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Did you spot Princess Charlotte’s subtle tribute to her great-grandmother? (Picture: Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Princess Charlotte arrived at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II holding hands with her mother, Kate, the Princess of Wales, and with Prince George by her side.

While many of us will be focused on the young Royals’ mature behaviour at Westminster Abbey (and rightly so), something you might not have noticed is Charlotte’s nod to her great-grandmother.

Pinned to the seven-year-old’s black dress was a tiny horse shoe brooch.

While any brooch would be a subtle tribute to the Queen (the monarch adored a brooch), this one is extra special as it references Elizabeth II’s love of horses.

It’s been reported that a love of all things equestrian is something Princess Charlotte and the Queen, along with Prince Philip, shared.

At just seven years old Princess Charlotte is already an avid horse rider, much to the delight of her father, Prince William.

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

Charlotte wore a horse shoe brooch, representing her and the Queen’s shared love of all things equestrian (Picture: REUTERS)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Princess Charlotte of Wales during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Charlotte wore a black dress coat and a simple hat (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Prince George and Princess Charlotte attends the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, London, UK

She stood with Prince George and her mother, Catherine (Picture: ©Karwai Tang)

Queen Elizabeth II, as you’ll know, was long a fan of horse riding, regularly taking her horses out for rides, attending Windsor Horse Show, and owning winning horses at the races.

The Queen chatted about ‘her love for horses right to the very end’, according to John Warren, who worked as a racing adviser to the monarch.

Princess Charlotte isn’t the only royal who has paid tribute to the Queen’s passion for horses at the funeral.

Lady Louise Windsor has been seen wearing a simple silver necklace with a horse pendant to both the vigil and the funeral, a nod, too, to her shared adoration for the animals.

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Lady Louise also referenced the Queen’s love of horses with her jewellery, worn to both the vigil and the funeral (Picture: Chris Jackson)

It’s a lovely way to honour a special bond the younger royals had with the late monarch – and one that you won’t see Kate, the Princess of Wales picking up.

Why? Kate’s actually allergic to horses, so is one of the few Royals that doesn’t ride.



The Queen’s love of horses

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At just the tender age of four, Princess Elizabeth was gifted her first pony – a Shetland mare – by her grandfather, King George V. 

This present marked the beginning of the little girl’s life-long love of that most majestic of animals, the horse. 

Indeed, one of the earliest photos of her, taken in 1937, depicts the bouncing curls, brimmed hat, and broad smile of the future Queen giddily riding on her beloved beast.

‘There’s that wonderful story, to which every horsey child can relate, about her going to visit some of her father King George’s horses when they were being prepped for a big race,’ says Marta Terry of Horse and Hound. ‘She stroked them, and then didn’t wash her hands for the rest of the day. So she’s always been a horse lover.’

Queen Elizabeth II’s obsession with horses started early and translated to an appreciation for many other creatures, with a reputation as an animal lover being one of her most beloved attributes. The subsequent ownership of her corgis, multiple horses, two giant turtles, elephant, sloth and two jaguars over the years all prove her majesty’s special affinity towards the planet’s many creatures – great and small.

As she approached her teenage years, Princess Elizabeth’s love of horses didn’t diminish. She could often be seen riding alongside her father and younger sister, Margaret, being instructed in riding lessons on the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II, left) and her younger sister Princess Margaret Rose (right) with a land girl at harvest time, Sandringham, Norfolk, 17th August 1943

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II, left) and her younger sister Princess Margaret Rose (right) with a land girl at harvest time, Sandringham, Norfolk, 17th August 1943 (Picture: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles ride horses in the park of Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles ride horses in the park of Windsor Castle (Picture: CENTRAL PRESS PHOTO LTD/AFP via Getty Images)

At 16, her mother, Queen Elizabeth, and father took their daughter to visit Fred Darlings’ stables and it was there she was introduced to Big Game, the horse who had won the 2000 Guineas for her father, and where her interest in horse racing was born.

To commemorate her wedding, the Aga Khan presented Queen Elizabeth with her first racing horse, Astrakhan, who she debuted at Ascot in October 1949. 

Vanity Fair reported that the Queen’s commitment to Royal Ascot at the famous track preceded all other calendar entries; that the horse races were the ‘first engagement to go in her diary at the start of every year’. 

