The 96-year-old wore the stunning piece to the Chelsea Flower Show recently.
Queen Elizabeth was recently spotted wearing a rarely seen piece of jewelry at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.
The Queen sported a stunning brooch made of pink and blue sapphires that was pinned to her coat which channeled springtime. She donned a fuchsia coat with gold buttons over a white floral-print dress. According to The Daily Mail, the piece is made by Cartier, and the 96-year-old reportedly received the exquisite piece alongside a pair of earrings as a gift on her 19th birthday. The piece represents a stunning bouquet of flowers: a perfect nod to the flower show where the monarch visited garden displays in honour of her Platinum Jubilee. The stems and leaves of the brooch are pretty luxurious as they have one leaf of pavé-set diamonds.
The rarely-seen brooch has a touching backstory: it was a gift from her parents—King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother—on her 19th birthday, reports PEOPLE. According to the outlet, the Queen has previously worn it for special occasions, including a portrait session at Buckingham Palace with a baby Prince Charles in 1949. The Queen last wore the special brooch as part of another flower show during her 2011 tour of Australia. At that time, she paired it with a purple ensemble. Before that, she hadn't worn the piece since her Christmas broadcast in 1990. According to Leslie Field's The Queen's Jewels, Her Majesty's birthday gift also included a matching pair of earrings in the shape of flowers. These matching earrings have not been seen in many years.
🌸 The Queen, Patron of @The_RHS, visits the annual Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 23, 2022
Established in 1913, the show is one of the world’s greatest showcases for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the globe.#RHSChelsea pic.twitter.com/XjHoYUz9qo
The seniormost royal was treated to displays commemorating her historic 70 years on the throne at the Chelsea Flower Show. The display was designed by Simon Lycett and featured laser-cut steel silhouettes of the monarch, surrounded by 70 planted, terra-cotta pots, representing each year of her reign, reports Harper's Bazaar. BBC reports that the Queen used a buggy for the first time for the event. The monarch who has mobility problems was shown around the annual flower show in the vehicle. "Adjustments have been made for the Queen's comfort," said a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman. The flower show was canceled due to the Covid pandemic in 2020 and rescheduled to September in 2021. It is now back in its usual Spring season for the first time since 2019. Other members of the royal family also attended the event, including Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; the Duke of Gloucester; the Duke of Kent; Prince Michael of Kent; and Princess Alexandra.
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