Jewelry & Watches

The Story Behind Queen Elizabeth's Scarab Brooch

By wearing the jewelry in the new royal anniversary portraits, she paid tribute to her husband Prince Philip.
IMAGE TIM GRAHAM/RICHARD POHLE/GETTY IMAGES
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When planning what to wear for her platinum anniversary portraits, Queen Elizabeth II had a literal vault of jewels to pick from, but in the end, she chose a piece of jewelry with a bit more sentimental value. Her "Scarab" brooch, seen on her left shoulder in the photographs with Prince Philip was designed by Andrew Grima and crafted out of yellow gold, with carved ruby and diamond embellishments. It was a personal gift from her husband in 1966.

The Queen clearly favors the brooch as she's worn it many times before. Read on to see how she's styled it in the past.

1. July 1966


At an appearance at Bournemouth Town Hall alongside Prince Philip, the Queen's new brooch is pinned to a cornflower blue coat.

2. May 2002


The Queen was all smiles at the start of her Golden Jubilee tour in Falmouth. For the occasion, she wore the brooch on the lapel of a vibrant pink coat and paired the piece with a triple strand of pearls, and subtle earrings.

3. February 2007


Ten years ago, Queen Elizabeth II toured the newly opened Cancer Research Institute at Cambridge University wearing a checkered pink coat adorned with the brooch. This combination of pin, necklace, and earrings is clearly a favorite.

4. October 2007


When Queen Elizabeth attended the dedication ceremony for the new National Armed Forces Memorial in Lichfield, England, the brooch embellished her cranberry coat.

5. December 2007


Once again wearing the brooch on a special occasion, here is Queen Elizabeth II marking the 50th anniversary of her first televised Christmas message.

6. October 2008


During a state visit to Slovenia in 2008, the Queen wore the brooch while receiving flowers from the public. Once again, she paired the piece with simple pearls.

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7. December 2011


Queen Elizabeth looked very festive on a visit to Mereyside, wearing the brooch on a crimson coat.

8. November 2015


Never one to shy away from bright colors, Queen Elizabeth is seen here in Gloucestershire wearing a purple hat and coat, along with her favorite brooch.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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