25 April 2018

Royal Tank Regiment New Standard Presentation and Badge

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, presented the Royal Tank Regiment with a new Standard in St. George's Hall, Windsor Castle.
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The Queen is wearing her regimental badge for this occasion, and this photo nicely shows how it echoes those used on the caps and uniforms worn by the regiment.

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Wearing the Royal Tank Regiment Badge in 1967
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The Royal Tank Regiment Badge is new to the blog today, but far from new to The Queen; she has worn their badge for decades for events with the regiment.


The basic design of the regiment's badges
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The badge features a stylized early tank and the "Fear Naught" motto of the regiment.

22 April 2018

London Marathon

The Queen, from Windsor Castle, was the official starter for the London Marathon.
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Her Maj's very busy weekend culminates in a trip out to the lawn to push a button. And a Cullinan!


21 April 2018

The Queen's Birthday Party

The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, attended a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in celebration of her 92nd birthday.
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The birthday girl was shimmering in gold and decked out in pearls and diamonds, with some of her favorite pieces for evening events that aren't too formal. (Because how formal can one get while watching Shaggy perform, right?)

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The earrings from Queen Alexandra's Wedding Parure and a longer version of her standard three strand pearl necklace will do just fine. I make little attempt to differentiate between her many pearl necklaces here, but we can see that this one has a detailed pearl and diamond clasp.

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Just a little bit of extra bling joined the party in the form of one of The Queen Mother's Cartier bracelets.

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Engagement and Wedding Rings 

The Royal Family packed the seats for this event! Kents in the box to the left, Gloucesters (and Chattos) in the box to the right, and the main royal box filled with members of Her Maj's immediate family, royal fianc├ęs included.

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We'll hit highlights from the other guests at the other blog. We'll catch a pair of sparkly earrings here, though:

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The Duchess of Cornwall wore her Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Diamond Earrings! Love the purple dress and love those dangling gems (not least because we can actually see them beneath the hair, ahem). Her pearl choker is one we actually haven't covered yet, one of her more recent additions with a sapphire (or other dark stone) clasp.

19 April 2018

CHOGM Dinner

The Queen hosted a dinner at Buckingham Palace for representatives and Heads of Government to celebrate the Commonwealth during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). She was joined by multiple members of the Royal Family.

The Queen picked out some surprises for us tonight! First of all, we haven't seen the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara since 2015. Welcome back, Girls.

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Second of all, she brought back the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace! The Duchess of Cambridge borrowed this necklace for the Spanish State Banquet in 2017, but it hasn't been seen on The Queen herself since the 1980s.


Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings finished off the ruby accessories. The Queen also wore her favorite evening watch, a bracelet on her other hand, and several rings.


It's nice to see the jewel surprises continue - and her run of colored gem selections - even with the return of Her Maj's favorite tiara. Very sparkly indeed.

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Diamond and Ruby Bracelet (possibly)
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Note: This was a multiple tiara event for the British royal ladies, and the rest are covered here at the other blog.

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CHOGM Opening Ceremony, Reception, and Audiences

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace. Afterward, The Queen and The Prince of Wales hosted a reception for the new Commonwealth Heads of Government.
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A big chunk of diamonds from the late Queen Mother's collection made its 2018 debut for the CHOGM Opening today. This Shell Brooch is seriously sparkly, observe while you check out all the rest of the royal family members at the ceremony:



The brooch kept its place on Her Maj's interesting skirt suit - color strategically selected so as not to echo the colors of any one country's flag too closely, I expect - as she and The Prince of Wales hosted a reception afterward.

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Engagement and Wedding Rings 


Also today, The Queen received the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Oh, and a tricky one to follow up  I see the Diamond Rose of York Brooch, and the rest of you see about seven different things, based on your comments.

18 April 2018

Commonwealth Walkway Panel Unveiling and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen unveiled a Commonwealth Walkway Panel in the Buckingham Palace Gardens as part of the Outdoor Trust's Commonwealth Walkway project.
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A lovely light outfit for a lovely Spring day, and not a bad background for the big diamonds in this brooch.

