Weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to step down as ‘senior’ members of the royal family, the Queen was spotted seemingly showing her support for the couple with her choice of fashion accessories over the weekend.
On Sunday morning, Her Majesty attended a church service in Sandringham and wore a blue coat and matching hat for the occasion. She accessorised the look with her Canadian sapphire jubilee brooch, which is designed in the shape of a snowflake.
The 93-year-old was given the brooch in 2017 by the former Governor General of Canada, David Johnson to celebrate her 65th year as head of the monarchy. The occasion coincided with Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The accessory is made up of 48 Canadian sapphires surrounded by diamonds.
While her reason for wearing the brooch wasn’t broadcast, it is widely believed that her decision to wear the accessory is a subtle sign of support for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The royal couple and son Archie spent six weeks in Canada over the Christmas period and recently announced that they plan to split their time between the UK and North American in the years to come.
The trio were seen arriving in Canada last month and are believed to have stayed there since the Queen gave her blessing for their decision to step away from the Monarchy.
In her statement confirming the pair’s decision, the Queen stated via the royal.uk website: ‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
‘I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.’
The Queen has previously worn outfits that have provoked discussion as to their meaning among royal fans.
Sali Hughes, author of Our Rainbow Queen, once wrote: ‘What [Queen Elizabeth] cannot overtly say with language, she secretly says with clothes.
‘Truly, Elizabeth II’s quiet, devastating trolling through fashion could inspire an assassin.’
For a woman who wore a hat that resembled the European Union flag to open Parliament in 2017 and a love knot brooch for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we have a feeling the Queen’s choice of attire isn’t made lightly.