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Queen paid special ‘moving’ tribute to Philip’s military career by reviewing brooch custom

Queen paid special tribute to Philip's military career in speech

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Editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward spotted a “moving” tribute to Prince Philip during the Queen’s Christmas speech after noticing she changed the way she wore her brooch. While many keen royal watchers noted the brooch was often worn during key events in the monarch’s life, Ms Seward stated the Queen usually wears it on her left side and not her right. The royal editor explained the decision was a nod to Prince Philip’s military career as medals worn by the surviving family members of passed away servicemen are worn on the right, as per etiquette.

Speaking on the Royal Beat, Ms Seward and the panel of royal journalists analysed the Queen’s Christmas speech with Ms Seward pointing out the subtle nod.

She told the show: “The brooch is on the other side, now I got that wrong because I thought the brooch may be straining her back…

“Because when someone has died and you have connections to the military, they change the side the medals are worn so she changed the side of her brooch.

“Which was also another very moving tribute.”

The sapphire chrysanthemum brooch was often worn for royal photographs and the Queen wore the jewellery piece in her honeymoon and anniversary photos with Prince Philip.

The brooch has been in the Queen’s collection for decades and the piece dates back from before her wedding.

The Queen received the brooch in 1946 when she launched an oil tanker named “The British Princess”.

Eddie LeVian, CEO of American jewellery house Le Vian, spoke to Express.co.uk about the brooch and said: “The Queen’s sapphire and diamond chrysanthemum brooch is one of the Queen’s favourites.

“Deep blue sapphires form the centre of the flower and diamonds represent the petals.

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“Given this is the brooch that the Queen famously wore in her honeymoon pictures in 1947, it evokes strong memories of her 73-year marriage with Prince Phillip.

“Also, the fact this is sadly the Queen’s first Christmas without him.”

The etiquette guide from the Royal British Legion states: “The medals awarded to a deceased Service/ex-Service person may be worn on the right breast by a near relative. Not more than one group should be worn by any individual.”

In her Christmas speech, the Queen made reference to her “beloved” Prince Philip.

She said: “Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones.

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“This year, especially, I understand why.

“But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth, and the world.

“His sense of service, intellectual curiosity, and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible.

“That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him.”

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