Queen Elizabeth not only has a vast brooch collection but it is also one of the most impressive selections in the world. It is thought that the monarch has upwards of around 100 brooches, with special ones on regular rotation.
The briefing of her duties today read: “Today, Her Majesty The Queen conducted two virtual audiences, via video link from Windsor Castle.
“Her Excellency Mrs Ivita Burmistre was received in audience by The Queen via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Latvia to the Court of St James’s.
“Her Excellency Mrs Sara Affoué Amani was received in audience by Her Majesty via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire to the Court of St James’s.”
For the public engagement today, the monarch wore one of her Nizam of Hyderabad rose brooches.
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The Queen may have worn this special brooch today as a tribute to her late husband who passed away on April 9.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Nick Withington, Managing Director of jeweller William May commented: “The trio of rose diamond brooches were originally from a tiara, which was a wedding gift from the Nizam of Hyderabad (Indian Prince), along with a matching necklace. The Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, last ruler of the Indian princely state of Nizam and Berar.
“Time magazine crowned him the richest man in the world in 1937. Princess Elizabeth was instructed to select something as a wedding gift from Cartier, so she must have really liked these pieces.
“Made by Cartier in 1939, records show the diamond Tiara was set with 1033 brilliants, 84 baton and 17 beads (Cartier archive, F.3600) and held as a stock piece for nine years, before selection by the then Princess Elizabeth, a perfect gift for the royal bride!
“The beautiful piece shows one English rose brooch (larger) sat centrally on the tiara with an ivy leaf/floral design surrounded and flanked by two smaller rose brooches, all three brooches are detachable, making a very versatile piece of jewellery.
“This fine piece looks like simple floral brooches, but the clever construction of the brooch is revealed when the Queen moves – the central stamens move and tremble, showing flashes of diamond sparkle and fire.
“Each rose is made from precious platinum and diamond set, which are fine materials. The large rose is approx. 4.2cm wide and the smaller roses are 3.3cm wide.
“The tiara was dismantled in 1973, so the diamonds could be used in a new Burmese Ruby and Diamond Tiara, being made by Garrard and the three brooches are still worn today.
“Listed as no 1331 on the official wedding list ‘English Rose and foliage design and a diamond necklace’. The necklace is still worn today. Loaned to Kate Duchess of Cambridge to wear in 2014 for a gala evening at the National Portrait Gallery.”
According to Hugh Robert’s The Queen Diamonds, the tiara was set with 1,033 brilliants, 84 baton diamonds and 17 diamond beads.
The tiara wasn’t worn many times before it was turned into the stunning brooch seen today.
The Queen has also generously loaned the accompanying necklace to Kate Middleton before, last seen in 2014 for a gala evening at the National Portrait Gallery.
Kate Middleton was also seen out today with Prince William, the second time they have been out since the funeral of Prince Philip.
Their visit to Manor Farm near Darlington saw the couple touring the farm to find out more about livestock.
For the occasion, Kate opted for a cosy looking jumper that she has worn on previous occasions.
Her £195 Fair Isle jumper featured long sleeves with the Icelandic-inspired pattern around the chest and on the cuffs of the sleeves.
The jumper is from a collaboration by Brora and TROY London and is made from superfine lambs wool.
The company behind the jumper said it is made in Scotland with a zero waste seamless knitting method, giving it a natural fit and clean silhouette.
She added a green wax jacket to the look as well as a pair of skinny jeans and brown boots.