07 March 2021

Commonwealth Day Message and Recent Video Calls

March 7: The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message was released.
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Last year's Commonwealth Day service was one of the last appearances we had from The Queen outside of the palace before lockdown began, and this year's had to be cancelled. A message was released instead.

February 25: The Queen participated in a video call with health leaders about the Covid-19 vaccine.
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The Queen was all quiet for the beginning of the year until the end of February, when we had a small flurry of business-as-usual stuff released (following news of Prince Philip's hospitalization and ahead of the Harry and Meghan interview). That included this appearance of the Six Petal Flower Brooch, worn while The Queen talked about her own experience getting vaccinated...

February 24: The Queen met virtually with government representatives in South Australia.
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...and the Pearl Trefoil, worn while virtually unveiling a new statue of herself. We do not appear to have seen this old standby at all during the weirdness that was 2020.

31 January 2021

2020: The Year in The Queen's Jewels

Later than usual and much shorter than usual but not forgotten, it's time for our annual look back at the year in The Queen's jewels. (You'll find all previous years linked here, on the In-Depth Features & Lists page.)

We usually look back at new jewels revealed, big bejeweled moments, and new loans in this yearly feature, but, well...a pandemic year didn't yield any of that. And our usual tally of the various brooches worn and which ones were worn most frequently has a different spin this year too: with only about 30 brooches seen and a reduced public schedule for The Queen, the ranking of the most frequently worn brooches for the year becomes simply the list of brooches we saw more than once. That's all it took and that's all we have for this year's abbreviated edition.

Kent Amethyst Brooch

Amethyst Bouquet Brooch

Ruby and Gold Flower Brooch

Gold Trellis Brooch

Jardine Star Brooch

Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch

Prince Albert's Sapphire Brooch

25 December 2020

Christmas Broadcast, 2020

The Queen's annual message was broadcast on Christmas Day.
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There's no big royal gathering, no fashion parade to church and back, but there is still a message and a brooch (and some lovely purple). Happy holidays to you and yours!

20 December 2020

Virtual Audiences

December 10: The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle.
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A colorful pair of recent appearances at more rounds of virtual diplomatic audiences, first some lovely amethysts...

December 18: The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle.
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...and then the colorful Flower Basket.

16 December 2020

KPMG Virtual Visit

Last week, The Queen paid a virtual visit to KPMG to mark the firm's 150th anniversary.
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It's a visit in casual mode! Or at least what passes for casual mode by Her Maj's standards: a cardigan, only two strands of pearls and simpler pearl earrings. Getting more casual for your work calls the longer you stay at home, relatable. (And a little technical glitch to overcome during this call, also relatable.)

08 December 2020

Salvation Army Band at Windsor Castle

The Queen, joined by The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, and The Princess Royal, listened to a performance by the Salvation Army Band in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, part of an event to thank local volunteers and key workers.

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I truly thought The Queen had gone all out with a candy cane striped scarf here and I think I'll just stick to that interpretation. Rubies were certainly in order, anyway.
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In other jewel sightings from this event, The Duchess of Cornwall went with her favorite earrings and her pair of pansy brooches to complement her lovely purple coat.
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And The Duchess of Cambridge opted for the big Diamond Pendant Earrings on loan from The Queen to round things out.

04 December 2020

Virtual Audiences

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle.
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Diplomatic audiences are an old tradition but today they got a new pandemic spin: incoming ambassadors came to Buckingham Palace to present their credentials to a screen Queen, who greeted them live from her bubble at Windsor.
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