The last brooch worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II at a major event has gone on public display in London. The brooch was handpicked by the Queen to be worn during her historic Platinum Jubilee appearances, including the lighting of the beacon at Windsor Castle. The brooch includes many sentimental and significant touches, including nods to her favorite flowers and commemorations of her unrivalled reign.
- The last brooch thought to be worn by Queen Elizabeth II during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations has gone on display at the Goldsmiths’ Fair in London
- The deeply symbolic brooch was gifted to the Queen for the Jubilee, and includes many personal and intricate details
- In other royal news, Princess Anne’s final act of devotion for Queen Elizabeth II revealed
When she passed away in early September, the Queen didn’t just leave behind a legacy never to be paralleled, but a collection of fascinating, historic and unique jewels.
Known for many incredible brooches, the late Queen’s love of the accessory inspired sweet tributes from her great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, at the funeral. Charlotte wore a diamond brooch in the shape of a horseshoe, a nod to both the Queen’s love of horses and brooches.
While she had many brooches in her collection – from a set of four diamond brooches representing the countries in the United Kingdom to the deceptively titled Granny’s Chips, a $60m luxury artefact – the last one known to be gifted to Her Majesty held plenty of significance.
Designed by David Marshall, the brooch is made of 18-carat white gold and platinum and has 97 round-cut diamonds as well as seven fancy-cut diamonds.
According to The Crown Chronicles, the seven fancy-cut diamonds represent the seven decades of the Queen’s reign.
As per a statement released by Goldsmiths, the pin was personally handpicked by the Queen from a number of shortlisted brooches and was later presented to her by The Goldsmiths’ Company as a gift for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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The Queen wore the piece on a jade green Stuart Pravin crepe coat over a silk dress.
On the back of the brooch is a laser hallmark that includes a special commemorative Platinum Jubilee mark.
Zak Stone, managing director of luxury jewelry makers Steven Stone, said, “Commissioned by the Goldsmiths' Company for her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen's wreath-like brooch is incredibly poignant as it's likely to be the last jewel that was gifted to the Queen.”
"Set with princess cut and round brilliant diamonds, it's one of the late monarch's most symbolic brooches as it pays homage to the four nations of the UK, which are represented by four diamond swirls and their national flowers – the rose, the thistle, the daffodil and the shamrock.
“It also features the touching addition of her favourite plant – Lily of the Valley."
Lily of the Valley was used in both the Queen’s coronation bouquet back in 1953 and featured amongst her funeral flowers.
Zak estimates the piece to be worth around $45,000.
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