05 May 2021

Virtual Audiences

April 27: The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle. 

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The Queen has resumed public duties with a group of virtual audiences. Her first public engagement after Prince Philip's funeral was this one, with the large Nizam of Hyderabad brooch.

April 29 and May 5: The Queen held more audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle.
And for the most recent two, it seems we get to resume the traditional audience brooch guessing.

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17 April 2021

Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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I don't have many words for this sad occasion or sad picture. We'll do what we do: the Richmond Brooch from Queen Mary is a familiar selection, in recent years worn for happier occasions such as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding and The Queen's 90th birthday service, but also no stranger to remembrance occasions, having been in regular use at the annual Festival of Remembrance.

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 The Duchess of Cornwall's brooch was a nod to The Duke of Edinburgh. She took over as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from Prince Philip and this badge was commissioned for her by the Regiment.

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Finally, The Duchess of Cambridge wore two pieces on loan from The Queen, both of which she has worn previously: the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings and the Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker. She first wore the choker to attend the dinner held in honor of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's platinum wedding anniversary in 2017.

09 April 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh was 99 years old. May he Rest in Peace.

Royal Voluntary Service Video Call, Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Visit, and Easter Photos

March 19: The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall joined a video call thanking volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service.
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Catching up on a few prior engagements before the day's sad news: the Cambridge Pearl Pendant had its first appearance of the year...

March 31: The Queen visited The Royal Australian Air Force Memorial.
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...the Australian Wattle Brooch made its first appearance since 2019 as a country-appropriate choice for The Queen's first engagement outside for the year...
April 2: Photographs of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, taken March 23 at Frogmore House, were released.
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...and finally, without any public Easter service, Easter weekend was marked by some new photos of monarch and heir.

13 March 2021

British Science Week Video Call

March 12: The Queen participated in a video call celebrating British Science Week.
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The Pearl Trefoil's making up for lost time after missing out on 2020, I guess.

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