13 May 2012

The Coral Rose Brooch

The Coral Rose Brooch
Made by Cartier, this brooch includes two roses of coral. There's a diamond at the center of each rose, and two diamond petals off to the side. This is a French gift to the Queen, from the Order of the Liberation.
The gift was given in 1990 to mark the 50th anniversary of June 18, 1940 - the date on which Charles de Gaulle broadcast his famous Appeal of 18 June speech from London. On that same day, Winston Churchill also gave his "Finest Hour" speech. Appropriately, most of the few events this brooch has been worn for have had French connections, but it is not worn frequently.

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