25 August 2019

Balmoral Holiday, 2019

Hansueli Krapf, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Queen's annual break at Balmoral in Scotland is in full swing, with a couple of Sunday church appearances ahead of her official welcome to the castle. The Balmoral holiday usually lasts into October.

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

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NEW! August 25: I'm so glad we got a decent view of today's church brooch - we've only seen the Diamond and Ruby Butterfly Brooch one other time since this site started, back in 2012. We probably have Her Maj's car companion, The Duchess of Cambridge, to thank for that.
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August 18: The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch gets its third outing of the year for a trip to church with the Wessexes (or the Forfars, I suppose, since Edward now has the title of The Earl of Forfar for use when in Scotland).
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August 17: The Queen attended a craft fair at Crathie Kirk Hall in the biggest brooch of the break so far, Queen Mary's Turquoise and Diamond Brooch.


August 11: The Small Pink and Diamond Brooch for another Sunday drive to church.
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August 6: The Queen's official welcome (after staying at another property until the castle closes to visitors and is readied for her) involves a guard of honor and therefore, as it often does, the Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge.
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August 4: Another Sunday church mystery and my half thought is maybe the Greville Scroll Brooch? [Daily Mail]


July 28: The first Sunday outing for church at Crathie Kirk of the break, and unsurprisingly, the brooch is difficult to identify.

24 July 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an audience with Theresa May, who tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. The Queen next received Boris Johnson and requested him to form a new Administration. He is the 14th Prime Minister of Her Majesty's reign.
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The Queen should have started her Balmoral break last week but she was held back due to, you know, this whole situation. Buckingham Palace is already open to the public for the summer, so she briefly came in from Windsor Castle for the prime minister switcheroo and then left the palace immediately after.

17 July 2019

Viewing the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening Exhibition

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, viewed an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth ahead of Buckingham Palace's summer opening.
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No brooch, and for a Queen Victoria-related event?! Color me surprised she didn't at least throw on Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch or something.

16 July 2019

Presentation of The Queen’s Truncheon

The Queen inspected The Queen's Truncheon, the ceremonial staff of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, during an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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It's already our third sighting of the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch for the year, think it has a shot at making the year's most popular brooch list? (It did back in 2015.)

11 July 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Great brooch-to-dress match here, no?

10 July 2019

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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There's juuuuuuust enough brooch peeking out here to call it the Pearl Trefoil.

09 July 2019

Visit to Cambridge and Dersingham Village Center Opening

The Queen visited Cambridge for a day of engagements at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Queen’s College, and Royal Papworth Hospital.
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This visit has everything: a bonus royal, a dress showcase, a little brooch tidbit, and a monarch in sassy mode. The bonus royal is of course The Duchess of Gloucester, who joined in for visit to Royal Papworth Hospital because she is the hospital's Patron.

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For those of you who like seeing the matching dresses underneath the coats, this visit offers you a good look at a bold take on her usual florals.

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A brooch tidbit! The press notes this brooch is the "Singapore Shield" gold brooch, so now we know what the palace calls it. I've been calling it the Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch around here.



And finally, some 93-year-old sass: Offered assistance with a ceremonial tree planting, Her Maj replied, "No, no, I'm not too old to plant a tree."

Three Strand Pearl Necklace


July 5: The Queen officially opened the new village center in Dersingham, West Norfolk.

While at Sandringham this weekend, The Queen made what was billed as a private visit to Dersingham for an engagement. You can see a couple pictures here at Lynn News; the appearance marks the return of the Aquamarine Clips - favorites (former favorites?) that have been absent since March 2018.

Aquamarine Clip Brooches