Taking a close look at the brooches, Steven Stone’s leading diamond expert, Maxwell Stone, has revealed everything you need know about the jewels – including what makes them so special.
Alongside this pair of brooches, Queen Elizabeth also sported an incredible pearl necklace and matching earrings.
Queen Elizabeth II is hardly ever spotted without her signature piece of jewellery. In fact, she wore the same necklace at Prince Philip’s funeral.
The reason she always falls back on this particular style is actually due to a family tradition going back hundreds of years.
The Queen has an extensive collection of pearl necklaces, some with single strands, others with up to six, however she wears the three-strand style most often.
It is believed that Queen Victoria gave each of her daughters and granddaughters a pearl every year on their birthday so that by the time they came of age at 18, they would have enough pearls for a necklace.’
Queen Elizabeth’s parents carried on with the tradition, giving her a chain onto which they added two pearls per birthday, however she did receive a full necklace for their coronation in 1937.