Queen Elizabeth often uses her brooches to convey a message to the world. Many of the priceless and heavily embellished pieces have been handed down through generations of her family, so they have their own sentimental story to tell. One example is the Flower Basket Brooch, which was given to the Queen in 1948 by her parents upon the birth of Prince Charles.
She wore it a few weeks later for his first official photographs. In 2013, she wore it again, this time to the christening of her great-grandson Prince George. That Christmas she further drove home the symbolic message wearing it for her annual festive speech, with framed pictures of George’s christening and of her father, King George VI behind her.
In a romantic nod to her husband of 72 years Prince Philip, the Queen celebrated their most recent wedding anniversary in November 2020 by wearing the Chrysanthemum Brooch, a sapphire and diamond pin she wore for a series of portraits taken with him on their honeymoon in 1947. It was the very same brooch she chose in 2007 to mark their 60th wedding anniversary.