Queen Elizabeth Paid Tribute to Prince Philip With Her Jewelry While Visiting an Aircraft Carrier

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Queen Elizabeth Paid Tribute to Prince Philip With Her Jewelry While Visiting an Aircraft Carrier
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Over the years, the royal family has developed a reputation for conveying special messages and making subtle thematic connections with their jewelry choices, and no one has garnered more attention for the practice than Queen Elizabeth. From the aquamarine clips she wore for the 75th anniversary of VE Day to the rumors that were sparked by her choice of brooch in 2018 when she met with President Trump, her brooches in particular have long been a source of speculation for fans looking for insight into the famously enigmatic monarch's state of mind.

Over the weekend, the Queen carried on the tradition, donning a brooch that held a very personal meaning for a royal engagement at the HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier in Portsmouth, ahead of its maiden voyage. For the occasion, at which she met with 1,700 Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Royal Marines personnel, Her Majesty paired a scarlet coat and matching hat with a brooch that's particularly special to her: the "Scarab" brooch, which was a gift from her late husband, Prince Philip, in 1966.

The brooch is a longtime favorite of the Queen's. Designed by Andrew Grima and crafted out of yellow gold, with carved ruby and diamond embellishments, she's worn it many times over the years, including for the official portraits celebrating her 70th wedding anniversary with Prince Philip. It was a particularly poignant choice for this occasion, given that Philip, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 99, was a Royal Navy lieutenant and remained a great supporter of Britain's troops throughout his life.

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