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The symbolism behind one of Princess Anne’s favourite brooches

Living up to her reputation as the hardest working royal, Princess Anne attended the World Horse Welfare Conference today, which is always a key date in the international equestrian calendar.

As president of the charity, the Princess Royal gave the closing speech at the conference. Looking smart in a navy jacket, she accessorised with a poppy and a golden brooch that’s shaped like a horse. 

Fine jewellery and engagement ring experts at Steven Stone have taken a close look into the piece – revealing the value of and symbolism behind it.

Princess Anne appears to have owned the brooch since the 1980s and has regularly worn the accessory for the races – including Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot.

It’s an incredibly fitting brooch for the Princess Royal, who had a successful equestrian career and was the first member of the royal family to compete in the Olympics, riding the Queen’s horse, Goodwill, in Eventing at the 1976 Games in Montreal. She also won a gold medal at the European Eventing Championships in 1971 and two silvers in 1975.

As well as giving a nod to her equestrian leanings, the brooch also oozes with symbolism. The horse is a universal symbol of freedom without restraint, which is perfectly in-keeping with Princess Anne’s character.

“Princess Anne’s horse brooch is one of her most longstanding pieces of jewellery – the Princess Royal has regularly worn the accessory to races since the 1980s.

The brooch is an incredibly fitting piece for the Princess for various reasons. Firstly, there’s her passion for horses and her successful equestrian career. Secondly, there’s the symbolism associated with the image of a horse – a universal symbol of freedom without restraint, this is perfectly in-keeping with Princess Anne’s character.

I’d estimate a brooch like this to be worth £15,000 ($18,000) – potentially more dependent on its weight.”

maxwell stone, creative director, steven stone

If you’re inspired by Princess Anne’s jewellery choices, why not take a look at our collection of necklacesrings, and bracelets in a range of beautiful precious gemstones? We also have an extensive range of engagement and wedding rings.

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