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Engagement and Wedding Rings 


Also today, The Queen received the Prime Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister of India for audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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The brooch also made an appearance on the dress underneath, where it is much harder to make out.

17 April 2018

Audience at Windsor Castle

The Queen received the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, for an audience at Windsor Castle.
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There are so many heads of state in town for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this week that The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry all had to pitch in to cover the welcome duties. The Queen met with the President of South Africa and presented him with an interesting gift: letters exchanged between herself and Nelson Mandela marking South Africa's re-entry into the Commonwealth in 1994. You can see the usual gifts of framed photographs are off to the side. The brooch, alas, is much harder to see.

Unidentified Brooch

12 April 2018

King George VI Day Centre Visit

The Queen visited the King George VI Day Centre in Windsor to mark the 60th anniversary of the Centre's opening and the 70th anniversary of the Windsor Old People's Welfare Association.
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Longevity in action: The Queen opened this center for the elderly back in 1958 and gave permission to name it after her father; now she's visiting for its 60th anniversary and is herself older than some of the members she met there.

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Also purple in action, again! The Kent Amethyst is already on its third appearance for the year and we saw it on this same outfit (a coat and dress by Karl Ludwig and hat by Angela Kelly) in February.

11 April 2018

Audience at Windsor Castle

Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next week, The Queen received the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Baroness Scotland of Asthal.
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A furry welcoming committee and new pictures to analyze for those of you that love to look around the room, what an audience. A good brooch, too.

01 April 2018

Easter Service

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attended Easter Service in Windsor.
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Her Maj was bright and Spring-ready today, right in line with the two girls in their Easter best who presented her with flowers after the the service. And we got a lovely view of the Pearl Triangle Brooch, which we've mostly been seeing in glimpses at audiences and investitures.

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It was a great fashion day for the whole family - but that's coming up tomorrow at the other blog.

Pearl Triangle Brooch

29 March 2018

Royal Maundy Service

The Queen attended the Royal Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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Swanky in fur trim this year, but - gasp! - that big fur collar means there's no room for a brooch. I can get over it thanks to this lovely strong blue, and I do love a fur trim...

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...although fur on the edge of the hat brim is maybe just a teeeeeeeensy bit like we were having too much fun with the hot glue gun. Maybe around the base of the hat instead?

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Anyway, a brooch isn't the only staple missing from today's service: The Duke of Edinburgh was expected to attend but had to miss it due to a hip problem. (He was also reported to have missed the recent Grenadier Guards ceremony due to feeling under the weather.) Hopefully he'll feel better soon!

28 March 2018

Audiences at Windsor Castle

The Queen held audiences at Windsor Castle.
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Well, this is all pleasingly coordinated, from queen to room and even to this guest (in white, the President of Estonia; also received today was the Governor-General of Barbados). The Gold Lace Work Brooch is never a favorite of mine, but the gold and rubies are nice with this dress.

27 March 2018

HMS Ocean Decommissioning Ceremony

The Queen, Lady Sponsor, attended the decommissioning ceremony of the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean at HMNB Devonport.
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Interesting that The Queen chose not to wear her HMS Ocean Brooch today; she received it in 2015, and it has only been worn on one occasion. Instead, the diamond Palm Leaf adorned this pink outfit (which I enjoy, possibly minus the button situation). As always, though, she is carefully coordinated for contrast in a sea of uniforms.

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22 March 2018

Grenadier Guards Ceremony for The Duke of York

The Queen attended a parade at St. George's Hall, Windsor, to mark the appointment of The Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
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The Duke of York is taking over from The Duke of Edinburgh as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, an appointment The Queen approved in December and which was marked today as he inspected their parade and took the Royal Salute.

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The Queen's own ties to the Grenadier Guards run deep; she was appointed their Colonel on her sixteenth birthday. So it's no surprise that a quick zoom reveals she wore their badge, distinctive with its blue Garter surround, on her pink suit.

