06 July 2012

The Six Petal Diamond Flower Brooch

The Six Petal Diamond Flower Brooch
The Queen has had this brooch since she was Princess Elizabeth. It's composed of six diamond petals surrounding a large single diamond collet. Each diamond petal has a row of larger diamonds down the center. It's a common design; Princess Alexandra has a similar model in her own collection.
An article by Frederick Corbitt*, Deputy Comptroller of Supply at Buckingham Palace in the 1930s and 1940s, identified this brooch as one given by the Household staff to Princess Elizabeth for her 21st birthday. It was an antique of Brazilian diamonds. This suggested provenance adds a thoughtful touch to the young Elizabeth's choice to wear the brooch when announcing her 1947 engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, just a couple months after she received the gift.

*With thanks to Adelaide in the comments!

Appearances:
17 October 2017: Audience at Buckingham Palace
22 July 2014: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
3 July 2014: Scottish National War Memorial Service
28 January 2014: Thornham Village Hall Opening
23 June 2013: Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup
1 June 2013: Epsom Derby
6 July 2012: Holyrood Week, Day 5
15 March 2012: Re-Opening Kensington Palace 
10 February 2012: Audiences at Buckingham Palace 
2007: Royal Ascot
1947: Engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten 

Photos: PA/Vogue/Life