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Old 03-03-2007, 07:17 PM
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The brooch

(better picture of it -- go here: Royal Collection - Dress for the Occasion)

The Queen wearing the brooch That's the best shot of her wearing it I could find. The top two links show the brooch in greater detail, so you get an idea of its size.
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:31 PM
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Thank you so much for indulging in my latest mental derangement. the thing is just magnificent, even if QEII looks like she is ready to summon the RackMaster from the Tower to deal with some miscreat or whatnot who has roused the royal ire. She is gorgeous in that blue suit with that wonderful brooch, even if the picture is not all that good. The woman does look like she is watching a royal beheading. Ha. cheers.
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:08 PM
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Hi Thomas,
I was lucky enough to see this wonderful pink stone at the summer exhibition at the Palace last year. I am thrilled to be able to report that I stood (no doubt open mouthed!) in front of it for several dazzling minutes and that the stone is truly pink - the kind of shade I would liken to a delicate pale sweet-pea. I'd always wondered just what colour it had as sometimes descriptions are vague or dubious, but this is every bit as beautiful as your mind can conjour.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:12 PM
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Dear GillW and Members,

Just as I suspected. Even with all the spasms, delight and dazzlement I have always believed that a photograph can not really even begin to communicate the beauty of so many of the wondrous gems and jewelry which the members and the Noble Warren and co have hauled out for our enraptured parusal. I can see where the Williamson pink would be incredibly beautiful. Another interesting thing is the Desiree Clary parure of Crown Princess Mary or the fabulous emerald tiara from the French royal jewels and on and on it goes. The photographs are but pale reflections of the reality.

The Delhi Durbar tiara when fully restored must be simply stunning. Cheers.
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Old 05-07-2007, 10:37 AM
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Does the Queen have 2 new brooches in the USA?

Seems there was a new brooch on the Queen's coat in Williamsburg (a big floral spray of various coloured stones, tied with a small gold bow) I don't suppose anyone has seen or read anything about it being a gift for the tour? Only, I have never seen her wear anything like it before so am assuming it it a new one....
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...lliamsburg.jpg

I've read that the day before she was presented with a black (or blue) onyx brooch based on one worn by Pocahontas, but I haven't been able to find any pictures of that one.
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:01 PM
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Can anyone identify the brooch HM The Queen is wearing in these pictures posted by moderator Elspeth? I've not seen it before---
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...tml#post608690
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:44 PM
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Hi Janet - there's a discussion of this brooch starting on post 28 of this thread. Opinions are divided as to whether it's a beautiful heirloom or a dimestore trinket.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:49 AM
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Hi Janet - there's a discussion of this brooch starting on post 28 of this thread. Opinions are divided as to whether it's a beautiful heirloom or a dimestore trinket.
Hi Janet,

This brooch was orignally a gift from the Queen to her mother. It depicts a painitng of a Queen Elizabeth rose, painted on ivory, beneath rock crystal and surrounded by a diamond frame. It may not be to everyone's taste, but it is certainly not faux, nor cheap. The Queen seems to like it very much and has worn it on at least 13 public occasions since the Queen Mother died.
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:18 PM
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Hmmmm....I could tell it was surrounded by diamonds, and I think it is must be a very sentimental piece as often as she has worn it, but I have to admit, I think it looks a little "cartoon-y". But, the sentiment makes up for it.
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Have you ever noticed that QE always wears the pin on her left shoulder? I dont think I have ever seen her wear it on the right shoulder. Is there some kind of rule?
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Have you ever noticed that QE always wears the pin on her left shoulder? I dont think I have ever seen her wear it on the right shoulder. Is there some kind of rule?
She does sometimes, but not often wear her brooch on the right shoulder. I can't see any reason, except personal preference, why. I've made an extensive study of her brooches over the last 12 months, and it is only a few times each year that the brooch is on the right. I've never seen any obvious reason for it.
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:42 PM
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Gill, are you sure it's really on the right and not just a matter of the photo being printed back to front?
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I guess if she is personally fastening the brooch and is right handed, that would account for it. But there is not an etiquette reason why she always wears them on the left?
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Gill, are you sure it's really on the right and not just a matter of the photo being printed back to front?
Trust me - I have a database I've compiled of over 1000 events that HM has attended, and for each one I search out & study every picture that I can. Although sometimes a picture IS printed back to front, it becomes easy to distinguish that from one where the picture is correct but the brooch is on the other side. I can't track an instance easily (since it's not something I've kept a note of - maybe I should add that into my data!!) but if I find one I'll post a link.

I began by trying to see which ones she wore most frequently and to try & discover as many as I could....(and now I'm hoplessly hooked... )
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:29 AM
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The brooch always worn on HM's left shoulder.....like a coursage? What are the rules about corsages? I've seen photos where the Queen Mother wears a brooch on her left shoulder or collar and it's holding flowers or something in place.
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:22 AM
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Trust me - I have a database I've compiled of over 1000 events that HM has attended, and for each one I search out & study every picture that I can. Although sometimes a picture IS printed back to front, it becomes easy to distinguish that from one where the picture is correct but the brooch is on the other side. I can't track an instance easily (since it's not something I've kept a note of - maybe I should add that into my data!!) but if I find one I'll post a link.

I began by trying to see which ones she wore most frequently and to try & discover as many as I could....(and now I'm hoplessly hooked... )
I've managed to find an example of HM with the brooch on her right shoulder - you can tell it's the correct way round (ALL photos of the events show it this way for a start) because her coat is fastened correctly....
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...0000276685.jpg
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I assume it's the cut of that jacket which is making her wear the brooch on the right. It really wouldn't look good on the left side with that exaggerated overlap.

Thanks for finding the photo! Hope it didn't take too long.
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:49 AM
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Not more than about 3 hours pouring over lovely photos
What a chore.....
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I'm wondering if anyone out there with connections to Australia can help me to clear up a mystery please? When The Queen visited the Australian War Memorial and rededicated the Hall there (wearing a delicate pink suit and matching hat, with a fine feathery fringe at the back) she had on a beautiful brooch I have never seen her wear anywhere else. It appeared to be a spray of gold "twigs" with beautiful opal leaves or flowers.

I wrote to the Memorial and they were wonderful in providing me with a colour photo, but I promised not to share or publish it so I can't show you - sorry! I believe there is a not very nice one which I'll try to find and link to if I can; now found -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...nsigningaw.jpg

I just have a feeling that this may be a gift either from Australia as a whole, or maybe one of the opal-producing areas - anyone able to help please?
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Old 05-21-2007, 11:52 AM
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Wow - I haven't seen that one before, but it looks impressive. Warren, being Australian, might have some more information.
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