Queen's address to the nation: Her Majesty wears Queen Mary's turquoise & diamond brooch

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The Queen, 93, made a historic address to the nation tonight to steady the UK’s nerves as the country battles coronavirus. Her Majesty looked bright in turquoise blue, and she matched her dress to her impressive diamond and turquoise brooch.

The brooch is one from her extensive vault – the Queen Mary Turquoise and Diamond Brooch.

Mary received the brooch in 1893 as a wedding present from her in-laws, the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. They were the Prince and Princess of Wales at the time of Mary’s wedding.

It is most likely the brooch passed from Queen Mary to Queen Elizabeth on the formers death in 1953.

However, Elizabeth did not wear it in public until 2014, and it is not one in her rotation of most worn brooches.

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Queen: Her Majesty wore a bright turquoise brooch for her address to the nation tonight (Image: BBC)

The Queen has a vast selection of jewellery at her disposal, and she will often wear a brooch with her outfit.

When appropriate, the brooch will convey a meaning – for example, wearing the Maple Leaf brooch when in Canada to signify friendship with the country.

For her Christmas address to the nation – the most recent one she gave before tonight’s speech – the Queen wore a brooch with a romantic history.

Elizabeth wore a brooch which, like today’s, was a wedding gift.

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She chose the sapphire and diamond Prince Albert brooch, a present from Albert to Queen Victoria on the eve of their wedding in 1840.

This stunning piece of jewellery appears to be one of the Queen’s favourites, and she often wears it with blue toned outfits.

The day before their 1840 wedding the German prince gift his bride-to-be this piece. It features a huge central sapphire with diamonds set around it.

Victoria said of it in her diary it was a “splendid brooch, a large sapphire set round with diamonds, which is really quite beautiful.”

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Queen: Her Majesty’s family tree revealed – tonight she wore a brooch from Queen Mary (Image: Getty Images)

Victoria wore the piece on her wedding day with another set of sapphire jewellery.

Sometimes, commentators will assign a secret meaning to the Queen’s jewellery – with some claiming she sent a “coded message” to Donald Trump during his state visit in December 2019.

She chose the Queen Mother Palm Leaf Brooch, made by Cartier in 1938.

In fact, this is not the first time the Queen has worn this pin in the presence of Trump. She previously wore it on the final day of Trump’s UK visit in July 2018.

At the time, columnist Hadley Freeman pointed out that the Queen Mother had worn the leaf brooch to the funeral of her deceased husband King George VI. “So not one associated with happiness and joy,” Freeman wrote in The Guardian.

Sali Hughes, the author of Our Rainbow Queen, also explained in her book the key significance of the monarch’s wardrobe.

“What [Queen Elizabeth] cannot overtly say with language, she secretly says with clothes,” Hughes wrote.

“Truly, Elizabeth II’s quiet, devastating trolling through fashion could inspire an assassin.”

She added: “This might seem a conspiracy theory too far, were it not for the fact that the Queen is known to have matched her brooches thematically throughout her entire reign.”


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