However, it was clear that as much as she enjoyed the races, the young monarch was just as happy to swap her seat in the royal box for a turn on the course. ‘She used to love racing down the course before racing officially began,’ racing commentator Brough Scott told Vanity Fair. ‘She probably knows Ascot racecourse better than anyone else.’ 

Queen Elizabeth and Princes Margaret ride in a carriage at Ascot in 1949, the year she was given her first racing horse, Astrakhan

Queen Elizabeth and Princes Margaret at Ascot in 1949, the year she was given her first racing horse, Astrakhan (Picture: Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Donned in ceremonial uniform, she rode 36 times at the Trooping the Colour military parade

Donned in ceremonial uniform, she rode 36 times at the Trooping the Colour military parade (Picture: Getty Images)

When she wasn’t cheering in the stands of races, Queen Elizabeth was riding. Donned in ceremonial uniform, she rode 36 times at the Trooping the Colour military parade, side-saddled alongside 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians, all to mark the Queen’s birthday. 

She was spotted on horseback traipsing around Balmoral Castle in Scotland, leading Prince Andrew through Windsor Park, and giving world leaders tours of castle grounds – even well into her later years when others would favour a more restful life.

The Queen spoke of her favourite horses to Horse and Hound magazine: Burmese, who she rode in Trooping the Colour for 18 years, and Sanction, the last home-bred horse she rode. Terry Pendy, the Queen’s head groom, described her to Horse and Hound as a ‘fountain of knowledge in all things equine, you might say a living encyclopaedia.’ Her adoration of horses is evident every time her face lit up when looking at one on the racetrack, in the stable, or at events.

‘The Queen’s love for horses is infectious,’ says Martha Terry. ‘I think that whenever we see her in the public eye, she seems most naturally happy when she is around horses.’

The legacy of love for horses has been passed onto her children, as Queen Elizabeth spent equestrian days out with Prince Edward and attended horse trials accompanied by Princess Anne. Prince Henry and William have taken up polo and Zara Tindall, Anne’s daughter, became the first of the Royals to win a medal at the Olympics.

As Queen Elizabeth aged, she was still seen engaging in one of her favourite pastimes. With her headscarf in place, sunglasses on, and coat buttoned up, the Queen was often accompanied by her head groom, Terry Pendry, for rides around Windsor.

It was in September 2021 when she was last spotted on horseback. ‘She was in quite a bit of discomfort,’ a source told The Sun. ‘She adores riding and it has been part of her ritual for most of her life. She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September.’

It was in September 2021 when she was last spotted on horseback. ‘She was in quite a bit of discomfort,’ a source told The Sun. ‘She adores riding and it has been part of her ritual for most of her life. She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September.’

The Queen riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle accompanied by her Stud Groom Terry Pendry, in October 2008

The Queen riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle accompanied by her head groom Terry Pendry, in October 2008 (Picture: Getty Images)

A 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth riding Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park, in May 2020

A 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth riding Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park, in May 2020 (Picture: STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Queen inspects a horse as she attends the 2019 Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor

The Queen inspects a horse as she attends the 2019 Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor (Picture: DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Even while the Queen tested positive with COVID-19 in February 2022, her horse Kincardine – trained and bred by the palace – won at Newbury, proving that her keen eye for a winner was unwavering.

As her health declined, the Queen chose to bow out of several commitments and engagements, with many wondering whether she was going to be well enough to attend the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

 Queen Elizabeth II attends the 'A Gallop Through History' performance, part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 15, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II attends the ‘A Gallop Through History’ performance, part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 15, 2022 (Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

However, she flashed her trademark grin when she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show – which was always thought to be her favourite event in her calendar.

Her Majesty was all smiles when her horse was named supreme champion at the prestigious event, happily chatting with staff and onlookers from the window of her vehicle.

On the day of her death, the Queen’s final runner Improvise turned out at Epsom in a bid to become her final winner. Looking to all the world like she was going to provide a fairytale ending, the three-year-old – who was also bred by the Queen – was beaten by the smallest of margins on the line.

As a seasoned and sporting owner, Her Majesty would surely have still enjoyed the thrill of the race.

