England’s Rose

April 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum


One last post concerning Queen Elizabeth and her 90th birthday, in the flower world English roses, are world famous and perhaps none as much as Queen Elizabeth roses. Queen Elizabeth roses are a cross between two different roses and were created in 1954 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June of 1953. The rose has a beautiful pink color and it’s stems and bushes can grow anywhere from 6 to 10 feet in height. Roses have long been associated with royalty, especially in England after the War of the Roses between the House of York (White Rose) and the House of Lancaster (Red Rose). Today roses are still associated with the House of Windsor and Her Majesty, whether it’s in the jewelry she wears or the shade of pink of her dress and coat. I thought today we would take a look at Queen Elizabeth roses as well as the woman herself and how the image of the rose is used in royal life. Enjoy!!! (above image via)


This teacup and saucer were made in 1953 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II coronation, note the pink roses in the center of the teacup. (via)


Earlier this week we talked about the Burmese Ruby Tiara, the Queen had it made in the early 70’s using rubies that were a wedding gift from the people of Burma and diamonds from a no longer used tiara. In the picture you can see that rubies form the center of Tudor Roses. (via)




This is the Centenary Rose Brooch, Queen Elizabeth gave it to her mother as a birthday present when the Queen Mother turned 100 in 2000. Today, the brooch belongs to the queen and is worn often, especially with pink outfits as seen below. the image of a Queen Elizabeth rose is carved and painted onto rock crystal and framed by 100 diamonds. (via)




This is the York Rose Bracelet, it was a wedding present given to QEII’s grandmother Queen Mary when she married Prince George, The Duke of York in 1893. The Queen owns the bracelet today. (via)




This is the Strathmore Rose Tiara and belonged to QEII’s mother, the Queen Mother’s Father was the Earl of Strathmore and he gave it to his daughter as a wedding gift in 1923. This tiara has not been used in public for decades, Maybe Kate needs to try it on. (via)


The then Duchess of York wearing the Strathmore Rose Tiara low on the forehead, this was the style in the early 1920’s. (via)


This is the Small Pink and Diamond Brooch, the pink stone is a pink sapphire and it’s surrounded by 10 large diamonds and 10 small diamonds. (via)




This is the Vanguard Rose Brooch, presented to Princess Elizabeth in 1944 after she launched the HMS Vanguard. It was given to her by the shipbuilder, John Brown. (via)


Queen Elizabeth in bright rose pink, Happy Birthday ma’am and MANY more. (via)

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