Antoinette Eugster

21 March 2018

The Duchess of Cornwall Debuts Her Plaisterers Badge

The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception to mark The National Literacy Trust's 25th anniversary at Plaisterers' Hall, London.
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We see a lot of gifts handed out around here, but we don't always get to see them worn, which is why I loved this: I believe this is the debut of The Duchess of Cornwall's Worshipful Company of Plaisterers badge, given to her in 2015. She is an Honorary Liveryman of the company; this Literacy Trust event was held at Plaisterers' Hall. You can read more about the badge and see a close up in our original entry here.

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Camilla picked up the blues from the badge with her earrings, turquoise and diamond jewels from her personal collection. A fabulous contrast to her dark jacket and skirt from Anna Valentine!

20 March 2018

Royal Academy of Arts Visit

The Queen visited the Royal Academy of Arts to officially open the Burlington Gardens building and mark the Academy's 250th anniversary.
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Oh, I like this orange ensemble way better on the first day of Spring than I did on Christmas Day. She really pops against the gallery colors, no?

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Today also brings us another delayed 2018 debut for a perennial brooch fave: Queen Victoria's Bow, making its first appearance since November.

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15 March 2018

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, Antoinette Perry, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Always interesting when a brooch with a colored stone is paired with a different color - rubies with green, here - but then again this brooch is barely ruby to start with.

14 March 2018

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Can you believe we haven't seen the popular Aqua Clips since October? Her Maj is delighted to welcome them back.

12 March 2018

Commonwealth Day

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended the Commonwealth Day observance service at Westminster Abbey.
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This is the third year running Her Maj has sported gifts from Down Under for the Commonwealth Day Service!  In 2016, it was the Opal Spray Brooch; last year, it was the Australian Wattle Brooch. Australia, take a bow.

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This year brings us the Australian Hibiscus Brooch, formerly in the collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. We haven't seen this diamond and ruby brooch since 2012 and I did not realize how much I have missed it since right this second. It's absolutely gorgeous, no?


The Queen didn't attend the evening reception hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General again this year (The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke of Cambridge did), so that wrapped up her Commonwealth Day. 

 The rest of the family will be covered at the other blog tomorrow.

08 March 2018

Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee Dinner

The Queen hosted a private dinner at Windsor Castle in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV's leadership as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community. The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of York, The Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were also present.
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This is a surprise, photos from something billed as a private dinner! It feels like it's been forever since we've seen Her Maj all gussied up in her evening best, and even longer since she's worn an evening gown with this much color. This is a treat.

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This colorful gown gets the full diamond treatment, including necklace, earrings, bracelet, watch, and the array of diamond rings she often wears for evening events. (Earrings are bracelet are particularly tough to make out, but my best guesses are below.) Any day with the King Khalid Diamond Necklace is a good day in my book.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 
 Diamond Rings

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We even get some glitter from The Duchess of Cornwall out of the deal. Dressed in an elegant black velvet gown, she too opted for the full diamond treatment.

07 March 2018

Visit from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

The Queen received Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, at Buckingham Palace for a private audience. The Queen also hosted a luncheon for the Crown Prince, who is in the United Kingdom on an official visit.
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I'm not mad at more purple and another appearance for the Women of Hampshire Brooch, not mad at all.

06 March 2018

International Maritime Organization Anniversary

The Queen visited the International Maritime Organization in London to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
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Well, this is weird. The Amethyst Bouquet Brooch went away for a while - no appearances between March 2014 and October 2015 - and when it returned, I noted that the design had been changed. Original and new versions of the same brooch...or so I thought. Some of you insisted that it wasn't a redesign, there were two different brooches. That never made much sense to me. But, well, here we are:

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This is the "original" brooch. It has a round and a pear-shape amethyst at the top instead of the two pear-shapes of the "new" version, along with other differences. And it's back again in 2018. So...two, apparently? Must be two, since the "revised" version was last seen in December 2017, not long ago. That obviously raises a lot of other questions (how long have there been two? Always, or just recently? And if recently...why?), none of which we have the answers to at this point. She's certainly keeping us on our toes, that's all I know.

