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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