Queen Elizabeth II jewellery: Special meanings behind the monarch’s brooches


Queen Elizabeth II, 94, has a huge brooch collection that she has styled over the years. In fact, a brooch is now part of her uniform and will always wear one with her outfit. Many of the pieces have special meanings attached to them including ones that have been passed down through the Royal Family.

Another staple brooch that is on regular rotation is the Flower Basket Brooch which was given to the Queen in 1948.

Due to its multiple coloured flowers, the royal will often wear it with a bright outfit.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Charlotte Leigh, from Lottie Leigh Fine Jewellery, explained: “Her Majesty the Queen is well-known for attending events in bold and bright outfits, so she can be seen easily amongst a crowd.  

“She is also famous for her array of stunning brooches – which are not just fashion pieces.  

Charlotte said: “The Queen’s ‘flower basket’ brooch is an eye-catching beauty comprising five flowers in a basket made up of emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds set into platinum.  

“It was presented to the Queen by her late father King George VI on the birth of her son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles.  

“She has worn the brooch to many special events but most significantly to the christening of Prince George the future King.  

“It was worn to symbolise the succession of the royal generations.

“Due to the array of colours in this brooch, it compliments most outfits, and the Queen wears it with much pride.

Although the Queen has hundreds of brooches in her collection, she often opts for the same few for her visits, although this has been limited in the last year.

The monarch has appeared several times throughout the current lockdown, speaking to various different organisations and charities virtually.

For one of the calls she opted for her pearl and diamond scallop brooch.

The Queen Mother’s Shell Brooch, officially named, the Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch, is the stunning piece the monarch opted for this year.

It has made a surge of appearances from the Queen in the last decade.

It was designed by Lord Courtauld-Thomson and was made in 1919.

The Queen Mother wore the brooch often, becoming a staple in her collection.

The expert explained: “Then there is the Queen’s pearl and diamond scallop shell brooch, which really is a breath-taking piece.

“Consisting of one pearl set into a platinum scallop shell, encrusted with diamonds, complimented by several strings of diamonds that hang elegantly underneath the main brooch.  

“It is another one of The Queen’s sentimental pieces that she inherited from The Queen Mother who wore it at times, including her 100th birthday celebrations.  

“This is another brooch that is wonderfully versatile and looks fabulous with any outfit. 

“Her Majesty is just like us – we all enjoy jewellery that is often sentimental as it is gifted on special occasions as a token of love.  

“It serves to remind us of those we hold dear and is something precious that can be passed down, shared and enjoyed by future generations.”



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