‘Her passionate involvement in every equestrian sphere – whether it’s breeding or racing, of her own offspring competing in eventing, racing, polo at top level, or as patron of various welfare and rare breeds charities – is inspirational,’ recounts Martha Terry.

‘Everyone who shares The Queen’s passion for horses is in her debt.’



A guide to some of the Queen’s most iconic brooches and their meanings

Queen Elizabeth II had a collection of more than 100 brooches, but there were some that held extra special meaning.

Here’s your cheat sheet.

The sapphire chrysanthemum brooch

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The Queen and Prince Philip’s honeymoon photos (Picture: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

queen elizabeth II at the christening of princess anne

Elizabeth wore this brooch for the Christening of Princess Anne (Picture: ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

HM The Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh re-visit Broadlands,  to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh re-visit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20 (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

The Sapphire chrysanthemum brooch is a simple but statement design, with multiple platinum-set sapphires surrounded by diamond petals.

It was given to the then Princess Elizabeth for launch the British Princess oil tanker in 1946, and she went on to wear it for many key moments, including her honeymoon, Princess Anne’s Christening, and her and Prince Philip’s diamond wedding anniversary.

The Dorset bow brooch

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II pictured with baby Prince Charles at his christening

At the Christening of Charles (Picture: mirrorpix/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

A family heirloom, the Dorset bow brooch was Queen Mary’s wedding gift from the county of Dorset. It was then given to Elizabeth for her wedding, and she went on to wear it frequently, including for the Christening of Prince Charles.

It was often used to symbolise remembrance – the Queen wore it for many Remembrance Day events, as well as for the funeral of the Duke of Windsor.

The Queen Mother’s art deco leaf brooch

Prince Charles and his mother Princess Elizabeth II arrive at London airport after a trip in Italy, on April 25, 1951.

Yes, that is Charles (Picture: INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP) (Photo by -/INTERCONTINENTALE/AFP via Getty Images)

Crafted by Cartier in 1928, this brooch was passed along quite a bit, given by King George VI to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, then to Queen Elizabeth II (Princess Elizabeth at the time) as a birthday present.

She wore it many times in the 1950s, including in the moment above, when she touched down in London after a trip to Italy.

The aquamarine clip brooches

President Obama And The First Lady Lunch With The Queen and Prince Philip

The set was made by Boucheron ten years before being given to Elizabeth on her 18th birthday (Picture: Jack Hill – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

State Opening Of Parliament 2021

She often wore the pin pair with blue-toned outfits (Picture: Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

These twin brooches were Queen Elizabeth II’s 18th birthday gift from her parents, so it’s no surprise that the monarch absolutely adored them.

She wore the set many, many times during her reign, especially on anniversaries connected to her father’s memory, such as on the date of her Jubilee.

You’ll spot the striking blue duo in photos from the Queen’s message for her diamond Jubilee in 2012, for lunch with the Obamas in 2016, and for the opening of Parliament in 2021.

The diamond clematis brooch

 The first official photograph of Princess Elizabeth with her fiance Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace.

The first official photograph of Princess Elizabeth with her fiance Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, in 1947 (Picture: Central Press/Getty Images)

Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Attend Commemorative Service At The Scottish National War Memorial

And here she is wearing the same brooch in 2014 (Picture: Chris Watt/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth wore this gloriously sparkly diamond brooch for her official engagement photos, and went on to bring it out multiple times over the next decades.

The City of London lily brooch

Britain''s Queen Mother Celebrates 101st Birthday

Celebrating the Queen Mother’s 101st birthday (Picture: Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

Elizabeth was given this hefty diamond-encrusted lily design when she received the Freedom of the City of London. She went on to wear it a bunch, most notably for the Queen Mother’s 101st birthday and the private service for Princess Margaret.

The flower basket brooch

queen elizabeth II At The National Sports Centre At Bisham Abbey.

The Queen wore this joyous style for many celebrations (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

This colourful style was another gift from the Queen’s parents, this time to mark the birth of Charles. Years on, she wore it for Prince George’s Christening, too.

