The Queen donned rarely worn wedding gift brooch for video call

  • The Queen, 94, recently spoke with Commonwealth volunteers during video call
  • Royal opted to wear gold brooch that was gift from 1947 wedding for appearance
  • Has worn the piece, which features gold net with five lilies, on rare occasions
  • Royal marked her 73rd wedding anniversary with Prince Philip earlier this month 

The Queen wore a rarely seen diamond and ruby brooch she received as a wedding gift for a call with Commonwealth leaders days after her anniversary with husband Prince Philip.

The monarch, 94, donned the glittering Golden Trellis brooch for a video appearance with the Commonwealth Points of Light award earlier this week.

The centrepiece of the brooch is a folded gold net or trellis work with five lilies or leaves in diamonds with ruby stems. 

The heirloom was a gift from a guest at her wedding to Prince Philip, 99, in 1947, with the royal opting to wear the jewel days after they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. 

The Queen, 94, paid subtle tribute to her husband Prince Philip, 99, by wearing a gold brooch that was a gift from their wedding during a recent video call

While it isn’t known who gifted the royal the brooch, it is believed to have been a present from the director of fine jewellery store Garrard. 

The monarch has worn the piece less than a handful of times in the last couple of years, last opting for the brooch for an investiture in Buckingham Palace in March.     

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During the video call, which was released yesterday, the Queen has paid tribute to the ‘wonderful’ efforts of Commonwealth volunteers and was treated to her first ever virtual musical performance in honour of her 73rd wedding anniversary. 

Wildlife enthusiast Len Peters, from Trinidad, who chatted to the Queen during a video call, was the first person to receive the Commonwealth Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteering work by individuals.

The brooch, which was a gift from a guest at the Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding, is a folded gold net or trellis work with five lilies or leaves in diamonds with ruby stems

Her Majesty praised the efforts of Mr Peters, who is a turtle conservationist who featured in Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series, and two other award recipients who were part of the call.

‘Thank you all for taking part in this programme,’ the monarch said. ‘I’m delighted to have heard your stories and I think it’s wonderful work that you’re all doing, and volunteering so much. Thank you very much.’

The Queen, who donned a red and pink dress along with a pearl necklace, asked Mr Peters about his appearance on the broadcaster’s popular wildlife series: ‘So David Attenborough got to know what you were doing?’

He told the Queen his relatives were one of the largest turtle-eating families in his village but he and a group of friends came together ‘to try and make a difference’.

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Queen Elizabeth Wears Special Brooch for 73rd Wedding Anniversary

Queen Elizabeth Brooch Is the Perfect Touch to Commemorate Her 73rd Wedding Anniversary With Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip look at their homemade wedding anniversary card, given to them by their great grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle ahead of their 73rd wedding anniversary. Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Shutterstock

So touching! Queen Elizabeth looked lovely in a sweet photo with Prince Philip celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary. But there’s more to her outfit than meets the eye.

On Thursday, November 19, the monarch donned a lovely pastel dress with her signature strand of pearls and the Chrysanthemum brooch. With sapphires and diamonds set in platinum to form a chrysanthemum design, not only is this jewelry a stunning piece, but it also has sentimental value. According to royal expert Omid Scobie, this brooch was worn on her honeymoon with the Duke of Edinburgh.

She received the item in 1946 when launching the British Princess oil tanker, The Court Jeweller reports. Since then, she’s worn it to all kinds of official outings. Before being crowned, she wore it for a 1948 appearance at Grosvenor Square for the unveiling of a memorial to American president Franklin D. Roosevelt. A few weeks later, she wore it again when visiting Paris to warn against the dangers of nationalism at the Galliera Museum.

Following her coronation, she’s paired it with all kinds of colorful ensembles. In 1965, she wore it when visiting the tomb of the late Empress Menen Asfaw of Ethiopia. In 1997, she wore it during a luncheon with Robert and Grace Mugabe at Buckingham Palace. And in 2015, she wore it on a blue jacket for Easter Sunday services at Windsor.

The monarch loves to elevate her looks with a statement brooch and her collection is quite extraordinary. While there are many that were passed down to her from Queen Victoria and from her grandmother, Queen Mary, there are also a lot like the Chrysanthemum piece that were designed specially for her.

For instance, for the royal’s 18th birthday, her parents commissioned a pair of dazzling aquamarine clips. Her husband has also gifted many standout brooches, including Scarab Brooch, which is a gold, ruby and diamond piece he gave her in 1966.

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