23 March 2013

The Queen Mother's Ruby and Diamond Bouquet Brooch

The Queen Mother's Ruby and Diamond Bouquet Brooch
One of The Queen Mother's many brooches was this bouquet of sprays of diamonds and rubies tied with a diamond bow, which has an unknown history. As with the rest of her jewels, it passed to The Queen in 2002, following The Queen Mother's death.
The Queen Mother (left) and the Queen
It's a delicate and dainty piece, but actually pretty large for a brooch. It does not seem to have been worn often by The Queen Mother, and her daughter so far is following suit. She has used it only a handful of times, starting with the Royal Maundy Service in 2008.

Appearances:
25 June 2015: State Visit to Germany, Garden Party
6 June 2014: State Visit to France, State Banquet
2008: Royal Maundy Service

Photos: Getty Images/Garrard