Queen Elizabeth II wears brooch with sweet link to Philip for call with health officials
26th February 2021

Prince Philip birthday: Royal expert discusses Queen’s brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II, 94, has a huge collection of jewellery, including some of the most impressive brooches in the world. For her most recent appearance, the monarch added a special brooch to her look, which has a sweet link to her husband, Philip. 

The call saw the Queen chatting to the health officials about the coronavirus vaccine that is being rolled out in the UK. 

Dr Emily Lawson, Chief Commercial Officer, NHS England and Mr Derek Grieve, Head of the Scottish Government’s Vaccinations Division joined the monarch for the call as well as Dr Naresh Chada, Deputy Medical Officer for Northern Ireland and Dr Gillian Richardson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Wales. 

The monarch, who can be seen sitting in a brown chair, wore a salmon pink structured dress with her signature pearl necklace and pearl earrings. 

The Queen always wears a brooch with her outfit and today was no different, where she wore her Diamond Clematis Brooch.

Her Diamond Clematis Brooch is a staple in her rotation, regularly seen added to the royals outfits. 

The dazzling brooch shaped like a clematis flower, has six petals encrusted in diamonds. 

A single diamond sits in the centre of the flower. 

One of the earliest outings for the brooch came on a very important day in 1947, when the engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Philip was officially announced. 

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The Queen posed for official photos wearing the clematis brooch.

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII hospital last week as a precaution where he is being treated for an infection.

Since the Queen debuted the brooch, she has worn it on several occasions, including the Queen’s Cup Final at Guards Polo Club in Windsor back in 2008.

In 2013, the monarch also wore it in 2013 with a pale green coat to attend Epsom Derby.

Other appearances with the clematis brooch include the commemorative service at the Scottish National War Memorial in 2014. 

The Queen most recently wore the piece as she presented the trophy to the winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot. 

She also wore her signature three-strand pearl necklace for that event too.

Her iconic three-strand pearl necklace is part of the Queen’s daily uniform, although she does have variations of it. 

According to Leslie Field, author of The Queen’s Jewels, the first necklace was a gift from her grandfather, George V, for his Silver Jubilee in 1935.

A similar one she also wears was made after she came to the throne features cream pearls which graduate in size, and fastened with a small diamond clasp.

Another staple brooch in the Queen’s collection is her Prince Albert brooch which dates back to the 1800s.

Expert Alex Michell, Senior Pawnbroking Appraiser Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn explained: “In 1840, Prince Albert secretly commissioned Garrards to make a sapphire and diamond brooch for his bride to be, Victoria.

“He gifted her this jewel on the eve of their wedding, and was so loved by Victoria, that she wore it regularly and she can be seen wearing it in more than one portrait.

“Consisting of a large oval or cushion shaped sapphire, at least 40cts, surrounded by 12 large old cut diamonds, with the potential of totalling to 12cts.

“It is very likely that the sapphire was sourced from Burma and I would therefore estimate it at £9,000,000, should this go to auction today.”

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