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Old 07-27-2012, 06:48 PM
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HM at the Opening ceremony


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Old 07-27-2012, 07:45 PM
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Here are my top 10 favorite brooches from the Queen:

1. Williamson Diamond
2. Prince Albert Sapphire
3. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
4. Cullinan III Brooch
5. Cullinan V
6. Cullinan VI Brooch
7. Queen Victoria's Fringe Brooch
8. Cambridge Pearl Pendant
9. Queen Victoria's Bows
10. Maple Leaf Brooch

This list is bound to grow! It was hard to choose my number one but, the Williamson brooch is breathtaking!
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:06 PM
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HM wore the King William IV Brooch

In 1830 King William IV took six large brilliants and a number of smaller stones from a diamond-studded Badge of the Order of the Bath that had belonged to his father, King George III, and had this brooch made using the six large stones set in a circular frame around a cluster centre. It was left to the Crown by Queen Victoria in 1901. Queen Mary attached a large oval diamond drop to the brooch in 1929 and Queen Elizabeth wore it (without the drop) at her Coronation in 1937.
- 'The Jewels of Queen Elizabeth II' by Leslie Field p/b p 80.

Although the third image is clear and comparatively sharp it lacks any sense of depth, thereby giving the brooch the appearance of being somewhat flat, which of course it's not.

v thumbnails 1 & 2 cropped from much larger images and not subject to copyright
It's likely that thumbnail 3 is a scan, probably from Ms Field's book.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:17 PM
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That is a really pretty brooch. Thank you for the picture, Warren.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:21 PM
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Her expression makes me ROFL. It's like she's thinking: "What the *&@ am I doing here??"
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:40 PM
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That brooch positively flamed with rainbows of color tonight- lovely
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:47 PM
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London Olympics Jewels

Does anyone know anything about that fabulous brooch HM wore for the Opening Ceremonies? I thought it might be the William IV brooch, but now I think maybe not. It didn't look that familiar and I've never seen it except in photographs anyway.

I didn't notice anything but those rather pedestrian earrings on the Duchess of Cambridge, and US television showed just about nothing of the Duchess of Cornwall, so would love photos of whatever jewelry they had on.

And what a good sport HM was to play along with James Bond! Well done ma'am! And your little dogs too!
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:35 PM
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yes it is the William IV brooch aka Queen Adelaide Brooch (William IV's consort) much more information here.

http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/

under the royal jewels forums you can find discussions on each of the aforementioned royal's jewels for the opening ceremonies.
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That is one amazing cluster of diamonds and the first time, for me, that I've seen her wear it. I can't believe she jumped out of a helicopter wearing that!
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That is one amazing cluster of diamonds and the first time, for me, that I've seen her wear it. I can't believe she jumped out of a helicopter wearing that!
I thought the brooch was very pretty too (and of course I love that it was simple, not too over-the-top). Somehow, I don't think she herself could believe that 'she' could jump out of a helicopter wearing such a heirloom . I'd love to see the replica that was used for the stunt-double.
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...I can't believe she jumped out of a helicopter wearing that!
She probably carried it in her handbag till she landed safely

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...I'd love to see the replica that was used for the stunt-double.
There is a picture of him in this article but you can't really see it very well:

London Olympics 2012: Gary Connery played the Queen for opening ceremony | Mail Online
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Very entertaining story, thanks for the link. I remember that it was reported last year on April Fool's that "James Bond" would be parachuting in at the Olympics and HM would have a role, but it was scoffed as a joke. I guess sometimes you can believe the things that you read in the media.
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Very entertaining story, thanks for the link. I remember that it was reported last year on April Fool's that "James Bond" would be parachuting in at the Olympics and HM would have a role, but it was scoffed as a joke. I guess sometimes you can believe the things that you read in the media.
I remember when the rumors came out - but I thought maybe in the next bond film a nod to the jubilee.... never thought of olympics.
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Today! Love this sapphire. Image Upper.com - Free Image Hosting - View Image
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A big picture to see all the beauty of the brooch.
You can read about its history and provenance here.

Image posted with the permission of Royal Collection.
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I think what makes these old pieces interesting are the flaws, if they can be called that. No two stones are cut the same. Obviously all hand cut. You do not see that today. With all the lasers, etc, each diamond would look exactly the same to the naked eye.
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Beautiful piece! Hope to see Kate wearing it one day in the future.

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Discussion of the jewels currently on display at Buckingham Palace has been moved to the Royal Jewellery...Exhibitions thread.
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Not sure where to post this, but I thought since the article dealt with designing a new brooch for Her Majesty to mark her Diamond Jubilee, this thread would work (if not, the Mods could move it to a thread that's better suited):

Cambridge City News, Cambridge Local News Stories & Latest Headlines About Cambridge | 'Brooch fit for Queen' competition
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Thanks for posting that, Daria. I really like the brooches selected for a shortlist. My favourites are:
- The Queen's Firework Brooch
- The Floral Time Capsule
- Leading Light Brooch
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