Kate Middleton Wore a Delicate Brooch With a Touching Connection to the Late Queen

The Princess of Wales wore a replica of one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite brooches as she joined Prince William at a St. David’s Day military parade at the Combermere Barracks, Windsor. Kate Middleton, 41, wore a delicate silver leek pinned to the lapel of her scarlet coat. 

First designed for Queen Elizabeth II in 1960, the original Welsh Guards Leek Brooch was presented to the monarch as a regimental gift funded by the guardsmen themselves. She wore it to almost every engagement involving the Welsh Guards. Replicas of the brooch are owned by other members of the royal family. Diana, Princess of Wales, wore a leek brooch while watching a parade of the First Battalion of Welsh Guards in London in 1990, while the queen consort wore a brooch on her first visit to Wales following the death of the queen. It is unclear exactly how many leek brooches are in existence, and who has one in their jewelry collection. 

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the leek brooch in 2020

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The silver leek provided the perfect counterpoint to the Princess of Wales’s bold ensemble, which was finished with black leather gloves and a black hat. 

The royal couple met the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in William’s first visit since becoming colonel of the regiment. During the parade the prince presented leeks to the officers and guardsmen who in turn issued them along the ranks, a traditional part of the St. David’s Day Parade, before the ceremony concluded with a march past where William took the royal salute. The prince and princess then met families from the regiment as well as a group of troops from the 5th Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR), who are currently in the UK helping to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The queen consort wearing the leek brooch in 2022

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