Keeping Philip close to her heart: Queen wore rarely-seen diamond and ruby butterfly brooch she received as a wedding gift for engagement days before what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday

The Queen wore a rarely-seen diamond and ruby brooch she received as a wedding gift for public engagement days before what would have been the Duke’s 100th birthday.

The monarch, 95, donned the glittering butterfly brooch as she held a virtual audience to receive Ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan yesterday.

The heirloom was a gift from the Dowager Countess of Onslow at her wedding to the late Prince Philip, in 1947 and is rarely worn by the royal.

The appearance from the Queen comes as she prepares to mark what would have been her husband’s 100th birthday tomorrow.

The Queen, 95, wore a rarely seen diamond and ruby brooch she received as a wedding gift for her first public appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle named their daughter Lilibet

The Queen, 95, wore a rarely seen diamond and ruby brooch she received as a wedding gift for her first public appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle named their daughter Lilibet

The rarely-seen glittering butterfly brooch features diamonds and rubies and was a wedding gift for the royal

The monarch has worn the piece less than a handful of times in the last couple of years, last opting for the brooch for a church service in Sandringham in 2019.

Before that, the Queen hadn’t worn the glittering brooch since 2012, when she wore the first to visit the Sandringham Women’s Institute.

On Tuesday, her Majesty conducted two virtual Audiences via video link from Windsor Castle.

She met with the ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan, Ms Agnes Oswaha, and with the High Commissioner for the Republic of Mozambique in London, Ms Albertina MacDonald./dailymailThe heirloom was a gift from the Dowager Countess of Onslow at her wedding to the late Prince Philip, in 1947 and is rarely worn by the royal

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