Queen Elizabeth enthralled royal fans in an orange coat-dress ensemble, which she wore with a matching hat with orange and white floral blooms. She was also wearing her £1,500 Launer London handbag, her £540 Gucci Loafers, and her black gloves to mark the occasion. However, it was the Queen’s sparkling brooch which caught royal fans’ attention the most.
The Queen always adds a sparkling brooch to her outfit, and like many of her jewellery pieces, her choice on Thursday had an interesting story behind it.
Her Majesty’s diamond rose brooch originally featured on a tiara given to her to mark her royal wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
The Cartier tiara, as well as a necklace, was gifted to Princess Elizabeth by the Nizam of Hyderabad, an Indian Prince.
They hold further special meaning since the Queen chose them herself, after being told she could select whatever she wanted at the luxurious jewellery house.
It is incredibly poignant that the Queen chose to wear a brooch with a connection to her late husband, at an event which he would have also attended to accompany as Prince Consort.
The tiara featured three rose brooches, all of which the Queen wears much more regularly than the tiara.
While the larger rose pin, which the Queen wore during her outing with Prince Edward, is worn alone, the two smaller brooches are usually worn as a set of two.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a piece from the Nizam of Hyderabad set, choosing the sparkling diamond necklace to go with her Jenny Packham gown for the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Gala in 2014.
Charlotte said: “The Nizam of Hyderabad Floral Rose brooch is known as a ‘tremblant’ piece (from the French word for trembling).
“This in the sense that its diamond parts move with the wearer, continuously letting the light catch the gemstones from different angles.
“In fact, this brooch and two other smaller, identical rose brooches were originally part of an ornate diamond tiara which had an accompanying diamond necklace.
“In 2014, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge wore the necklace at an evening event at the National Portrait Gallery.
“The three-strand pearl necklace Her Majesty is wearing is one of three similar three-strand pearl necklaces which The Queen wears regularly.
“You can notice if you look carefully that on this one, the pearls graduate in size with slightly bigger pearls in the front.
“The Queen commissioned this pearl necklace in 1952 from pearls that were already in the family and it fastens with a small diamond clasp.”
The Queen had the original tiara completely dismantled in the 1970s, in order to make what is now known as the Burmese Ruby Tiara, adding rubies that were also given to the monarch as a wedding gift., this time from the people of Burma.
The Queen reportedly had the tiara made because the Queen Mother was very attached to another headpiece featuring rubies in the royal collection, the Oriental Circlet tiara, which should have been passed on to Elizabeth when she became Queen.
But rather than take it from her mother, the Queen decided to have another made, hence the Burmese Ruby Tiara, which we still see her wearing regularly today.
She memorably chose to wear it to host then-President Donald Trump for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace in January 2020.