‘Lovely in purple’ Queen Elizabeth wears favourite necklace but no brooch for virtual call

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Queen Elizabeth chatted to members from the charity through a video link as the monarch sat in her usual wooden chair. Some fans noticed that the monarch didn’t add a brooch to her outfit today, something out of the ordinary for Her Majesty.

After being told this year marks the 80th anniversary since she obtained her RLSS Junior Respiration Award, the Queen laughed and said: “That’s terrible!” 

The monarch chatted to lifesaver Sarah Downs which memories have stuck with her following her experience with the RLSS.

The Queen replied: “Well it was all done in the bathtub, in the swimming pool.

“And I suppose I didn’t really realise quite what I was doing because I must have been 12 or something… or 14? It’s a very long time ago, I am afraid.” 

For her chat, the monarch went for a purple button-up long sleeve cardigan.

The knitwear piece is a more relaxed style of clothing for the monarch.

She added a shirt underneath with the two collars hanging over the cardigan.

Taking to Twitter, one person said: “Her Majesty looks so lovely in purple.”

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Another wrote: “She looks so chirpy today, I’m so glad.”

“Any colour suits her doesn’t it,” a third Tweeted.

For jewellery, the monarch went for her favourite earrings and three-strand pearl necklace. 

They have been worn by the Queen so many times over the years that they are now considered part of her uniform.

The Queen is also thought to have several versions of the same pearl necklace.

According to Leslie Field, author of The Queen’s Jewels, the first necklace was a gift from her grandfather, George V, for this Silver Jubilee in 1935.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Maggie Calmels, founder and Creative Director of Licensed to Charm, shared how the royal has favoured pearls since her marriage to Prince Philip.

She said: “A symbol of purity and known as the ‘Queen of Gems’ the pearl is the ultimate in understated elegance.

“The Queen has favoured pearls since her wedding day to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in November 1947 when she wore two very special strings. 

“These wedding gifts from her mother and father had a unique provenance; one had belonged to the last Stuart monarch, Queen Anne, and the other to Queen Caroline, the wife of King George II.

“The royal wedding began a fashion for short single or double pearl strings, and while previously ‘Grandmother’s pearls’ had been largely the preserve of the rich and powerful, imitation and cultured ‘real’ pearls made the style available to all.

“While fashions have changed, the Queen has retained her own style and continues the tradition of wearing pearls every day as her mother and grandmother did before her.”

However, the Queen also went for a look without one of her brooches today.

The monarch has a huge brooch collection and almost always adds one to her outfits, even when chatting via video link.

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: “Shame not to see her style any brooches today.”

Another replied: “Maybe it is placed lower down and cut off due to the camera angle.”

One other royal fan said: “She went for a casual outfit, it didn’t need any jewels.”

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