Queen Adelaide’s brooch

queen elizabeth II at 2012 opening ceremony of the olympics

The Queen Adelaide brooch was passed down from the Queen Mother to Elizabeth (Picture: JOHN STILLWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

You might recognise this diamond brooch from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

It was created for King William IV’s consort, Queen Adelaide, reusing other jewels to form what was intended as a clasp for a pearl necklace. It has a large centre diamond, six around it, and smaller stones to complete the design.

The Kent amethyst brooch

Queen Elizabeth II in Portugal wears a necklace and brooch

Worn here with the matching earrings and necklace, in Portugal in 1985 (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Kent amethyst brooch is actually multiple brooches.

The main part is the one you’ll see most often, the top hexagonal amethyst surrounded by diamond sun rays. This has some small loops at the bottom, allowing for three smaller amethysts to be attached. It’s thought that there may be some additional brooch parts, but that these were rarely worn or were attached to the matching necklace instead.

The set was owned by Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, who left it to her daughter, who then passed it down again. Queen Elizabeth II was given the sparkling jewels after her accession, and wore the different parts many times over the years.

Prince Albert’s sapphire and diamond brooch (also known as Queen Victoria’s wedding brooch)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy

President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy pay a visit to the royal family (Picture: Bettmann Archive)

Prince William's Christening

The Queen wore this brooch for Prince William’s Christening, too (Picture: by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Queen at The Childrens Wood, Glasgow

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Children’s Wood Project, a community project in Glasgow as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week on June 30, 2021 (Picture: Andrew Milligan-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Albert gave this brooch – a massive sapphire set in gold and surrounded by 12 diamonds – to Queen Victoria the day before their wedding, and she went on to wear it over and over again until Albert passed away. It was passed down to the Crown and once in Queen Elizabeth II’s posession, became one of her favourites.

She wore this brilliant blue piece for Prince William’s Christening as well as for her Christmas message in 2019.

Queen Victoria’s diamond bow brooches

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leave St Paul’s Cathedral at the end of the ceremonial funeral of British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher (Picture: LEON NEAL / AFP) (Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Yep, plural – but Queen Elizabeth II only really wore one at a time.

This was a set of three bow-shaped diamond brooches, commissioned by Queen Victoria from Garrard and passed down to Alexandra, then to Mary, then to Elizabeth I, then finally to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen wore pieces of this set for many Remembrance events as well as Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.

Queen Victoria’s ears of wheat

Queen Spain Visit

Here the Queen is wearing one of the six brooches as a hair accessory (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip Visit Oman

And here are two worn as brooches, in Oman (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Another set that’s larger than you might realise. There are in fact six of these large diamond ears of wheat, but the Queen typically wore two at a time.

They were made for Queen Adelaide at the request of her husband by Rundell, Bridge & Co, then redone by Garrard in 1858.

Queen Elizabeth II wore the wheat ears not only as brooches but as hair ornaments, too, and lent them to Princess Eugenie for her wedding reception.

The Cambridge emerald cluster brooch

M Queen Elizabeth II at the 2012 Olympic park site

M Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Holden Point to view the 2012 Olympic park site (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A round emerald surrounded by diamonds, with the option to dangle another Cambridge emerald pendant.

Cambridge pearl pendant brooch

Queen Elizabeth with Husband and Prince Edward

The Queen wore this simple pearl brooch for her 50th birthday portrait (Picture: Bettmann Archive)

This pretty pearl brooch belonged to the Duchess of Cambridge – no, not Kate, but Queen Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta. In 1953, Queen Mary then passed it down to Elizabeth II.

The late monarch wore the piece for her 50th birthday portrait, for her 2014 Christmas message, and in a Zoom call in 2021.

The Queen Mother’s palm leaf brooch (also known as the paisley brooch)

The Wedding Of Lady Gabriella Windsor And Mr Thomas Kingston

Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England (Picture: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

One of the Queen’s most frequently worn brooches, this is a simpler diamond design in the shape of a leaf.

The Queen Mother loved this particular piece of jewellery, wearing it repeatedly throughout her life – including while mourning King George VI.

