The brooch Queen Elizabeth wore to Prince Philip’s funeral also served as a final romantic gesture for her late husband.
The monarch attended the intimate service held in honor of the Duke of Edinburgh at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday wearing a black dress, hat, and face mask, accessorized with a large diamond and pearl brooch. The Richmond Brooch, one of the largest in Queen Elizabeth’s collection, was first given to her grandmother Queen Mary as a wedding present in 1893 before the monarch inherited it in 1953. Queen Mary regularly wore the piece as a necklace, but Queen Elizabeth prefers it as a brooch, wearing it very sparingly during her early reign. But over the past several years, the royal has taken to wearing the brooch on multiple occasions, including to Prince Harry’s 2018 wedding to Meghan Markle that also took place at St. George’s Chapel. In addition to wearing the brooch to celebratory occasions, the Queen has also worn it to more solemn affairs like the 2014 and 2018 Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance to mourn those whose lives were lost in conflict.
According to sources close to the royal family who spoke to Vanity Fair, after 73 years of marriage, the newly widowed Queen “took great comfort” in the fact that the Iron Duke had been able to have “every conversation that needed to be had” in his final days at Windsor Castle. “It has been a long and sad week, but the Queen has taken great comfort that she and Philip had his final days at Windsor and that in the last year they had so much time together,” a source said. “Every conversation that needed to be had was had, Philip also got to spend some time with Prince Charles which was very important to them both.” They added, “Philip was ready, he had had enough, it was time. This is the funeral he wanted.”
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