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The Queen’s Accession Day Baubles Were Actually a Nod to the Late Prince Philip

As we've come to learn, Queen Elizabeth II is always purposeful when picking out her jewelry.

On the eve of her Accession Day, the royal celebrated 70 years as queen by hosting a gathering at Sandringham House. At this event, Queen Elizabeth cut a delicious-looking cake, greeted guests from various organizations and enjoyed a live band playing outside of the estate. However, while there was much to admire about the festivity, we couldn't take our eyes off of the queen's accessories.

It turns out that there was a lot of meaning behind the necklace and brooches that Her Royal Majesty picked out for the event. According to the Evening Standard, the queen's two Nizam of Hyderabad rose brooches were actually a nod to her late husband, Prince Philip.

These silver, diamond-covered pins were given to Queen Elizabeth when she got married to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. The Evening Standard revealed that they were originally part of a tiara that was gifted to the queen by the Nizam of Hyderabad, and when the headpiece was dismantled, she kept the detachable roses, wearing them as brooches throughout the years.

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Due to the fact that Prince Philip passed away last April, this is the first Accession Day that Queen Elizabeth has spent without her longtime husband. In the past, we've seen the queen wear other brooches that were a nod to the late duke, so it makes sense she wore meaningful ones on this major day.

That wasn't all, though. Accession Day is an emotional time for the monarch, given that she first assumed her title when her father passed on February 6, 1952. In a recent message, the queen discussed this, saying, “It is a day that, even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign.”

So naturally, Queen Elizabeth acknowledged her late father as well, by wearing a three-strand pearl necklace that was gifted to her by her paternal grandfather, King George V. While the queen is almost always seen wearing this necklace, the allusion to her father's side of the family felt particularly apt on this day.

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Joel Calfee

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Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...
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