Queen Elizabeth Is Making a Nod to Prince Philip with *This* Accessory

Queen Elizabeth II has been all smiles at recent engagements. Upon her return to the Ascot Racecourse, the queen was seen happily handing out a prize and watching some of her favorite animals race. Meanwhile, even though she spent a short stint at the hospital earlier this week, it was reported that the queen is in “good spirits” and anxious to take on more engagements.

Prior to her hospital visit, the queen looked similarly cheerful as she held a reception at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit. And thanks to the Mirror, we have a good idea as to why Her Majesty may have looked so at ease.

As the U.K. publication pointed out, the queen was keeping the memory of her late husband, Prince Philip, alive that day by wearing a brooch that represents their relationship and their family. The diamond Cullinan V brooch—which measures at 3,000 carats and has been in the queen's possession since 1953—was seen pinned to Queen Elizabeth's aqua top. It was first introduced to the royal family in 1907.

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More importantly, as the Mirror pointed out, this is the same brooch that Queen Elizabeth was seen wearing in a special portrait that was released for Prince Philip's 99th birthday.

The portrait was taken at Windsor Castle. It's probably an emotional memory for the queen, given that it was Prince Philip's final birthday before his passing back in April.

Queen Elizabeth has donned the Cullinan brooch for other important events, like when she wore it for Princess Eugenie's wedding in 2018.

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We have learned to always keep an eye out for hidden meanings in the queen's accessories. For instance, when Queen Elizabeth attended Prince Philip's funeral earlier this year, she sported her Richmond Brooch, which was given to her grandmother as a wedding gift back in 1893. The brooch ended up being a beautiful nod to her longstanding romance with the late Duke of Edinburgh.

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