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May 2, 2016 2:55 pm  #1

QEII-44 The Queen’s BOAC Brooch

This message #1 was written by Boffer pre-2013.
44. The Queen’s BOAC Brooch

   This brooch was presented to The Queen, when still Princess Elizabeth, by the British Overseas Airways Corporation when she launched the airliner Elizabeth of England.[1]

   The brooch is of the BOAC emblem, consisting of diamond-set flared wings, accentuated with sapphire baguette-cut stones.[2]

   The Queen wore this brooch occasionally, when flying by BOAC from London Airport. However it has not been seen since the early years of her reign.[3]

1. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 34
2. Ibid.
3. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 22


May 15, 2016 5:54 am  #2

Re: QEII-44 The Queen’s BOAC Brooch

44. The Queen's BOAC Brooch

   Princess Elizabeth was the Master of the Guild of Airline Pilots at the time of the launching and the brooch was particularly appropriate to commemorate her first airplane launch.[1]

1. Princess Names Air Liner, Derby Daily Telegraph, 21 January 1947, p. 4


September 25, 2016 10:31 pm  #3

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QEII-44 The Queen’s BOAC Brooch

Princess Elizabeth - 21 Jan 1947 - Snapshot from British Pathe vignette "Princess Elizabeth Christens New BOAC Plane"
YouTube link:

BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation Speedbird Logo

Queen Elizabeth II - 23 Nov 1953 - on her way to the airport to start her overseas Coronation Commonwealth tour

Queen Elizabeth II - 05 Oct 1964 - HM at the airport for her departure to Canada


Last edited by Bryce (September 26, 2016 8:52 pm)


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