07 December 2012

The Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch

The Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch
The Queen has received many official gifts, including jewels, over the course of her life. I suppose one might reach a point at which it becomes commonplace, but at the beginning, it's something special. This brooch is one of those first gifts, and it seems to have retained a special status in the Queen’s collection.
The Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch, a chrysanthemum with diamond petals and a center of multiple sapphires, all set in platinum, was a gift to then-Princess Elizabeth for launching the British Princess oil tanker in 1946. The brooch was given by Sir James Laing & Sons Limited and the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Limited. She wore it often in the early years, before her collection grew.
The brooch has made a few notable appearances, including for Princess Anne’s christening and famously for both the honeymoon photo and recreation of that photo for the 60th wedding anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen continues to wear the brooch today.

Appearances: 
16 June 2015: Audience at Windsor Castle
5 April 2015: Easter Service
3 February 2014: Visit to RAF Marham
5 June 2013: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
2 March 2012: Investiture at Windsor Castle
1 January 2012: Attending Church in Norfolk 
1996: 70th Birthday Walkabout
1957: Royal Maundy Service 
1952: Christmas Broadcast  

Photos: The Royal Collection/Corbis/PA