The late Queen Elizabeth often wore brooches that represented the emblems of Commonwealth countries. This has become something of a tradition and it seems this will continue as both Princess Anne and Kate often wore brooches loaned to them by The Queen and presumably will still have access to them in the future.
These brooches include: the Canadian Maple Leaf Brooch worn by Her Majesty (then Princess Elizabeth) on her first visit to Canada in 1951. The Flame Lily Brooch the emblem of Zimbabwe, which was pinned to The Queen’s mourning clothes when she returned to Britain from Kenya after the death of her father in 1952. The New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch, presented by the Women of Auckland on Christmas Day, 1953; the Australian Wattle Brooch presented on Her Majesty’s first visit to Australia in 1954; and the Sri Lanka Brooch, presented to The Queen during a State Visit to Sri Lanka in 1981.
At Karianne’s Secret we have designed and produced replicas of both the Maple Leaf and the Silver Fern and may produce others as brooches become more popular. These designs are exclusive to Karianne’s Secret and are only available from our outlets.
The Royal brooches are made of platinum and diamonds and are valued at many thousands of pounds. Ours are made of rhodium plated copper with cubic zirconias giving the look and feel of the real thing at a fraction of the cost.