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Amethyst Bouquet Brooch

For those with particular opinions about how I catalog and document things on this blog: At least at this time, I'm not going to designate two different Amethyst Bouquet Brooches with different names and different entries, because two brooches so similar are bound to create situations where we can't tell which is which. So, like pearl necklaces and Queen Victoria's Bow Brooches, I'm keeping everything lumped together in the same entry with the same name. At least at this time; this brooch entry has already been updated more times than I care to remember, so as with everything else around here, nothing's permanent.

And another P.S.: The Queen was spotted driving herself to church in Windsor on February 25th, not covered independently here because a brooch wasn't visible.

22 February 2018

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

February 21: The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Fresh off its run as one of the most significant brooches of 2017, the Grima Ruby has returned to take a stab at 2018. I'm glad it brings some color to this outfit of Her Maj's, especially when she's standing next to this resplendent guest, the Ambassador of the Republic of Chad.

20 February 2018

Visit to the Royal College of Physicians and London Fashion Week

The Queen visited the Royal College of Physicians to mark its 500th anniversary.
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Love this Stewart Parvin outfit and Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat. The Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch looks great on this background. This was the start of a double dose of pale blue for the day - and a double dose of brooches...



The Queen also visited London Fashion Week, where she watched designer Richard Quinn's fashion show and presented him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
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Today's second engagement was a surprise visit and an absolute treat. Front row at a fashion show with Dame Anna Wintour! People seem very fussed about the fact that Vogue's own queen kept her sunglasses on, which is a thing she always does at fashion shows to help hide her reactions to the show. That's just part of the authentic Anna Wintour Front Row Experience, man.

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This visit was later in the day, so Her Maj was hatless and made an outfit change to something with a bit of sparkle, an Angela Kelly duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket embellished with tiny aquamarine Swarovski crystals. And, of course, the Cullinan V shining away on her shoulder.

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By the way, here's a name we mention all the time but a face you may not know:

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That's Angela Kelly herself. She organized and designed the award, in a shape inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose. The award recognizes the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, and it will be awarded annually to "an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies."

14 February 2018

Commonwealth Diaspora Reception and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duchess of Gloucester, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the Commonwealth Diaspora community.
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Double brooch day! The Jardine Star, a favorite for all occasions, and...

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The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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....the Pearl Triangle, a popular choice for audiences in the past couple years.

13 February 2018

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received Sarah Clarke, who has been appointed the first female Black Rod in the 650-year history of the position in the House of Lords, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.

A little sideways glimpse of a brooch favorite today, to go with this historic appointment.

09 February 2018

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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This is a quick repeat! We just saw this dress on February 2nd, with the same brooch.

08 February 2018

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received His Excellency Ellison Greenslade, High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Greenslade, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Back to the daily grind! At least this daily grind includes something (apparently) amusing, a fabulous hat, a couple of bird statues, and a Queen Mary brooch we haven't seen in four years.

07 February 2018

Return to London

The Queen departed King's Lynn via train at the end of her Sandringham break.
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A good moment for those that like a look into Her Maj's surely massive scarf collection; not such a great moment for those waiting for the brooches. I like that she's ending this Sandringham break with a look back to a past orange Christmas, though - kind of a nice bookend to the season.

04 February 2018

Church in Norfolk

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended church at West Newton, Norfolk, near the Sandringham estate.
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It's still a treat to see this outfit, which dates back at least to Christmas 2009. This red is perfect for Her Maj, and a consistent canvas for various ruby brooches from her collection.

02 February 2018

Visit to RAF Marham

The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore, visited RAF Marham, Norfolk.
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You'll hear no objection from me over a fresh purple outfit and the first amethyst appearance of the year, but you already knew that.

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As always, a Norfolk engagement signals that the end of the Sandringham winter break is near. The Queen usually stays through her accession date (February 6) before heading back to London and her regular public schedule. RAF Marham is a regular Norfolk stop for her; she visits about every other year.

28 January 2018

Church at Sandringham

The Queen and members of The Royal Family attended church at Sandringham, Norfolk.
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And so the Pearl Trefoil begins its quest for another year on the favorites list, one appearance at a time...