10 June 2017

Place Your Bets in the 2017 Ascot Brooch Stakes!

The busiest time in The Queen's year is upon us, and that means that Royal Ascot will be here before we know it. The races run Tuesday, June 20th through Saturday, June 24th this year. (Anyone else note with a giggle that The Queen was willing to ax Garter Day in favor of the State Opening of Parliament this year, but not a single day of Ascot shall be touched? #priorities)

Ascot 2011, in the Williamson Diamond Brooch
Royal Ascot is about the horses, it's about the hats, and - around here, at least - it's about THE BROOCHES. We've seen old favorites and rare picks, and once in a while we get something really special.

In fact, The Queen has used Ascot to debut something new or new-to-her every year since 2013: the Emerald and Diamond Sarpech Brooch in 2013, the Queen Mother's Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch and the Double Swan Brooch in 2014, Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Brooch in 2015, and the Cartier Diamond Rose Clip Brooch in 2016.

We'll also see The Duchess of Cornwall there for a bit - probably displaying a full range of pearl choker splendor, as is her wont - as well as a rotating array of other family members.

So let's get into the spirit of the event once again. Here is our big Royal Ascot flashback from the past several years, should you wish to waste some time weigh the odds carefully. Place your bets here...

Which brooches do you think we'll see? And, more entertainingly, which brooches and other jewels are you wishing to see? 

Me, I just want the streak of debuts to continue. (Have anything new up your sleeve for us, Your Maj? Pretty pretty please?) If I can be greedy beyond that, it's been a few years since we've seen the Williamson Diamond Brooch. I miss it so...