Princess Anne pays tribute to The Queen with sapphire brooch in Uganda

Princess Anne pays tribute to The Queen with sapphire brooch in Uganda

October 26, 2022

Princess Anne pays tribute to the Queen as she wears her late mother’s sapphire and pearl brooch to dinner at British High Commissioner’s residence in Uganda

  • Princess Royal, 72, hosted a dinner for the President of the Republic of Uganda 
  • Queen’s only daughter paired the sapphire and pearl brooch with her navy gown
  • The brooch was purchased by the Princess of Wales in 1866 as a wedding gift

Princess Anne paid tribute to The Queen last night as she wore her late mother’s sapphire and pearl brooch to dinner at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Uganda.

The Princess Royal, 72, is currently visiting the African nation with husband Sir Tim Laurence, 67, as part of their first royal tour since The Queen passed away at the age of 96 on 8 September.

Last night, the Queen’s only daughter hosted a dinner for Yoweri K Museveni – the President of the Republic of Uganda – and his daughter Natasha at the state residence in Kampala.

The mother-of-two wore a navy silk printed wrap dress for the occasion with a pair of matching low patent heels.

Finishing off her evening ensemble, Anne wore Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Sapphire Brooch – which has been passed down to her by The Queen.

Princess Anne and Sir Tim Laurence hosted a dinner for Yoweri K Museveni – the President of the Republic of Uganda – and his daughter Natasha at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Uganda last night

The Queen’s only daughter wore her late mother’s sapphire and pearl brooch for the occasion. Her Majesty wearing the historic piece of jewellery during a tour of the Solomon Islands in 1982

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

The historic piece of jewellery – which Crisscut Magazine estimates to be worth £500,000 – was first purchased by the Princess of Wales in 1866 as a wedding present to her sister Empress Maria Feodorovna.

Following the Empress’ death in 1928, Queen Mary reportedly purchased the brooch from her estate for £2,375. 

When the Queen inherited the throne in 1952, the brooch passed down to the late monarch and she was pictured wearing it multiple items over the years – both with and without the pearl drop.


The historic piece of jewellery was first purchased by the Princess of Wales in 1866 as a wedding present to her sister Empress Maria Feodorovna. Left: The Queen pictured wearing the brooch on July 1 2003. Right: The distinctive sapphire brooch is encircled by two rows of diamonds and has a removable pearl droplet which hangs delicately underneath.

Princess Anne paired the historic brooch with a navy silk printed wrap dress for the special occasion 

Sharing photos from the dinner, the President of the Republic of Uganda said he ‘wishes her good luck’ on the rest of Princess Anne’s tour

Sharing images from the royal dinner on Twitter, the President wrote: ‘I was hosted to a dinner by Her Royal Highness, Princess Royal and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Kampala. 

‘We talked about the different patronages she has come to support here. I welcome her and wish her good luck.’

During the couple’s visit, Anne opened the first commercial bank in the Nakivale Refugee settlement in her role as patron of Opportunity International.

Before their return to the UK on Friday, Princess Anne and Sir Tim will conclude their tour by watching female students complete the ‘Safe Way, Right Way’ HGV truck driver training programme as part of her work with Transaid.

In a statement after her mother’s death, Princess Anne revealed she was by the Queen’s side in her final 24 hours. The Queen and her only daughter pictured at the 2018 Braemar Highland Gathering

The Princess Royal co-founded the organisation – which provides safe and sustainable transport – with Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) 25 years ago. 

The princess was in Scotland when the Queen was taken ill, and stayed at her bedside at Balmoral Castle, as senior royals rushed to say their final farewells.

In a statement shortly after Her Majesty passed away, the Princess said it had been ‘an honour and a privilege’ to accompany the Queen on her final journey as she travelled with the monarch’s coffin back to London.

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