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Queen Elizabeth’s 10 Favorite Drinks Slideshow

Queen Elizabeth’s 10 Favorite Drinks Slideshow

Her favorite cocktails, wines, and water

Queen Elizabeth’s 10 Favorite Drinks

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There’s something inherently fascinating about the British royal family, even to us Americans, especially when it comes out that they like to party like the rest of us. It has been reported that Queen Elizabeth drinks four alcoholic beverages a day. Well, former royal chef Darren McGrady told Reader’s Digest that isn’t necessarily the case. “I’m pretty confident she doesn’t have four drinks a day,” he said. “She’d be pickled.” And while that is totally fair, we couldn’t help but wonder: What does Queen Elizabeth like to drink? And could her choice of beverages be a factor in her longevity?

Big Tom Tomato Juice

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This organic, spiced tomato juice from Suffolk, England, is the perfect Bloody Mary base. And though we’re not sure if that’s what Queen Elizabeth uses this spicy vegetable drink for, we do know she’s a fan. In 2002, Big Tom was granted the Royal Warrant for supplying the royal family for no less than five years.

Bollinger Champagne

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Krug Champagne

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Krug, an expensive French Champagne brand, is also reported to be one of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite brands of bubbly.

Lanson Champagne

Champagne Lanson was once the Champagne supplier to the royal families in the U.K., Sweden, and Spain. It remains a favorite of the British royal family to this day and bears Queen Elizabeth’s coat of arms on its bottle.

Dubonnet and Gin

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This cocktail is a reported favorite of Queen Elizabeth’s, and she’s said to enjoy it often. Dubonnet — a sweet, wine-based aperitif — is mixed with gin and plenty of ice and garnished with a slice of lemon. Dubonnet was also a favorite of the Queen Mother’s.

German Hock

Hock is a British term for German white wine and often refers to white wine specifically from the Rhine region. The queen reportedly enjoys white wine on occasion.

Malvern Water

This bottled drinking water from the springs of the Malvern Hills has been enjoyed by the British royal family for centuries. Queen Elizabeth is reported to enjoy several large bottles of it a day and refuses to travel without it.

Portuguese Mateus Rosé

In the 1960s, this wine was all the rage, and it remains a favorite of Queen Elizabeth’s. Though she’s not a huge wine fan, the wine cellar is still fully stocked, of course.

Sparkling Wine

Did you know that the queen has her own line of sparkling wine? In 2011, seven acres of Champagne grapes were planted at Windsor Palace’s south lawn, and the wine was finally released this winter. The wine was available as a three-bottle set and retailed for £75. Of course, the wine sold out instantly.

Twinings English Breakfast Tea With Milk


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


Queen Elizabeth's Brooches Are More Than Just Pretty Jewels&mdashand Their Secret Meanings Are Fascinating

These 10 pieces have historic and personal significance.

Queen Elizabeth's jewelry collection is among the most impressive in the world, full of oversized diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more. But the pieces' aesthetic caliber and monetary worth&mdashconsiderable though they are&mdashare often rivaled by their sentimental value and historical significance. That's particularly true for her brooches, which are often gifted to the Queen or commissioned for special occasions. Here, the meanings behind 10 of the Queen's most stunning brooches.

The Queen received the Scarab Brooch as a personal gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1996. Because of this, it carried a special meaning when she wore the gold, ruby, and diamond piece for her and Philip's official platinum anniversary portrait.

The Prince Albert Brooch carries a legacy dating back to Queen Victoria's reign. The gold-set sapphire and diamond piece was given to Victoria by her husband-to-be, Prince Albert, on the day before their nuptials she then decided to wear it on her wedding gown.

In part because of its historical significance, the Court Jeweller's Ella Kay notes, Victoria designated the brooch as an heirloom of the crown in her will&mdashmeaning that each subsequent reigning monarch would inherit it. All four Queens and Queen Consorts since have worn it. The Queen wears this piece relatively often&mdashand every time she does, in-the-know royal watchers are reminded of this continuity.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother, and it is framed by 100 diamonds&mdashhence the "centenary" in its name. Collins and Sons made the piece, which features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen's 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.

The Queen wore this brooch for her 2002 Christmas broadcast, which took place nine months after her mother's death, and included a special memorial message for the Queen Mother, per Ella Kay.

The Queen's parents gave her the Flower Basket Brooch in 1948 to celebrate the birth of her first child and heir, Prince Charles. She subsequently wore it in her first official portrait with the newborn. Decades later, she wore the piece to the christening of Charles's first grandchild, Prince George she also chose it for that year's Christmas address, underscoring the continuing line of succession.

This New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch was given to the Queen by the Auckland mayor's wife, Lady Allum, back in the 1950s. It was crafted as a Christmas present from "the women of Auckland," and is designed in the shape of a fern, one of New Zealand's emblems.

To this day, the Queen&mdashand sometimes other senior royals&mdashwill wear this piece when visiting New Zealand or attending events with a tie to the country.

Queen Elizabeth actually holds another, curious title: the Duke of Lancaster. Ever since 1399, the monarch has held this title&mdashand regardless of the current reigning monarch's gender, they're always known as the Duke of Lancaster, not the Duchess. Today, the Duchy serves as a key source of income for the royal family.

This brooch mimics the Duchy's coat of arms, and the Queen is known to wear it while visiting Lancaster.

Like the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, which the Queen wears for New Zealand-centric occasions, the Maple Leaf Brooch helps the monarch subtly pay tribute to Canada.

The diamond, platinum-set piece was first made for the Queen Mother as a gift from King George VI ahead of their state visit to Canada, per Ella Kay. Ever since, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall have been pictured wearing it at Canadian events.

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this feather-inspired piece to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. It mimics the feather of an eagle, one of Scotland's native birds, according to Ella Kay.

Ever since receiving the brooch, the Queen has often worn it to the Braemar Gathering, a storied highland games competition.

The Order of Liberation gave this piece to the Queen in 1990, to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous Appeal of 18 June, delivered on June 18, 1940 (also the day Winston Churchill gave his "Finest Hour" speech).

The Queen rarely wears the Coral Rose Brooch, but when she does, it's often for a French event. Memorably, she chose it during a 2004 trip to Paris, which marked the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a series of agreements that improved foreign relations between France and the U.K.

Famously, one of the Queen's favorite events is the Chelsea Flower Show, put on every year by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS bestowed this piece on the Queen, their royal patron, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Its shape is taken from that of the Iris Unguicularis, a flower associated with the show.


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