Queen pays tribute to her mother by wearing an aquamarine brooch

A touching tribute! Queen wore her mother’s aquamarine art-deco brooch as she attended Trooping the Colour to mark her 95th birthday

  • The Queen, 95, wore art deco aquamarine brooch in a tribute to her late mother
  • Brooch dates back to the 1930s and was gifted to the queen on mother’s death
  • She has worn diamond and bright blue aquamarine piece on several occasions 

The Queen paid tribute to her late mother by wearing an aquamarine brooch as she attended Trooping the Colour to mark her 95th birthday yesterday.

The monarch, 95, donned the art deco brooch, set with diamonds and bright blue aquamarines, as she attended the event held at Windsor Castle yesterday. 

The piece has been in the royal family for decades with the Queen Mother wearing the brooch during a during a visit with French President Lebrun at Windsor Castle in March 1939. 

Her Majesty was left the precious piece of jewellery, which dates back to the 1930s, when the Queen Mother died in 2002 and has been spotted wearing it on several occasions. 

The Queen, 95, paid tribute to her late mother as she donned an aquamarine brooch belonging to her late mother at the Trooping the Colour event held at Windsor Castle yesterday 

Her Majesty wore the special brooch for her annual Christmas Broadcast in 2015 and was last seen wearing it at a garden party in Buckingham Palace in 2017. 

Queen Elizabeth also wore a recycled dove grey ensemble with yellow accents for her official birthday celebrations in the traditional Trooping of the Colour ceremony yesterday. 

She looked radiant in the smart ensemble – a departure from her usual bright colour palette – which she teamed with her usual black Launer handbag and black patent leather shoes with silver buckles. 

The monarch previously showcased the coat and its matching pleated hat with spike flowers, along with her signature pearls and white gloves, at Royal Ascot Ladies Day in 2019. 

Her Majesty was left the precious piece of jewellery, which dates back to the 1930s, when the Queen Mother died in 2002 and has been spotted wearing it on several occasions (pictured with the Queen Mother in 1997)

The piece has been in the royal family for decades with the Queen Mother wearing the brooch during a during a visit with French President Lebrun at Windsor Castle in March 1939 (pictured) 

It appears the coat has been modified with the addition of a set of buttons down the front of the coat, giving it a fresh look for today’s occasion. 

The Duke of Kent, the Queen’s cousin, joined her on a dais in the castle’s quadrangle in his role as Colonel of the Scots Guards today.

The pandemic has meant for the second year in succession the military commemoration of the Queen’s official birthday is being staged at her Berkshire home rather than in central London, but its scope has increased from last year. 

Soldiers and musicians from the Massed Band of the Household Division marched onto the parade area at Windsor Castle ahead of the ceremony which allow the Guardsmen to show their precision marching skills while maintaining a social distance of just over two metres. 

Her Majesty has worn the art deco brooch, set with diamonds and bright blue aquamarines, on several previous occasions including her 2015 Christmas broadcast

The monarch previously showcased the coat and its matching pleated hat with spike flowers, along with her signature pearls and white gloves, at Royal Ascot Ladies Day in 2019 (pictured) – though it appears the coat has been modified with the addition of a set of buttons down the front of the coat

The senior military officer who planned the celebrations has said his aim was to create a ‘memorable and uplifting day’ for the monarch.

Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone and his team had been working for months to stage the event at Windsor Castle which has been dubbed a mini Trooping the Colour.

The Guardsmen taking part had been supporting local communities and the NHS across the UK during the pandemic or serving overseas on military operations.

Her Majesty teamed her outfit with her usual black Launer handbag and black patent leather shoes with silver buckles

The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, joined the head of state for the ceremony and F Company Scots Guards Trooped the Colour of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards through the ranks of guardsmen on parade. 

Lt Col Stone was asked about planning the Queen’s official birthday celebrations: ‘It’s been extremely demanding; we’ve had to tackle Covid like everybody else, with some people needing to isolate and therefore not being able to be on parade.’

He explained there was the added issue of a lack of daily practice of ceremonial duties, because the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been stopped since March 2020 to avoid crowds gathering.

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