29 August 2012

Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic Games

The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, officially opened the London Paralympic Games.
Well, that settles it: I'm going to be disappointed every time she rolls up without a movie star or a parachute from now on.


Photos:MSN

26 August 2012

Church at Balmoral

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attended services at Crathie Church during her annual Balmoral break.
While everyone else talks about how this was the Duke of Edinburgh's first appearance since his release from the hospital, let's talk about the brooch: a stag. Hmm. How very Balmoral!


Photo: Jim Bennett/Telegraph

The Gold Stag Brooch

The Gold Stag Brooch
The Queen has brooches that are more generic in form and those that are quite specific, depicting symbols or items. One such specific brooch is this gold number in the shape of a stag. I'm not aware of a publicly known provenance for this brooch, but with such a design and its use at Balmoral, a guess of a gift from an organization related to the country or hunting or perhaps a family member might be logical.

Appearances:
10 August 2013: Crathie Sale
26 August 2012: Church at Balmoral

Photo: Jim Bennett/Telegraph

19 August 2012

Church at Balmoral

The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, attended services at Crathie Church during her annual Balmoral break.
Good hat. No clue what that brooch might be, but good hat.

Unidentifiable Brooch

Photo: PA

18 August 2012

Updates from the Past and a New Brooch Alert

Past Updates: As time allows, I add events and jewels worn in the past by the Queen. I'm currently working my way back through the 2012 events which occurred before the blog started. These posts are dated back to when they actually occurred, so they don't appear on the front page of the blog. In case you missed them, here are this week's past event and jewel updates: 

May 22: Audiences at Buckingham Palace

May 22: Buckingham Palace Garden Party

The Diamond and Gold Rose Brooch

May 21: Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Iris Brooch

May 19: Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces Parade and Muster

May 18: Diamond Jubilee Sovereigns' Luncheon 

May 17: Visit to the North West, Day 2

May 16: Visit to the North West, Day 1

The Queen Mother's Shell Brooch


New Brooch Alert: It seems the Queen has yet another Jubilee present coming her way, in the form of another brooch for her collection. The British Jewellers’ Association is putting on a competition to find the best design to use donated gold from around the United Kingdom. Click here to read more about the competition; a link within the article will allow you to view and vote on the potential designs. Which is your favorite?

12 August 2012

Church at Balmoral

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attended services at Crathie Church during her annual Balmoral break.
Later this week, Prince Philip was taken to the hospital from for a recurrence of the bladder infection that brought him down earlier this summer. Get well soon, Phil!


Photos:PacificCoastNews