This page lists Her Majesty’s brooches. Many of them gifts were over the course of her reign, and they must hold many memories for her. Accessorising almost all her official and working day outfits, it seems to be a good opportunity to take a look at this vast collection and show you all the pieces she owns, with their history if at all possible.
The brooches are separated into categories according to their stones or colour, should you wish to find out about one in particular, being able to identify it only by its stone or colour. More links will come as the ‘database of diamonds’ expands.
So let’s take a look at The Queen’s brooches – enjoy!
Certain pieces are easy to research and look-up and are searchable on the internet, or in books, though others can be tricky. For this reason, I sometimes defer to the more knowledgeable authors of Order of Splendour, an informative and detailed site covering the European jewel collections too, or From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault, their sister site.
There are some fab books available on The Queen’s jewellery, and I recommend Leslie Fields’ ‘The Queen’s Jewels’, Suzy Menkes’ ‘The Royal Jewels’ and Hugh Roberts’ ‘The Queen’s Diamonds’, which I reference in the series, but bear in mind the first two are almost 30 years old now(!).
The former focusses solely on Elizabeth II’s collection, and Menkes’s book features jewels from Victoria to Diana. Of interest to Royal watchers of fashion and jewellery, is a book by Angela Kelly, The Queen’s dresser and assistant, called ‘Dressing The Queen: A Jubilee Wardrobe’. It was released, unsurprisingly, for the Jubilee in 2012, and it is a great look at how Her Majesty’s wardrobe works, and is put together.