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Queen wears pair of aquamarine brooches given to her by her parents to State Opening of Parliament

The Queen wore a pair of aquamarine brooches given to her by her parents for the State Opening of Parliament today. 

The Queen, 95, looked elegant in a pale grey-blue ensemble as she carried out her first public duty since the death of her husband the Duke Edinburgh last month. 

She accessorised her spring coat with a pair of diamond and aquamarine brooches gifted to her by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, on her 18th birthday in April 1944. 

Personal treasures: The Queen wore a pair of aquamarine brooches given to her by her parents for the State Opening of Parliament today

Dazzling duo: The art deco-style Boucheron clips have become a favourite of the Queen

By his mother's side: The Queen was accompanied by her son Prince Charles today, pictured

Birthday girl: The then Princess Elizabeth with her parents on her 18th birthday. She was given the aquamarine brooches as a gift, although she is not wearing them here

The art deco-style Boucheron clips have become a favourite of the Queen. 

She most recently wore them to deliver her televised message on the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May 2020. 

The brooches are made of aquamarine and diamonds, and in a typical 1940s design combine baguette, oval and round stones.

The distinctive style of the brooches - one often used by Cartier - led many jewellery experts to believe the clips were actually the work of the brand, which is why they are often incorrectly identified as the Cartier aquamarine clips. 

Favourite accessory: The Queen wore the brooches to deliver her VE Day anniversary message last year (left). Right, attending a reception to mark the Centenary of the Women's Royal Navy Service at the Army and Navy Club in 2017

True blue: Due to the transluscent nature of the jewels, the Queen typically wears them with blue or pale purple fabrics that enhance the natural colour. Pictured, in 2012

However, they were correctly identified as Boucheron ones in Leslie Field’s The Queen’s Jewels. 

The clips can be worn in a number of different ways: as matching clips, on either shoulder or as a single brooch.

The Queen usually wears them - as she did today - as separate clips, one above the other, on her left shoulder.

Due to the transluscent nature of the jewels, the Queen typically wears them with blue or pale purple fabrics that enhance the natural colour. 

Recycled: Today the Queen opted for a blue-grey coat with yellow floral embroidery around the neckline, which she wore over a silver dress with matching gold floral detailing. The Queen wore the same ensemble to Royal Ascot in 2019, pictured

Today the Queen opted for a blue-grey coat with yellow floral embroidery around the neckline, which she wore over a silver dress with matching gold floral detailing. 

She finished the look with a purple and gold hat with floral and feather applique. 

The Queen wore the same ensemble to Royal Ascot in 2019. 

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