As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, The Queen lit a Beacon at Windsor Castle to light the ‘Tree of Trees’ at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Cambridge represented his grandmother at the Palace.
For the occasion, Her Majesty wore a new brooch and we’ve got all the information on the unique item of jewellery, which is appropriately called The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee brooch.
Handpicked by The Queen, it was commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company as a gift to mark her 70 years of service and represents the four nations. It was made by award-winning British fine jewellery designer, David Marshall.
The brooch is made of 18 carat white gold and platinum, and consists of 97 round brilliant cut diamonds, and seven fancy cut diamonds.
The design is inspired by the four nations of the UK, represented by four diamond set swirls and the national flowers: the rose, the thistle, the daffodil and the shamrock.
The seven diamond set bands represent the seven decades of The Queen’s reign.
An addition from Buckingham Palace saw the inclusion of the lily of the valley. This flower is of significance to The Queen as it featured in her Coronation bouquet.
On the reverse of the brooch is laser hallmarked and includes the very special commemorative Platinum Jubilee mark, designed by Fattorini Ltd, and the Leopard’s Head mark, the town mark, which shows that the piece was hallmarked in London.
A duplicate brooch, which has been marked slightly differently to maintain the distinction between the two brooches, was made for the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection and will be included in an exhibition for Goldsmiths’ Fair in Goldsmiths’ Hall in the autumn of 2022.