01 September 2018

The Braemar Gathering

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Rothesay, The Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, attended the annual Braemar Gathering in Scotland.
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Ah yes, the jolliest occasion of the Scottish summer break is upon us! And so is our annual sighting of the Braemar Feather Brooch.

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We're still keeping up with all the rest of the Balmoral appearances on the big Balmoral Holiday post, of course. Her Maj's theme for the summer is blue, have you noticed?

06 August 2018

Balmoral Holiday, 2018

By Nick Bramhall from Aberdeen, UK - Balmoral Castle Uploaded by Kurpfalzbilder.de, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Queen started her annual summer Balmoral holiday on July 19. She stayed at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral estate while the castle was still open to the public as she usually does, followed by taking up official residence at the castle itself on August 6. Her break usually ends around late September/early October with an engagement or two in Scotland before heading south.

Any appearances by The Queen during her holiday will be gathered in this post.


September 16: NEW! Another church brooch that needs no debate: the Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch.

September 9: Church again and hmm, interesting, this kinda looks like a badge to me. We'll see what you think. Here's a gallery for your investigation. [Zimbio]
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September 2: The Cullinan V Brooch stands out beautifully on this navy coat for another Sunday at Crathie Kirk.
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September 1: The annual Braemar Gathering has its own post right here.

August 26: More members of the Royal Family have arrived at Balmoral. The Queen, wearing the Pearl Navette Brooch, was joined in her car for church by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess wore the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from The Queen. [Evening Standard]

August 19: A good effort from the Pearl Trefoil Brooch here, trying to stand out on this beige tweed for another Sunday church outing.

August 12: It's about time for a thistle brooch. The Three Thistle Brooch was worn to church at Balmoral. Princess Beatrice accompanied her grandmother, wearing a fabulous Garbo hat. [People, Sun]

August 6: The Queen starts her official residency at Balmoral Castle with the traditional welcome ceremony. This always includes inspecting a Royal Guard, so of course the Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge was the pick.
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August 5: Church at Balmoral, and if history's an indication, not the first time this summer the brooch will be tough to identify.

July 29: Church at Crathie Kirk near the Balmoral estate, her place of worship while in residence, wearing the Jardine Star Brooch. [Hello]

14 July 2018

Visit from The King and Queen of the Belgians

The Queen received The King and Queen of the Belgians at Windsor Castle.
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This is very exciting! Both that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde swung by for a chat (they were in London for a ceremony commemorating Belgians fallen during World Wars I and II, which happened to place them in England on the day of the Belgium/England World Cup match), and that this marks an eagerly anticipated brooch debut.

Belgian Royal Palace

It's the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch! A special gift from Canada presented to Her Maj last year and one I, like many of you, have been eager to see in action. These patterned dresses do a number on brooch detail (we know that from 99% of her audiences); in this case, the blue at the center of the piece has practically disappeared. But it's perfectly sized to her preferences, and I hope it's the beginning of many appearances.

As always, full info and more detail (including close ups) of the brooch can be found at the brooch link below.

13 July 2018

Meeting at Windsor Castle

The Queen met the current US president at Windsor Castle.
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This is the outfit The Queen wore to last year's "dressed down" State Opening of Parliament. At the time, the hat was accessorized with yellow-centered blue flowers, making it look distinctly reminiscent of the European flag. I guess that feedback made it back to the palace, because the hat has since been redone, a bow replacing the flowers. Her Maj chose her mother's paisley brooch for today's event, echoing the swirling pattern of this blue fabric. And that's all we have to say about today.

12 July 2018

Audience at Windsor Castle

The Queen received the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar for an audience at Windsor Castle.
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I thought this brooch would be a one-and-done thing, never to be seen after its original "courtesy" appearance - only because it's not really Her Maj's style - so this was a big surprise! This is what I've blandly called the American State Visit Brooch, a gift from President and Mrs. Obama on their state visit in 2011. The petals are moss agate, a unique material in her brooch collection. You can read more about it in our flashback to that state visit here.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

So you'll note I'm pretty specifically NOT making a comment on why she may have chosen to wear this brooch today. That's because I like to keep politics away from here. Call it a measure of personal sanity. Thanks in advance for playing along.

11 July 2018

Audience at Buckingham Palace

July 10: The Queen received the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, with her husband David Gascoigne for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Missed this yesterday, amidst all the RAF happenings: another appearance for the Pearl Triangle, a perennial audience favorite.

10 July 2018

RAF Centenary

The Queen, accompanied by Members of The Royal Family, attended events to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, including a service at Westminster Abbey, a Presentation of the Colours at the Buckingham Palace forecourt, and a fly past watched from the balcony.

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Can't really go wrong with blue for an RAF event, can you? While some of the other ladies of the family wore badges related to specific RAF groups with which they are associated, I suppose there are simply too many of those in The Queen's collection to decide. She went neutral with the Jardine Star.

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Three Strand Pearl Necklace

This was a big event for the whole family, and the rest of the lot will be coming up on the other blog tomorrow!