The New and "New" Brooches
- FEI Lifetime Achievement Award (Not yet worn)
- Turquoise and Diamond Brooch
- Multi-Color French Flower Brooch
- Bronte Porcelain Brooch
- Double Swan Brooch
- Mappin & Webb Orchid Brooch
- Triple Diamond Bar Brooch
- Tutti Frutti Bouquet Brooch, previously only spotted in the pages of Angela Kelly's book
- Botswana Flower Brooch, previously exhibited but not publicly worn
- Daffodil Spray Brooch, seen last year in a portrait, but not seen worn in public until this year
- Saskatchewan Tourmaline Flower Brooch, gifted last year and first worn this year. The tourmaline brooch racked up three appearances for the year, an unusual amount for a new gift.
- Queen Alexandra's Wedding Brooch, worn for what seems to be just the second time in the reign
- The Queen Mother's Ruby and Diamond Bouquet Brooch was worn by The Queen for only the second time
- Little-known brooches like the Opal Spray Brooch and the Emerald and Diamond Celtic Knot Brooch were brought out to play again
- And so many more!
The Most Popular Brooches
- Frosted Sunflower Brooch
- Pearl Trefoil Brooch
- Flower Basket Brooch
- Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch
- Aquamarine Clip Brooches tied with Flame Lily Brooch tied with Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch
The Tiara Appearances
- Irish State Banquet
- Order of the Bath Service
- State Opening of Parliament
- French State Banquet
- Singapore State Banquet
My Favorite Tiara Event of the Year
Video: The Queen's speech at the Irish State BanquetThis was a no-brainer for me. Not only was it the only time we saw something apart from the favorite Girls (which is my favorite tiara, don't get me wrong, but I am a fan of variety more than anything else), it had been quite a few years since The Queen wore the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with emeralds in place and other pieces of the Cambridge and Delhi Durbar Parure on display. It was an historic visit and Her Majesty treated it as such, to our great delight.
My Favorite Brooch Event of the Year
And one last bonus category...
Biggest Loans of the Year
This round up is already too wordy, but I could go on and on. It's been a tremendously fun year to watch what emerges from the royal vault, and I can only hope there are more surprises to come in 2015. It's already guaranteed to be an historic year, as QEII will officially pass Queen Victoria to become the longest reigning British monarch in history in September. Her Majesty will also welcome another great-grandchild when the second Cambridge baby arrives around April, and the first tiara event of the year is already on the books for a state visit from Mexico in March. The New Year Honours list has just been published, promising lots of interesting investitures, and I'm already hoping The Queen personally handles making Joan Collins into a Dame.
A heartfelt thank you from me to all of you who have joined in the fun this year, and I hope you'll stick around for the next!
Do tell: What were your favorite jewel moments for The Queen in 2014?
Photos: Via Getty Images as indicated; PA, British Monarchy and Parliament video