The Queen, 94, chose a pair of striking brooches as she spoke to the nation 75 years on from VE Day. The Aquamarine Clip Brooches were an 18th birthday present from her father, King George VI, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth.
Made by Boucheron, they can be worn in two ways – both as Elizabeth wore them tonight, and as one large piece.
The Queen tends to wear these brooches with blue outfits, as she has done tonight.
Her Majesty paired the brooches with a favourite from her jewellery box – her three strand pearl necklace, which she often wears.
She has three pearl necklaces – the first was a gift from her grandfather, King George V. The second she had made herself as she loved the original so much, and the third was a gift from the Emir of Qatar.
Completing the jewellery, look the royal chose simple pearl stud earrings.
As expected, the Queen wore her hair in her signature curled and set hairstyle.
A pop of pinky-red lipstick added come colour to her otherwise tonal attire.
In her speech, the Queen said: “I speak to you today at the same hour as my father did, exactly 75 years ago.
“His message then was a salute to the men and women at home and abroad who had sacrificed so much in pursuit of what he rightly called a ‘great deliverance’.
“The war had been a total war; it had affected everyone, and no one was immune from its impact.
“Whether it be the men and women called up to serve; families separated from each other; or people asked to take up new roles and skills to support the war effort, all had a part to play.”
She continued: “At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain. But we kept faith that the cause was right – and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through. Never give up, never despair – that was the message of VE Day.
“I vividly remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
“The sense of joy in the crowds who gathered outside and across the country was profound, though while we celebrated the victory in Europe, we knew there would be further sacrifice.
“It was not until August that fighting in the Far East ceased and the war finally ended. Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict. They fought so we could live in peace, at home and abroad.”
The monarch added: “They died so we could live as free people in a world of free nations. They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe. We should and will remember them.
“As I now reflect on my father’s words and the joyous celebrations, which some of us experienced first-hand, I am thankful for the strength and courage that the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and all our allies displayed.
“The wartime generation knew that the best way to honour those who did not come back from the war, was to ensure that it didn’t happen again.”