Queen Elizabeth Wears Richmond Brooch to Prince Philip's Funeral

Queen Elizabeth with Richmond Brooch

Queen Elizabeth with Richmond Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II's choice of brooch for the funeral of Prince Philip had a poignant history.


Named pearl-drop Richmond Brooch, it was a wedding present given to the queen's grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1893 from the town of Richmond, located in Greater London.

It features a large round centre pearl, with a detachable pear-shaped pearl drop.

In 1953, the queen inherited a number of her grandmother's pieces of jewellery. She has been known to wear it both with and without the pearl drop.

For Prince Philip's funeral, she wore it without the detachable pear-shaped pearl.

The brooch has been worn by the queen to numerous important occasions, notably to both the 2014 and 2018 Festivals of Remembrance – as well as the wedding of Harry and Meghan three years ago, held at the very same St George's Chapel where the family gathers today to honour the Duke of Edinburgh’s life and death.

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