20 November 2019

Chatham House Prizegiving, Audiences at Buckingham Palace, and Church at Windsor Castle

The Queen attended the 2019 Chatham House Prizegiving event at Chatham House, London. Earlier in the day, she held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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The Small Pink and Diamond Brooch was the definite selection for the evening's event...

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...and it was my first thought for the day, although it looks like that could be something of a different shape in the end. Two outfits does usually mean two different brooches.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 


November  17: The Queen attended church while staying at Windsor Castle for the weekend.

No question here, though: the Flower Basket, on just its second appearance for the year.

Flower Basket Brooch


14 November 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

November 13: The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.

Another day, another guessing game.

12 November 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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A center pearl and a guessing game - with the Pearl Trefoil, as always, a strong option - on tap for today's brooch fun.

10 November 2019

Remembrance Sunday

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attended the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph, London. The service honors those that have died in armed conflicts.
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The Dorset Bow Brooch made a repeat appearance for today's somber ceremony, once again anchoring The Queen's cluster of poppies.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace


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She was flanked on the balcony by The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge, both wearing brooches of significance. The Duchess of Cornwall wore the badge of the 9/12th Lancers, a piece that belonged to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and is selected by Camilla because her late father was a member of the 12th Lancers. The Duchess of Cambridge's brooch is the Codebreakers poppy brooch from the Royal British Legion, honoring those that worked in signal intelligence; her grandmother and great-aunt worked at the Bletchley Park code-breaking facility during World War II. She also wore the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from The Queen.

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On another balcony, The Countess of Wessex wore her Rifles Badge (she is the Royal Colonel of the 5th Battalion) with a poppy brooch, while simple poppies graced both The Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

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And down on the ground, The Prince of Wales led the rest of the family in laying their wreaths at the base of the Cenotaph.

09 November 2019

Festival of Remembrance

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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A trio of jewel picks from The Queen that are regulars this time of year: Queen Alexandra's Wedding Earrings and a longer triple strand of pearls, both regularly seen at this event, and the Dorset Bow Brooch, a favorite for holding her cluster of poppies.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace


Royal British Legion

I'm short on time tonight so I won't do a full run through of all the family members, except to say that I noted The Duchess of Cambridge wearing the Silver Jubilee Diamond and Pearl Earrings that she has loaned from The Queen in the past.

Royal British Legion

06 November 2019

Royal British Legion Industries Centenary

The Queen visited the Royal British Legion Industries village to celebrate the charity’s centenary year.
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Just excuse me for a minute while I soak in all this purple gloriousness, okay?

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YUM.

Kent Amethyst Brooch

29 October 2019

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Reception and Audiences

The Queen and The Countess of Wessex attended a reception at Buckingham Palace honoring the work of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
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This is the third time we've seen the Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch this year, the most so far of any year I've tracked here. Dark horse for the year-end faves list? (Also, hi Sophie!)

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Engagement and Wedding Rings 


Also today, The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Tricky (again), but looks like the Pearl Trefoil Brooch.

25 October 2019

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
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I originally called this the Kent Amethyst but with some reservations; thanks to Snug Harbor matching up the dress with its coat at other occasions, showing it is a blue dress and not purple, that identification has been changed to Prince Albert's Sapphire.


Also: Margaret Atwood! A Companion of Honour today and she's one of the winners of the Booker Prize. She is having a month.

24 October 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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And just like that, we're back to the norm: a brooch for sure, but no idea which one.

Unidentified Brooch

23 October 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace and Church at Windsor

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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It's a minor miracle, but there's actually enough brooch to identify here: the Kent Amethyst! Love that choice for this dress.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 


October 20: The Queen attended church while staying at Windsor Castle for the weekend. 

Hopping back a bit (thanks to Jelena), Her Maj wore the Aquamarine Clip Brooches. You can see a picture here at Shutterstock.

The Aquamarine Bar Brooch

The Queen wears the Aquamarine Bar Brooch
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This rarely seen brooch from The Queen's collection includes a central square-shaped pale blue-green stone, likely aquamarine, with two detailed square sections on either side forming a rectangular bar brooch. It may also include diamonds or darker stones.

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The Queen can be seen wearing the brooch in the documentary Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work while checking on the preparations ahead of a Buckingham Palace garden party in the summer of 2006. She wore it again in 2019 for an audience at Buckingham Palace, making it either a rare brooch overall or simply one worn most frequently in private.

With thanks to Ann.

Appearances: 
22 October 2019: Audience at Buckingham Palace

22 October 2019

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the High Commissioner for Grenada, Lakisha Grant, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Oooh now this is interesting: a brooch we haven't covered here before! Looks like an aquamarine with some diamonds to either side. (Similar in shape to an unknown brooch from an audience in 2016, though the edges look different.)

21 October 2019

Cruse Bereavement Care Reception

The Queen attended a reception for the Cruse Bereavement Care charity's 60th anniversary at St. James' Palace.
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After a surprise sighting of the two smaller Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooches over the summer, the big one is back to rule the scene.