Queen Alexandra’s wedding gift brooch

The Royal Family Attend The Annual Festival Of Remembrance

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the Royal Box at the Royal Albert Hall during the Annual Festival of Remembrance on November 7, 2015 (Picture: Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton wearing the brooch during a State Visit Of The King And Queen Of The Netherlands

Here, the Duchess wears the matching necklace (Picture: John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

This brooch forms part of a grand Garrard set made for Princess Alexandra of Denmark for her wedding, comprised of a large diamond tiara, a diamond and pearl necklace, a set of earrings, and a brooch.

The Queen often wore the brooch, particularly for Remembrance events, and the earrings, while Kate Middleton and the Queen Mother have been spotted wearing the necklace.

The modern diamond and ruby spray brooch

Queen Elizabeth Visits MI5

Queen Elizabeth II talks with MI5 officers during a visit to the headquarters of MI5 at Thames House on February 25, 2020 (Picture: Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen often wore this with red outfits, for obvious reason: the rubies made the brooch a natural accessory.

She wore it for multiple state dinners and her diamond Jubilee walk.

Queen Mary’s Richmond brooch

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Elizabeth II wore this hefty brooch for Meghan and Harry’s weddin Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)

A super ornate pearl and diamond design that the Queen wore for the wedding of Harry and Meghan.

Queen Mary’s pink sapphire and diamond brooch

The Royal Family Attend Church On Christmas Day 2018

Queen Elizabeth II attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 (Picture: UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)

A sweet pink sapphire, surrounded by large round diamonds and smaller diamonds between the stones, the Queen wore this one frequently through the years, including for a portrait (by Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul) to commemorate her becoming the longest-reigning British monarch.

True lover’s knot brooch

Queen Elizabeth II at Prince William and Kate Middelton's wedding

The Queen wore the true lover’s knot brooch for Kate and William’s wedding (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Another one of the Queen’s diamond bows, this appears to be the largest of the bunch.

It was made by Garrard for Queen Mary and inherited by Elizabeth II in 1953.

She often wore it to hold her poppy on Remembrance Day, and donned it for Will and Kate’s wedding in 2018.

The New Zealand silver fern brooch

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge unveil a portrait of the Queen on a Tour Australia And New Zealand

Here’s the Queen wearing the New Zealand fern brooch in an official portrait… (Picture: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Kate Middleton on a Tour of Australia And New Zealand

And here’s Kate wearing that very same brooch on the same tour of New Zealand (Picture: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

As the name suggests, the Queen wore this brooch for events related to New Zealand, after being given it by the wife of the Mayor of Auckland for Christmas in 1953.

Elizabeth II even lent it to Kate, now the Princess of Wales, for her tour of New Zealand in 2014.

The pearl triangle brooch

 Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Journalists' Charity at the Stationers' Hall in 2014

The Queen had this brooch since at least the 1950s (Picture: Mark Large – WPA Pool /Getty Images)

One of the more delicate, smaller pearl brooches owned by the Queen, comprised of two pearls and a yellow diamond set in a diamond frame.

Elizabeth wore this for her walkabout outside St James Palace on the day before Princess Diana’s funeral, as well as for a wedding anniversary portrait in 1979.

The golden dahlia brooch (also known as the golden sunflower brooch)

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in 2003

An obvious choice for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2003 (Picture: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Another work by Garrard, the Queen clearly loved this accessory, wearing it for public appearances at least 40 times.

It has a diamond flower (dahlia or sunflower? That’s up to you…) surrounded by 18 carat gold petals.

The grima ruby brooch (also known as the scarab brooch)

The Royal Maundy Service At Manchester Cathedral

It’s quite the statement piece (Picture: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The Queen received this brooch – made up of repurposed rubies, gold, and diamonds and created by jeweller Andrew Grima – from the Duke of Edinburgh, and went on to wear it in tribute to the Duke after his passing.

Elizabeth also opted for this brooch for her 70th wedding anniversary portrait.

The Jardine star brooch

Queen Elizabeth II Receives The Addresses From Both Houses Of Parliament in 2012

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to address both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall on March 20, 2012 (Picture: Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

This one feels quite Christmassy, no?

The Jardine star was left to the Queen by Lady Jardine, and has eight twinkling diamond rays that surround a central cluster of eight diamonds.

