Published On: Sun, Apr 5th, 2020

Queen’s address to the nation: Her Majesty wears Queen Mary’s turquoise & diamond brooch

The Queen, 93, made a historic address to the nation tonight to steady the UK’s nerves as the country battles coronavirus. Her Majesty looked bright in turquoise blue, and she matched her dress to her impressive diamond and turquoise brooch.

She chose the sapphire and diamond Prince Albert brooch, a present from Albert to Queen Victoria on the eve of their wedding in 1840.

This stunning piece of jewellery appears to be one of the Queen’s favourites, and she often wears it with blue toned outfits.

The day before their 1840 wedding the German prince gift his bride-to-be this piece. It features a huge central sapphire with diamonds set around it.

Victoria said of it in her diary it was a “splendid brooch, a large sapphire set round with diamonds, which is really quite beautiful.”

At the time, columnist Hadley Freeman pointed out that the Queen Mother had worn the leaf brooch to the funeral of her deceased husband King George VI. “So not one associated with happiness and joy,” Freeman wrote in The Guardian.

Sali Hughes, the author of Our Rainbow Queen, also explained in her book the key significance of the monarch’s wardrobe.

“What [Queen Elizabeth] cannot overtly say with language, she secretly says with clothes,” Hughes wrote.

“Truly, Elizabeth II’s quiet, devastating trolling through fashion could inspire an assassin.”

She added: “This might seem a conspiracy theory too far, were it not for the fact that the Queen is known to have matched her brooches thematically throughout her entire reign.”

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