Last night (April 5), the Queen addressed the nation in a rare and historic broadcast to encourage everyone in the UK to keep doing their part in the fight against coronavirus as she promised, “we will all meet again”.
For this special televised speech, Her Majesty opted to wear statement pearls and a turquoise and diamond brooch.
The royal family have often been advocates for pearls, so it was no surprise to see the Queen in a multi strand necklace and studs featuring the classic gemstone.
Eyes were particularly drawn though to the brooch which stood out as it sat on her turquoise dress throughout the message.
The brooch is from Her Majesty’s extensive vault and it’s the Queen Mary Turquoise and Diamond Brooch,
Queen Mary received the brooch in 1893 as a wedding present from her in-laws, the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. They were the Prince and Princess of Wales at the time of her wedding.
It is most likely the brooch passed from Queen Mary to Queen Elizabeth on the former’s death in 1953.
However, Her Majesty did not wear it in public until 2014.
The Queen has a vast selection of jewels at her disposal, and she will often wear a brooch with her outfit. When appropriate, the brooch will convey a meaning – for example, wearing the Maple Leaf brooch when in Canada to signify friendship with the country.
As a stone, turquoise is often associated with calm and uplifting qualities, with many jewellers using it in collections to represent wisdom, care and healing – qualities which are very apt in a time of global pandemic.
Furthermore, pearls often symbol protection, purity, integrity and loyalty – again, an appropriate choice for such a message.
Last night’s speech was only the fifth time the Queen has addressed the nation in this way, and the goal really was to rally the nation in the fight against coronavirus, thank those who are risking their lives on the front line, and encourage everybody to continue working together and follow the governments guidelins.
Speaking from Windsor Castle, the Queen said: “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.
“This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Screen shot from BBC’s broadcast