Princess Anne pays touching tribute to the Queen during trip to Uganda

Princess Anne paid a touching tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II during a recent dinner in Uganda.

The Princess Royal, 72, is currently visiting the country with her husband Sir Tim Laurence, 67, as part of their first Royal tour following the death of the Queen in September.

Anne and Tim recently headed to dinner at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Uganda, where they were joined by the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri K Museveni, and his daughter Natasha.

The Queen's only daughter wore a stunning navy silk wrap dress and paired it with an eye-catching pearl and sapphire brooch which belonged to her late mother.

Fine jewellery experts at UK retailer Steven Stone has revealed everything you need to know about the statement brooch.

The stunning sapphire brooch is encircled by two rows of diamonds and had a pearl droplet which hangs delicately underneath. The droplet is also removable.

The retailer also revealed the history behind the piece of jewellery, as it was first purchased by the Princess of Wales in 1866 as a wedding present to her sister, Empress Maria Feodorovna.

After the Empress passed away, Queen Mary is believed to have purchased the brooch from her estate.

In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II inherited the throne, the brooch was passed down to the monarch and she was spotted wearing it on several occasions over the years.

Her Majesty wore the brooch, estimated to be worth £500,000, in 1982 during a tour of the Solomon Islands.

Jewellery expert Maxwell Stone commented: "It's heartwarming to see Princess Anne paying tribute to her late mother through her jewellery – particularly such a historic piece. The brooch originally belonged to Empress Maria Feodorovna and was reportedly bought by Queen Mary.

"When Queen Elizabeth II inherited the throne, her Grandmother's brooch was passed down to her and she wore it multiple times over the years – making it one of the most popular pieces from the late monarch's brooch collection."

He added: "The eye-catching piece features a sugarloaf cabochon sapphire, encircled by two rows of diamonds and has a removable pearl droplet that hangs delicately underneath.

"The incredible sapphire and intricate diamond detailing would give this piece an estimated value of over £500,000."


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