Queen Elizabeth II, 94, posed beside her husband Prince Philip, 98, for a special new portrait to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 99th birthday on June 10. In the photo, the Queen wears a floral Angela Kelly dress paired with one of her favourite pieces of jewellery – the Cullinan V brooch.
The hidden meaning behind the Queen’s brooch
The Cullinan V brooch is a heart-shaped piece encrusted with diamonds and has a fascinating history.
The brooch is one of several pieces of royal jewellery to feature one of a number of stones cut from the famous 3,106-carat Cullinan – the largest diamond ever found.
The original Cullinan stone was mined in South Africa and given to King Edward VII in 1907 by the government of the Transvaal.
In 2012 the Cullinan V brooch went on display in the Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition at Buckingham Palace.
To mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne 10,000 diamonds set in works acquired by six monarchs over three centuries went on display to the public.
Many of the items in the show were from the Queen’s personal collection as well as those chosen for their artistic significance and historical importance from the Royal Collection.
The Queen is a huge fan of brooches and regularly werars them to finish off outfits for special royal occasions.