The Queen stuns crowds in sweet lavender outfit at surprise Scottish appearance - but wait until you see her brooch

The Queen's lavender outfit wowed attendees of an official event - but wait until you see her brooch and learn its significance

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Members of the Royal Family are spending a Royal Week in Scotland, carrying out a number of engagements between Monday June 27 and Friday July 01, 2022.
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The Queen's lavender outfit proved a total hit with her fans during her latest appearance, as did her smiles and the poignant jewelry choice for the occasion.


EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Members of the Royal Family are spending a Royal Week in Scotland, carrying out a number of engagements between Monday June 27 and Friday July 01, 2022.

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Queen Elizabeth's brooches are her constant companion and she's seldom seen without one proudly placed on her lapel. During a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the monarch chose to match her brooch to the color of her stunning lavender outfit.

Alongside her perfectly pastel look, Her Majesty opted for a piece of jewelry that honors Scottish history. Wearing a brooch designed to emulate a Scottish thistle, much like the ones that grow on the estate of her favorite Scottish abode, Balmoral Castle, the monarch looked absolutely thrilled to see her subjects.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Members of the Royal Family are spending a Royal Week in Scotland, carrying out a number of engagements between Monday June 27 and Friday July 01, 2022.

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The event in question, held at Edinburgh's Palace of Holyroodhouse, saw a parade of the armed forces in the Scottish city, in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee. As well as meeting with the armed forces, she was also presented with the key to Edinburgh Castle. 

BBC News (opens in new tab) reports that her visit also marks the 200th anniversary of King George IV's visit to Scotland in 1822 when the castle key was presented to the British sovereign for the very first time.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Queen Elizabeth II presents Her Majesty's Medal for Music for the year 2021 to John Wallace CBE at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh on June 28, 2022. Mr Wallace was presented by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music. Members of the Royal Family are spending a Royal Week in Scotland, carrying out a number of engagements between Monday June 27 and Friday July 01, 2022.

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Major General Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, the governor of the castle, told the news site that the Queen was on, "first class, sparkling form." Adding, "The fact that she wanted to take part in both the arrival ceremony and now she's here in her palace in the center of Edinburgh and coming out into the garden to see her armed forces is really special."

Aoife Hanna
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