11 July 2012

The Queen Mother's Palm Leaf Brooch

The Queen Mother's Palm Leaf Brooch
One of the Queen Mother's favorite brooches was this palm leaf, created for her by Cartier from stones already in her collection in 1938. It includes a center of brilliant diamonds of varying shapes inside a curved diamond border.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
The Queen Mother wore it throughout her life. It can even be spotted in the iconic "Three Queens in Mourning" photograph taken after the death of King George VI.
Three queens in mourning: Elizabeth II, Mary, and Elizabeth
The current queen inherited the brooch when her mother passed away in 2002, and it pops on and off her list of favorites.
Queen Elizabeth II
Prior to learning any sort of official information on the brooch - from the recently published The Queen's Diamonds, by Hugh Roberts - I, like many jewel watchers, had called this one the Paisley Brooch, and so it will always remain in my mind.

Appearances:
12 June 2014: Westminster School Visit
30 April 2013: State Visit from the UAE, Welcome Ceremony and State Luncheon
1 November 2012: Jubilee Stained Glass Window Unveiling
11 July 2012: Visit to the West Midlands, Day 1
19 May 2012: Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces Parade and Muster 
11 May 2012: Diamond Jubilee Pageant Tea Party
12 March 2012: Commonwealth Day Observance 
2011: Visit to Australia  
2010: Visit to Canada 
2010: Chelsea Flower Show  
2009: Christmas Service 
2009: Royal Maundy Service  

Photos: Getty Images/Corbis/BBC