Between coded messages and pieces of High Jewelry, Queen Elizabeth II is known for her collection of pins. Here 20 most beautiful jewels and a description to recognize them in his royal looks
There is a lot of talk about his hats, pastel-colored coordinated looks and his white gloves. Even some Gucci moccasins. Yet an identifying element of his outfits are the pins. In fact, it seems that the Queen has about 300 pieces: a third concerns just the pins.
And they are not only decorative elements, but have a profound meaning, used for send coded messages. Think of the anti-Trump pin, worn just on the occasion of the visit of the President of the United States, or the one with diamonds and turquoise chosen for the extraordinary speech for Coronavirus.
We see below the 20 most beautiful pins that Elizabeth II and some details or curiosities about each necklace.
Aquamarine clip Brooch
This pair of Deco-style Boucheron brooches is a gift to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 18th birthday (1944), from King George VI and the Queen Mother. The jewels, however, were purchased in London on July 31, 1937 by the Duke of Kent, the Queen’s uncle. Last time they were worn on the occasion of the speech to the nation.
Braemar Feather Brooch
In 2002, the year of the Gold Jubilee, the Braemar Royal Highland Society gave Elizabeth a pin to commemorate her fifty years as Queen: the jewel depicts an eagle feather, made of multiple metals, white and yellow gold, silver and platinum .
One of the most famous brooches of Queen Elizabeth: the necklace is part of a triad of bows, which belonged to Queen Victoria. All three were made in 1858 by Garrard. All three have never been seen together.
Cambridge Emerald Brooch
The stones on this brooch belonged to the queen’s grandmother, then passed to her brother Frank who gave them to her lover. They were later recovered for the generous compensation. The necklace is characterized by an emerald central cabochon surrounded by two circles of diamonds. A large drop-shaped emerald – a detachable pendant – is suspended from a chain of foliage-pattern diamonds.
Carrington Feather Brooch
The splendid brooch with diamonds and sapphire is one of the wedding gifts received by the Queen in 1947, a gift from the company that forged it, Carrington. Rather than a deep royal blue, this gem is characterized by a blue-violet hue: for this reason it is shown off only with looks of these two shades.
Centenary Rose Brooch
A brooch for the hundred years of the Queen Mother that Elizabeth II commissioned from Collins and Sons jewelers: the piece is characterized by 100 diamonds (hence the name), the brooch was worn by Her Majesty for the Christmas speech of 2002, nine months after the mother’s death.
Chelsea Iris Brooch
One of the Sovereign’s favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, organized every year by the Royal Horticultural Society: this gift in the shape of Iris Unguicularis, the flower associated with the show, is for the Diamond Jubilee.
Coral Rose Brooch
The brooch is shown for the most part during French events: the jewel is in fact a gift from the Order of Liberation in 1990, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous Appeal of June 18 by Charles de Gaulle.
Cullinan V Heart Brooch
In the center, a heart of a 19-carat diamond: the rough stone (3160 carat) was found in 1905 in the mine in South Africa owned by Thomas Cullinan. In 1908 it was divided into three parts and then into 9 other parts: the fifth part was thus donated by the South African government to Queen Mary in 1905. The sovereign entrusted it to the royal jeweler to make the brooch that we know today.
Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch
This brooch portrays a maple leaf and is completely covered with diamonds. In the spring of 1939, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, King George VI made a state visit to Canada: the jewel is a gift to celebrate this meeting. In detail it is a piece signed Asprey, Hugh Roberts describes it as “the national emblem of Canada, set transparently with diamonds and baguettes“.
Duchess of Cambridge’s Pearl Pendant Brooch
Translated “the brooch of the Duchess of Cambridge”. But this time it is not about Kate Middleton, but about a jewel inherited in 1953 and belonging to Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, wife of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge. The brooch is very simple, mounted on a silver structure: a large central pearl surrounded by a crown of diamonds and a second pear-shaped pearl. Worn for the visit to Kenya, Elizabeth II also chose her for the official portrait for her 50th birthday.
Grima Ruby Scarab Brooch
This piece was designed by Andrew Grima: made of yellow gold, with carved recycled rubies – apparently from an Indian headdress – and diamond decorations. The brooch is a gift from her husband, Prince Philip, received in 1966.
© Anwar Hussein Collection
It is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite brooches: it features 8 diamond spokes that extend from a central cluster of a large central diamond. Everything we know comes from Leslie Field’s book, The Queen’s Jewels “In 1981 the Queen was left with a late Victorian-style diamond star brooch from Lady Jardine, which she wore on many occasions“.
A small work of art created in the 1930s and signed by Cartier: it was made of platinum and diamonds, while precious flowers such as ruby cabochon buds, sapphire flowers and emerald leaves sprout from the basket. It is a gift from his parents to celebrate the birth of Prince Charles.
Among the numerous and numerous titles of His Majesty, there is also that of Duke of Lancaster: the title dates back to 1399 and always remains declined in the male, regardless of the gender of the monarch in office. Behind it lies a historical fact: this Duchy is associated for the first time with the Crown when Henry Bolingbroke, son of the first Duke of Lancaster, imprisons King Richard II, forcing him to abdicate and becoming King Henry IV of England. Still this Duchy is an important source of income for the Queen. This brooch, with the Lancaster symbol, represents history.
New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch
A Christmas gift from the wife of the mayor of Auckland, Lady Allum, in the 1950s: the brooch has the shape of a fern leaf, a symbol of the country. It is worn by His Majesty but also by other royalty for official visits to New Zealand or for events related to this nation.
Prince Albert Brooch
This jewel is a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria, on the eve of their wedding, one of the most sentimental pins that Elizabeth II received from her great-grandmother. In the center stands an oval sapphire, surrounded by diamonds. With a significant nod to its history and its owners, His Majesty wore it on the occasion of William’s baptism in 1982.
The True Lover’s Knot Brooch
Of all the staple brooches in the royal collection, this is the largest: the necklace is signed Garrard and was purchased in the early 30s by Queen Maria. The brooch features brilliant cut diamonds set in silver and gold. The ribbon of the bow is scalloped, while the two ends have joints to allow movement and adapt to the body. The name of this brooch is evocative, for this reason it was chosen for the wedding of William and Kate and Princess Margaret with the Earl of Snowdon.
Three Thistle Brooch
This brooch carries three flowers of Scotland, the thistle. The first public appearance is recent, in 2012, during Holyrood Week of 2012. Second From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault , the brooch is a gift from the Sultan of Oman, part of a set of four donated to His Majesty on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.
This piece was inherited from his grandmother, which was in turn received as a gift for the 1893 wedding. Elizabeth II is not used to show off this necklace in public but chose it for the extraordinary speech for the Coronavirus: the choice is symbolic, because the turquoise is sacred in many cultures, as well as associated with the benefits of healing.