Book Reviews

Book Review: Elizabeth II: Princess, Queen, Icon

*contains affiliate links* This book is just one of many being released to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This book by the National Portrait Gallery includes an introduction by Alexandra Shulman, a journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue. It highlights the most interesting portraits of The Queen that are held in their collection. The [read more]

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Cartier Lily Brooch

The Lily Brooch was made for Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) in 1938 by Cartier from six drops and 197 brilliants, which were already in the Queen’s collection. The result was quite a large and interesting brooch in the form of “a stem of lilies, with two open flowers, claw- and pavé-set with brilliants, [read more]

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Palm-Leaf Brooch

The Palm-Leaf brooch was made for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Cartier using loose diamonds from her own collection. It’s in the shape of a curling oriental palm leaf with nine brilliants in the centre in claw settings. The borders are lobed pavé set brilliants. The clip is a Cartier speciality and allows for [read more]

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Queen: 70 Glorious Years

*contains affiliate links* The Queen: 70 Glorious Years is just one of many books being released to celebrate The Queen’s platinum jubilee, but this is the official souvenir publication from the Royal Collection Trust. The book highlights the memorable events during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in photographs. These photographs are accompanied by quotes and context [read more]