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 apr├Ęs-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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