The Queen is rarely seen without a brooch on her lapel, usually worn to complement her strikingly bright outfits. But Her Majesty’s brooches are more than just pieces of beautiful jewellery: they symbolise deeper meanings and reveal significant aspects of the Queen’s life.
Her Majesty 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 up to around 100 brooches, with special ones on regular rotation.
Charlotte White, Head of Design at 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online jeweller, commented on the Queen’s much-loved jewels.
She said: “The Queen’s spectacular and extensive collection of brooches spans world-record breaking, historical and sentimental pieces.
“There are several priceless brooches owned by the Queen that are steeped in history and you could say these jewels attest to the sheer wealth and power of the British monarchy.”
One of the Queen’s most valuable brooches is the Nizam of Hyderabad rose brooch, which was initially not a brooch, but a tiara.
The tiara featured many roses which could be worn as brooches, but the biggest jewel has been proven to be the Queen’s favourite.
She has worn this brooch on various occasions, including to meet the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, at Holyroodhouse in June this year.
The Nizam of Hyderabad rose brooch is thought to be a whopping £80,000, according to jewellery specialists Steven Stone.
This is due to it being covered in sparkling diamonds.
The brooch is in the shape of a rose and features a large diamond at its centre, set in silver.
Her Majesty owns the stunning brooch thanks to the Nizam of Hyderabad, who gave Princess Elizabeth a wedding gift in 1947.
The Queen has worn the rose brooch twice this year.
Once on June 29 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and again for virtual meetings with various Heads of States on April 29.
Otherwise, she has worn the brooch to attend church at both Windsor and Sandringham, and to the 2001 Chelsea Flower Show, among other events.
Meanwhile, the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace has been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on various occasions.
Kate wore the piece for the first time in February 2014 for an evening gala at London’s National Portrait Gallery.