19 October 2019

British Champions Day at Royal Ascot

The Queen visited Ascot Racecourse for the QIPCO British Champions Day.
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It's been almost exactly two years since we last saw this floral brooch, and it's a nice addition to this soft purple outfit repeat.

17 October 2019

Queen's Trust Reception

The Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the work of The Queen's Trust.
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So by my count, this is the first time we've seen the Cambridge Pearl Pendant at an event other than an audience or an investiture since 2015. And even this one is still inside the palace. Evidence mounts that the brooch truly is under house arrest.

16 October 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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There's a brooch here, but it's anybody's guess which one. Something fabulous, I hope.

Unidentified Brooch

15 October 2019

Westminster Abbey 750th Anniversary Service

The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a service marking the 750th anniversary of the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey.
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The Australian Hibiscus Brooch! The streak of good après-Balmoral jewels continues.

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Three Strand Pearl Necklace


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The Duchess of Cornwall, meanwhile, is once again in same old same old territory. But I do like the way this hat freshens up the outfit. (It was a busy day for Camilla; she also hosted a tea for the winners of the Booker Prize and attended an evening reception for the Oscar Wilde Society.)

Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings
Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp

14 October 2019

State Opening of Parliament

The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, traveled in State to the Palace of Westminster to open the Session of Parliament.
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It's been a minute - or more like three and a half years' worth of minutes - since there was a State Opening with the full dressed up pomp and circumstance; the last one was a "dressed down" version in 2017, so you have to go back to 2016 for a version with The Queen at her fanciest.

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The Queen chose not to wear the Imperial State Crown this time around. Instead, it was carried ahead in the procession and set to her side during the speech. She's 93 years old and, hey, it's heavy, so fair enough.

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The George IV Diadem was worn throughout and the Coronation Necklace, most frequently paired with its matching earrings, was this time paired with Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings.

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(I love a view that shows just how major those earrings are!)

George IV State Diadem
Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings
Coronation Necklace
Diamond Evening Watch
Diamond Bracelet
Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter


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Lastly, for The Duchess of Cornwall, it was absolutely business as usual: repeated dress, repeated jewel combination.

Greville Tiara
Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings
Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp
Art Deco Diamond Brooch (on shoulder securing sash)
Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
Star, Riband, and Badge of the Royal Victorian Order

11 October 2019

Haig Housing Trust Opening

The Queen visited the Haig Housing Trust to officially open their new housing development in Morden.
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Some lovely dimension on display here from the Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch, on its second appearance for the year.

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10 October 2019

Investiture at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.
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A nice big emerald (x2)! It's like a welcome back present for us all.


06 October 2019

Balmoral Holiday, 2019

Hansueli Krapf, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Queen's annual break at Balmoral in Scotland is in full swing, with a couple of Sunday church appearances ahead of her official welcome to the castle. The Balmoral holiday usually lasts into October.

Any appearances by The Queen during her holiday will be gathered in this post.

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NEW! October 6: A brooch for Lady Sarah Chatto will have to do for what should be the last church outing of the Balmoral break, as Her Maj went for none. There's a London engagement planned for The Queen on Friday.
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September 29: Closing out September with the Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch, already on its fourth outing of the year.
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September 22: Back to a standard this week, the Pearl Trefoil Brooch.  Plus a different family member in the guest seat.
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September 15: The Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge for church today.
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September 8: A lovely big pop of blue from Prince Albert's Sapphire Brooch adorned The Queen's coat for this Sunday's church service.
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September 7: This looks to be a jolly group: The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and Peter and Autumn Phillips joined Her Maj for this year's Braemar Gathering. The Queen naturally continued her tradition of wearing the Braemar Feather Brooch for the event.
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September 1: The Tudor Rose Brooch made the trip to Scotland for this morning's church service.
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August 25: I'm so glad we got a decent view of today's church brooch - we've only seen the Diamond and Ruby Butterfly Brooch one other time since this site started, back in 2012. We probably have Her Maj's car companion, The Duchess of Cambridge, to thank for that.

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August 18: The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch gets its third outing of the year for a trip to church with the Wessexes (or the Forfars, I suppose, since Edward now has the title of The Earl of Forfar for use when in Scotland).

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August 17: The Queen attended a craft fair at Crathie Kirk Hall in the biggest brooch of the break so far, Queen Mary's Turquoise and Diamond Brooch.



August 11: The Small Pink and Diamond Brooch for another Sunday drive to church.

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August 6: The Queen's official welcome (after staying at another property until the castle closes to visitors and is readied for her) involves a guard of honor and therefore, as it often does, the Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge.

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August 4: Another Sunday church mystery and my half thought is maybe the Greville Scroll Brooch? [Daily Mail]


July 28: The first Sunday outing for church at Crathie Kirk of the break, and unsurprisingly, the brooch is difficult to identify.