Currently on an official trip to Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II was wearing a very symbolic brooch during her meeting with the Scottish Prime Minister.
Since Monday, June 28, the Queen has begun her traditional “Holyrood Week”, or Scottish week. Four days during which, the monarch will link royal engagements and official visits in Scotland. After visiting a soda factory with Prince William, and attending the ceremony to hand over the keys to the city of Edinburgh, this Tuesday, June 29, the sovereign received in audience, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.
A meeting during which the Queen wore a very symbolic jewel that did not go unnoticed. Indeed, she had pinned to her pretty floral dress a brooch, which was once the piece of a tiara received in 1947 on the occasion of her wedding, from one of the richest men in the world, Mir Osman Ali Khan, nizam of Hyderabad. The latter was the owner of an important collection of stones and jewels, but also of the very coveted Jacob diamond, classified as the fifth largest polished diamond in the world.
The Indian sovereign had thus offered to Elizabeth II, for her wedding with Prince Phillip, a sumptuous diamond necklace and this famous diadem. Two very precious jewels created by Cartier at the end of the 1930s, with an estimated value of nearly 100,000 euros. If her Majesty has had the opportunity to wear the necklace on several occasions, Kate Middleton also had the privilege of borrowing this imposing piece from the Queen for a reception in 2019. According to Write Royalty, the tiara was dismantled in 1973. The three roses that adorned it were transformed into brooches.
Is Queen Elizabeth II accompanied for her stay in Scotland?
While this is the very first trip she has made since the death of her husband Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II can count on the support of several members of her family to accompany her throughout her stay. This was the case of Prince William, present at the side of his grandmother for his first day of visit. On Wednesday and Thursday, it is Princess Anne who will accompany her mother during these outings, while the Duke of Cambridge must return to London to attend the tribute to Lady Di on Thursday, July 1.
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