The meaning behind the Queen's Trooping the Colour balcony appearance brooch

The Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Trooping the Colour
The Queen made an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour, kick-starting four days of celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee. (Getty Images)

The Queen beamed as she made an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen, who turned 96 in April, dressed up for the important royal occasion in a pastel blue outfit, which featured white embroidered detailing.

The coat dress was the same Angela Kelly design that she wore to pose in at Windsor Castle for her official portrait to marking her 70 years on the throne.

The Queen Brigade of Guards Brooch that she normally puts on for Trooping the Colour. (Getty Images)
The Queen wore the Brigade of Guards Brooch that she normally puts on for Trooping the Colour. (Getty Images)

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For its latest outing, she added a matching hat and a pair of white gloves along with her beloved pearl earrings and triple-layered pearl necklace.

Eagle-eyed viewers might have also spotted the ornate diamond brooch, featuring a small crown, she had pinned to her ensemble.

Known as the Brigade of Guards Brooch, she traditionally wears it to Trooping the Colour every year, and this historic year was no exception.

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It combines the badges of the five Household Regiments – the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards.

Originally created for her grandmother, Queen Mary, in the early twentieth century, the Queen began wearing it herself in 1987 when she stopped wearing uniform to the parade.

Earlier today, the Queen waved to the crowd in from the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside senior members of the Royal Family.

Queen brooch Buckingham Palace Trooping the Colour
The Queen (pictured in 1989) has worn the brooch every year since she stopped wearing her military uniform. (Getty Images)

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These included her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as her grandson Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis made their first appearance all together at Trooping the Colour, with the youngest Cambridge child taking after his father William in a sailor outfit.

Notably absent from the Buckingham Palace balcony were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who watched the proceedings from the Major General's office with other members of the Royal Family, with the Duchess of Sussex seen playfully shushing junior royals.

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