Curious of the Queen’s Brooch? Here’s what it really Means and Why is it Heart-Shaped?

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Carmina Joy in Politics

11 June 2020, 08:11 GMT


The Queen chose to wear a heart-special brooch for Prince Philip's 99th birthday portrait - this is the hidden meaning behind the precious piece explained.



The Queen’s Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II, 94, posed beside her husband Prince Philip, 98, for a special new portrait to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 99th birthday on June 10. In the photo, the Queen wears a floral Angela Kelly dress paired with one of her favourite pieces of jewellery - the Cullinan V brooch. The hidden meaning behind the Queen’s brooch

The Cullinan V brooch is a heart-shaped piece encrusted with diamonds and has a fascinating history. The brooch is one of several pieces of royal jewellery to feature one of a number of stones cut from the famous 3,106-carat Cullinan - the largest diamond ever found.

The original Cullinan stone was mined in South Africa and given to King Edward VII in 1907 by the government of the Transvaal. The gift of the diamond was a symbolic gesture meant to heal the rift between Britain and South Africa following the Boer War.

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The Jewel’s Meaning

The Crown Jewels feature pieces cut from the original Cullinan. The Cullinan V previously belonged to the Queen’s grandmother Queen Mary and was worn as part of the suite of jewellery made for the Delhi Durbar in 1911.

The Queen has worn the beloved brooch on multiple occasions during her 68-year reign. Occasions when the Queen has worn the Cullinan V brooch

October 2018

The Queen was last seen wearing the Cullinan V brooch beside Prince Philip as they attended Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in October 2018.

May 1990

The Queen paired the stunning brooch with a vibrant red outfit for a visit to the 5th Airbourne Brigade Regiment in Salisbury

March 1998

The Queen wore the precious brooch to The Commonwealth Day Reception At Marlborough House in London.

October 1982

The Queen wore the iconic heart-shaped brooch during a visit to Tuvalu in the South Pacific.

May 1982

The Queen was photographed wearing the brooch in Windsor as she took photographs of Prince Philip with her Leica M3 Camera.

In 2012 the Cullinan V brooch went on display in the Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

What does it mean in the UK Royalty?

To mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne 10,000 diamonds set in works acquired by six monarchs over three centuries went on display to the public.

Many of the items in the show were from the Queen's personal collection as well as those chosen for their artistic significance and historical importance from the Royal Collection.

The Queen is a huge fan of brooches and regularly werars them to finish off outfits for special royal occasions.