the World War I Gallipoli Campaign and the sacrifices of Commonwealth troops, particularly those of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) forces.
Commemorations are happening around the world today, and in London, The Queen attended first a ceremony at the Cenotaph where she laid a wreath, followed by a service at Westminster Abbey. In addition to The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Cambridge, and her Lady-in Waiting, Her Majesty was accompanied by her Australian private secretary Samantha Cohen.

She wore the Palm Leaf, a.k.a. Paisley, Brooch from her mother's jewel collection today, always an appropriate selection for events like this.
Hat switch! A smaller brimmed black hat was a more practical choice for the outdoor Cenotaph ceremony, before she switched into the wider brim white and black hat that belongs with this outfit.
Three Strand Pearl Necklace (Mostly covered by jacket)

Other royals joining in other commemoration ceremonies around the world:

The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry have been in Turkey on the Gallipoli peninsula yesterday and today, where several events have been held.

Joined by world leaders including the Prime Minister of Australia, they've met relatives of veterans, attended a dawn service, and even received some gifts from widows of Australian Gallipoli veterans.

The Duke of Kent traveled to Australia, where he joined commemorations at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence attended a dawn service in London at Wellington Arch.

And finally, beyond the British royal family, Denmark's Crown Princess Mary joined a service in Copenhagen today. Mary, of course, is from Australia. Click here for a video, or here for an article and picture (in Danish).

Photos:BBC screencap, via Getty Images as indicated, BilledBladet screencap

22 April 2015

The Duke of Edinburgh's Knight of the Order of Australia Presentation

The Queen presented The Duke of Edinburgh with the Insignia of a Knight of the Order of Australia at Windsor Castle. Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer was also present.
It was a controversial decision from Australian PM Tony Abbott to appoint Prince Philip a Knight of the Order of Australia, but the insignia is here and it is fancy.
 Even Her Maj couldn't resist a peek at the bling. The golden disks are decorated with citrines, and the blue enameled centers bear the coat of arms of Australia. They're topped by St. Edward's Crown, and the blue ribbons are decorated with golden wattle flower designs.

Alas, though HM was sporting some brooch bling of her own, I haven't been able to make it out. Something involving pearls. She's also still in "week off" mode, with her simple pearl studs instead of her usual pearl and diamond earrings and her black strap watch.

 Unidentified Brooch

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21 April 2015

The Greville Ivy Leaf Brooches

A birthday jewel for the birthday girl...A very happy 89th birthday to Her Majesty today!

The Greville Ivy Leaf Brooches
Princess Elizabeth celebrated her 21st birthday in the midst of her 1947 tour of Africa with her parents and sister. It was a prosperous birthday for her jewel collection, with presents including the Flame Lily Brooch from Rhodesia and her "best diamonds" from South Africa (and a prosperous year for the collection overall, as she would add her many wedding presents to the vault later on!). Her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, contributed to the birthday jewel haul with this set of diamond clips in the form of leaves of ivy. Each leaf includes a central brilliant diamond and pavé-set leaves in platinum.
Like several of the gifts she received from her parents in her early years, these brooches came from Queen Elizabeth's existing jewel collection. The Queen's Diamonds by Hugh Roberts revealed that they were part of the large Greville bequest, the collection of jewels belonging to the Hon. Mrs. Ronald Greville which were bequeathed to the future Queen Mother in 1942. The ivy leaf brooches were made by Cartier, the first before 1930 and the second in 1937.
The Queen could occasionally be seen in those early years having a bit of fun with these brooches, perching one on her hat (as seen above, with President Truman) or placing them on opposite sides of her neckline. Today, you'd be most likely to see them both on one side in traditional brooch position, though sadly they have become a rather rare sight. They are quite elegant little jewels, and I would love to see them enter the regular brooch rotation again!

Photos: Royal Collection/Queen Elizabeth II/Field, and via Getty Images

19 April 2015

Canadian Regiment Reception

The Queen, along with The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Alexandra of Kent, attended a reception honoring the bravery of Canadian service people in the First World War at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London.
Busy weekend for Her Maj, no? A couple days at the races, a brooch debut, and now a reception with another new-to-the-blog brooch! It's a badge, actually, the badge of the Calgary Highlanders. You can read more about it here.
 This reception honored three specific Canadian regiments and gathered their respective royal colonels-in-chief for the occasion: the Calgary Highlanders (The Queen), the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (The Duke of Edinburgh), and the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Alexandra).
The lovely Princess Alexandra wore a badge of her own, representing the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's). And some lovely pearls and diamonds too, as an added bonus!

Photos:via Getty Images

The Calgary Highlanders Badge

Calgary Highlanders Badge (Example Illustration)
The badge of the Calgary Highlanders is topped by St. Edward's Crown and features a beaver and maple leaves representing Canada, with a St. Andrew's Cross and thistles representing Scotland. The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, has a brooch version of the cap badge.
According to a Press Association report, it is a white gold and diamond sweetheart brooch, created especially for her by the regiment.

19 April 2015: Canadian Regiment Reception

Photos: Wikimedia Commons, ITNSource video

18 April 2015

The Queen's Diamond Art Deco Double Clip Brooch

The Queen's Diamond Art Deco Double Clip Brooch

Set with diamonds including round and baguette cuts in two triangular shapes, this brooch looks like an example of the popular Art Deco double clip style - probably two separate brooches that can be worn together, as The Queen did when she first wore this piece at the Newbury Races, or separately. A similar example of the classic style was owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and is now worn by The Countess of Wessex.

18 April 2015: Newbury Races

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Newbury Races

The Queen attended Newbury Races at Newbury Racecourse.
Oh la la! A little brooch intrigue for our weekend - I think this one is new to me! Diamonds, and I'd say it's a double clip style, perhaps even can be separated into two...any thoughts?

Pearl Necklace (Can't see how many strands)

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