Queen Elizabeth II is a frequent traveller, and although she no longer travels on royal duty, she has instigated a number of important royal travel traditions over the years. Unsurprisingly the monarch travels with an abundance of things, including a beautiful wardrobe with an outfit for every occasion, as well as some more lavish items.
In fact, the Queen is so particular about the items she packs, she even has special accessories for certain locations.
The fashion-forward monarch is often pictured in colour coordinated ensembles, and royalists out there will probably have noticed the frequent addition of a beautiful brooch.
Not only does she have a brooch for every occasion, but it seems the monarch also has a brooch reserved for visits to certain countries.
Three of the most well-known of these unique jewels include The New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, the Maple Leaf Brooch and the Coral Rose Brooch.
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Queen Elizabeth: The monarch wears special brooches for certain visits
Queen Elizabeth II: Pictured wearing the New Zealand Silver Fern brooch
Queen Elizabeth II: Wearing the Maple Leaf Brooch
As the name suggests, the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch is saved for trips to New Zealand, and the Queen has worn it on such trips over the years.
It was gifted to the monarch during her coronation world tour in 1953 and 1954 by the mayor of Auckland’s wife Lady Allum.
It was crafted as a Christmas present from “the women of Auckland” and is designed to look like the emblem of the nation – a fern.
Other senior royals have also been known to pin the brooch to their outfit when visiting New Zealand or for state events, including the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Kate Middleton was spotted wearing the brooch during her first official visit to New Zealand in April 2014.
Similarly, the Canadian Maple Leaf brooch was a gift, however, it was actually originally given to the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada in 1939.
The brooch was made by Asprey and is made up of diamonds set in Platinum.
It has since been worn by Queen Elizabeth, as well as the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall on relevant occasions.
Queen Elizabeth: The monarch wears the Coral Rose Brooch to French events
Out of the three special travel themed brooches, the Coral Rose Brooch is one which makes the rarest appearance.
The piece was given to the Queen by The Order Of Liberation in 1990 to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940.
Though the Queen doesn’t wear the special item too often, when she does she often saves it for a French event.
According to Town & Country the Queen wore it during a trip to Paris in 2004 to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.
Along with special accessories, the monarch is also known to be particularly selective about other elements of her travel wardrobe too, with close attention paid to her skirts.
Following a blunder on a royal tour of New Zealand in 1963 which saw her skirt blow up as she disembarked from the royal plane, the Queen now wears special skirts with led sewn into the hem.
British fashion designer Stewart Parvin the one to come up with the solution.
“Stewart Parvin has said that he learned an important top from his predecessors,” writes author Robert Hardman in his book “Queen of the World”.
“She buys small lead weights from the curtain department at Peter Jones and sews them int the royal hemlines, not only to maintain the shape of the Queen’s clothes but to prevent what would now be called a ‘wardrobe malfunction’.”