Monday, April 22, 2013

Gifts of Grandeur: Elizabeth II’s Flower Basket Brooch

The Flower Basket Brooch, 1948
A gift from George VI and Queen Elizabeth
The Royal Collection
White and yellow diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires set in gold comprise the shimmering mosaic that is The Flower Basket Brooch.  The brooch was a gift to then-Princess Elizabeth from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) to their daughter upon the birth of their first grandchild—Charles, Prince of Wales in 1948.  The large brooch is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II.  She has often been photographed wearing it—as seen in this 1948 photo of the royal mother and child.   

Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth)
with Prince Charles, 1948
The Royal Collection

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