Queen Elizabeth’s brooches don’t get nearly enough attention as the rest of her stunning jewelry collection. Considering how many lovely ornamental pins she owns, we think it’s about time that we rounded up some of our favorites.
Why Queen Elizabeth’s Brooches Matter
Of course, Queen Elizabeth’s outfit choices hardly go unnoticed. When we take into account how colorful many of her dresses and coats are, it’s no surprise that people’s eyes naturally gravitate toward the brightest parts of her wardrobe. And it’s no shock that one of Queen Elizabeth’s most famous quotes is this one: “I have to be seen to be believed.” She’s certainly doing a huge favor for the massive crowds who come see her! That said, it’s easy to get distracted by the most eye-popping part of the royal’s wardrobe and forget to pay attention to the less obvious (but still beautiful) details, such as Queen Elizabeth’s brooches.
According to The Crown Chronicles, Queen Elizabeth’s brooches accessorize almost all of her official and working-day outfits. Many of them were either gifted to her or inherited over the course of her impressive 66-year reign. From diamond brooches to sapphire brooches, this is obviously not your average everyday brooch collection. But beyond the (probably super expensive) monetary value of the brooches, we imagine there must be a huge emotional value to them as well. Considering how often Queen Elizabeth wears these lovely gems, they must be full of precious memories.
It’s not publicly known exactly how many brooches Queen Elizabeth owns, especially since her collection seems to grow larger every year. However, eagle-eyed royal watchers have been able to spot a few patterns in the brooches she wears most often. According to The Jewellery Editor, the queen is partial to the brooches that have been passed down to her from her grandmother Queen Mary and her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. And we’ve got to tell you, they’re some pretty darn impressive family jewels!
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Queen Elizabeth Rose Brooch
Queen Elizabeth's Centenary Rose Brooch
Not only is this brooch absolutely lovely, it also has quite a touching story behind it. Queen Elizabeth originally had this brooch created for the Queen Mother's 100th birthday, according to The Crown Chronicles. Eventually, the queen wore it in honor of her beloved mother shortly after her death in 2002. Nowadays, she can usually be spotted wearing it with a gorgeous and bold pink outfit. Considering the emotional and poignant meaning of this brooch, it's no wonder she wants to draw everyone's attention to it.
Queen Elizabeth Brooch Bow
Queen Elizabeth's Bow Brooch
The queen owns not one but three bow brooches, all of which once belonged to Queen Victoria, according to The Jewellery Editor. Believe it or not, these pieces were created way back in 1858. They were later passed down to Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary, followed by the Queen Mother. Only after that did they make their way to Queen Elizabeth. We wonder how she manages to keep such an old brooch looking so sparkly and brand new — we sure wish that she'd share some of her jewelry-polishing secrets with the rest of us!
Queen Elizabeth Brooch Flower Basket
Queen Elizabeth's Flower Basket Brooch
One of the queen's most unique pieces, this flower basket brooch actually represents another bundle of joy: the birth of Queen Elizabeth's son Charles! According to The Jewellery Editor, this piece was a gift from Queen Elizabeth's mother all the way back in 1948 to welcome her dear son into the world. We're sure Charles must be pleased whenever he sees her wearing it, too; it's certainly a beloved option of hers. Considering what a devoted mother the queen is, we can see why she keeps this particular brooch so close to her heart.
Queen Elizabeth Brooch Palm Leaf
Queen Elizabeth's Palm Leaf Brooch
Ever the family woman, Queen Elizabeth loves to don this particular piece from the late Queen Mother. According to The Royal Collection Shop, the queen inherited this piece from her beloved mom after she passed away in 2002. Considering the history behind the brooch and its absolutely stunning beauty, it's no surprise that Queen Elizabeth enjoys wearing it with a wide variety of different outfits at many important events. We think it looks especially lovely when it's paired with a pink shade, such as the fabulous getup that she's wearing in the photo above.
Queen Elizabeth Brooch Cullinan V
Queen Elizabeth's Cullinan V Brooch
Royal fans claim that the Cullinan V brooch is the one that Queen Elizabeth wears the most often out of her entire collection. While we're personally not keeping count (talk about a task that would take forever and a day), we wouldn't be shocked if that prediction turned out to be true. With the signature heart-shaped diamond, this brooch has become a staple of the queen's daytime wardrobe, according to The Jewellery Editor. After all, who would want to keep a piece like this hidden away in the dark?
Queen Elizabeth Brooch Aquamarine
Queen Elizabeth's Aquamarine Clips
According to the Crown Chronicles, Queen Elizabeth's aquamarine clips are examples of the many blue brooches that the royal keeps in her collection. Although she owns several sapphire pieces and turquoise ornamants, we have to say that we're partial to this pair out of all of her more colorful pins. We simply can't get over how much these clips match her outfit so perfectly and effortlessly. How is it possible that the royal manages to wear every shade of the rainbow like such a fabulous fashion icon — and with brooches to boot?
Queen Elizabeth Brooch Jardine Star
Queen Elizabeth's Jardine Star Brooch
Out of all Queen Elizabeth's brooches, this one has a reputation for being one of the most mysterious in her collection. According to The Court Jeweller, there is minimal information available about the Jardine star. While we do know it was gifted to the queen in 1981 by a Lady Jardine, we still don't know which Lady Jardine it was, who made it, or where exactly it came from. Another mystery: How does a brooch this beautiful even exist? We simply can't tear our eyes away from it. We can only dream of having a brooch collection as fabulous as the queen's someday!