There were a few things we noticed during Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas speech this year. From the stunning Christmas decorations and throwback photo of Prince Charles in the background to the British monarch’s memorable lace and scalloped dress, her actual words were admittedly trumped by her surroundings. The one thing we couldn’t keep our eyes off of, however, was her pretty brooch!

So it turns out, (surprise, surprise), the brooch has a very special meaning. The fabulous gold, ruby, and diamond pin was sweetly gifted to the Queen from her husband, Prince Philip, back in 1966. The bauble was created by British designer Andrew Grima, who made 100 pieces of jewelry for the Royal Family. The sweetest part? The 92-year-old has been wearing this brooch as a tribute to her husband of 71 years on multiple occasions over the past 52 years.

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The brooch beautifully complemented Elizabeth’s touching words during her speech. “Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance,” she said. “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”

The mom-of-four continued, “I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.”

Elizabeth even gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby on the way a shout-out in the address. “It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied,” the British monarch told the English people. Perhaps she’ll let Meghan borrow the brooch someday!

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