Queen makes visit to aircraft carrier in Portsmouth
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The Queen paired up a military-style cashmere coat and crepe wool hat with the Scarab Brooch, a present Prince Philip gave her in 1966. Her Majesty has donned the jewel piece on several occasions since but her visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth marked the first time the brooch made an appearance since the Duke of Edinburgh died in early April. Footage from the visit to Porstmouth, her first outside of London in a few months, showed the Queen speaking with members of the ship’s company.
Daily Express Royal Correspondent Richard Palmer wrote on Twitter: “The Queen is visiting the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth.
“She’s wearing wears a brick red cashmere coat and a crepe wool dress by Stewart Parvin, a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat, and the Scarab Brooch – a gift from the Duke of Edinburgh.”
The Queen stepped aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, seven years after she named the vessel alongside her late husband Prince Philip who died last month.
The 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth will carry eight British F-35B fighter jets and 10 U.S. F-35s as well as 250 U.S. marines as part of a 1,700-strong crew.
The Queen was spotted wearing the Scarab brooch Prince Philip gave her in 1966 (Image: TWITTER/@RoyalReporter)
The Queen was greeted with three cheers from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s crew (Image: TWITTER/@RoyalReporter)
The brooch is considered one of the Queen’s most personal jewels due to the close link it has to Prince Philip.
Over the years, the Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty with several pieces of jewellery, including some he personally designed for her.
One such piece is the Queen’s engagement ring, which the then Prince of Denmark and Greece had built with diamonds from a tiara belonging to his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
In 2020, royal commentator Eve Pollard told ITV: “[The Duke of Edinburgh] was slightly romantic too. He designed the Queen’s engagement ring.
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The Queen has repeatedly paid tribute to Prince Philip via her jewels (Image: GETTY)
“He took it from diamonds from his mother’s tiara.
“His mother’s tiara had been put in a bank in Paris. He and his three sisters, who were then alive, had to sign and get it out.”
The Edinburgh Wedding Bracelet was also designed by the late Prince Philip and gifted to the Queen ahead of their wedding in 1947.
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Kate sporting the Edinburgh Wedding Bracelet in 2015 (Image: GETTY)
As the two other pieces, Her Majesty has worn the bracelet on several occasions and has loaned it to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge in 2015.
The Duchess was the first member of the Royal Family to have been granted the honour of donning the bracelet.
Other members of the family have however been able to share in the wealth of the Queen’s jewellery collection over the years.
Princess Beatrice last year was loaned the Queen’s beloved Queen Mary Fringe tiara Her Majesty inherited from grandmother Queen Mary upon her death in 1953.
The eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York paired the tiara with one of the Queen’s Norman Hartnell gowns on her wedding day to entrepreneur Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July 2020.