The diamond and pearl leaf brooch

The Queen, on her 73rd birthday

The Queen wore this pearl and diamond leaf brooch in 1999, and passed it on to Kate Middleton in later years (Picture: PA)

Kate Middleton at the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

The Princess of Wales wore the piece for the procession of the Queen’s coffin (Picture: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

Kate, Princess of Wales, wore this brooch to the procession of the Queen’s coffin.

This isn’t one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most well-known brooches – in fact, it’s rarely been seen.

The Queen was spotted wearing it on a yellow dress back in 1999, in Seoul, but we knew it had been passed along to Kate more recently, as the Princess of Wales donned it for a visit to Belgium.

Queen Victoria’s 11 pearl and diamond brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II departs a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Another pearl brooch that belonged to Queen Victoria, this one has 11 large pearls; eight in a diamond shape and three hanging down as pendants.

It was handed to the Crown and worn frequently by the Queen Mother until 2002, when it was passed on to Queen Elizabeth II, who has worn it multiple times to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The Courtauld Thomson scallop shell brooch (also known as the Queen Mother’s shell brooch)

Queen Mother's Birthday

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, arrives at The Guildhall with Princess Margaret, London, for a lunch to celebrate her 100th Birthday, 27th June 2000 ((Picture: Colin Davey/Getty Images)

Queen at Royal Ascot 2019

After her mother’s death, Queen Elizabeth II wore this statement brooch often (Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

A rather grand design in the shape of a shell, this has solid rows of diamonds with a pearl at the base.

It was designed by Lord Courtauld-Thomson for the Queen Mother, who went on to wear it frequently – including for her 100th birthday celebrations.

After the Queen Mother died, Elizabeth II took the shell brooch into her collection and wore it on multiple occasions, including Royal Ascot, a funeral, Remembrance Sunday, an Easter service, and her 2020 Christmas broadcast

The Braemar feather brooch

The 2019 Braemar Highland Games the Queen wearing the Braemar feather brooch

The Queen was given this eagle feather brooch for her golden Jubilee – it has a Jubilee stamp on the back (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Braemar Royal Highland Gathering

She wore it for every Braemar Gathering after that (Picture: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

The Braemar Royal Highland Society gave this eagle’s feather brooch – made with 24 carat yellow gold, white gold, silver, and platinum – to the Queen to mark her golden Jubilee.

After that, the Queen wore this every year, for the annual Braemar Gathering.

The Queen Mother’s Cartier lily brooch

The President Of The Republic Of South Africa Makes A State Visit To The UK

Spot that long thing on the Queen’s left shoulder? Yep, that’s the Cartier brooch (Picture: Lewis Whyld /WPA Pool/Getty Images)

This weighty design is sometimes called a footlong, but in fact measures in at just under 7 inches long… which is still giant for a brooch. Picture a 6inch Subway sandwich on your lapel – it’d make quite the statement.

The brooch, of course, is not made of bread and your choice of fillings, but instead more than 200 diamonds from the Queen Mother’s collection, then an extra 50 added by Cartier for good measure.

The dramatic piece was commissioned in 1939 for the Queen Mother, and has a long stem with a lily flower design at the top.

Because of its size, Queen Elizabeth II didn’t wear it often, but when she did, you couldn’t help but marvel at it.

The Queen Mother’s aquamarine art deco brooch

Queen at Trooping Of The Colour 2021

Queen Elizabeth II attends Trooping Of The Colour in 2021 (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

You will have spotted this pinned to many of Queen Elizabeth II’s blue outfits, for obvious reasons.

It’s not known who made this particular piece, but many believe it’s another Cartier classic.

After the Queen Mother’s death, Elizabeth II inherited the brooch and went on to wear it for one of her Christmas messages.

The centenary rose brooch

Queen Elizabeth II arrives by carriage as she attends Royal Ascot 2018

Queen Elizabeth II arrives by carriage as she attends Royal Ascot Day 3 at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2018 (Picture: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II  leaves St Mary Magdalene's church on Christmas 2014

Christmas Day church service, 25 December 2004 (Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/AFP via Getty Images)

Elizabeth II commissioned this pretty piece from Collins and Sons for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday. It has a hand-painted Grandiflora Rose – a flower grown by the Queen Mother – surrounded by 100 diamonds.

The Queen went on to wear it after her mother’s death, including for the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the 2004 Christmas service.

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