If a recent conspiracy theory surrounding President Donald Trump’s visit to England is accurate, then even the Queen may have no respect for the controversial American leader.
With the help of the From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault blog, Twitter user @SamuraiKnitter put together quite the breakdown of brooches worn by Queen Elizabeth II while Donald Trump was in the UK last week.
Was the Queen using her accessories to troll Donald Trump?
#BroochDecoderRing— Bitch. STILL my superhero name. (@SamuraiKnitter) July 15, 2018
The following data relies heavily on the work of the blogger at "Her Majesty's Jewel Box". If you swing by there (I will be linking), BE ADVISED THE BLOGGER WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS POLITICAL STUFF THAT IS NOT WHY SHE IS THERE so take it easy.
According to the theory, every brooch that the Queen wears is significant and chosen for a specific reason. She also has quite the collection, as she’s received many as gifts, including from the Obama family (a point that becomes important a little later on).
All right. You need ninety-two years of background. The Queen (hereafter QE) has always loved brooches and so everyone gives them to her as gifts. Everyone. A horse-racing org gave her a gift for lifetime achievements a while back - the 'trophy' was a brooch. You get it.— Bitch. STILL my superhero name. (@SamuraiKnitter) July 15, 2018
If a national leader visits, she’ll wear a brooch that they may have given her.
A head of state gives her a brooch? If they visit, she'll wear it or something else she'd been given by them as a gift. (This goes for other kinds of jewelry too.) To her it's almost like royal orders.— Bitch. STILL my superhero name. (@SamuraiKnitter) July 15, 2018
During Donald Trump’s recent visit to the UK, Queen Elizabeth II wore three different brooches.
The first, which she wore at Trump’s arrival, was given to her by the Obamas during their last visit to England and, as @SamuraiKnitter points out, was presented as a personal gift that the family purchased “out-of-pocket.”
Now that can't have been an accident, could it?
That by itself is amusing enough. She wore a brooch the Obamas gave her. But it gets better. It's not AN American brooch, any would be funny. She chose THIS ONE. This one was purchased out-of-pocket by Michelle and Barack Obama and given to her as a personal gift.— Bitch. STILL my superhero name. (@SamuraiKnitter) July 15, 2018
And since the Obamas are Really Good At This Subtle Thing too, they chose a very modest pin made of very modest materials. The message is "Here is a gift of something you like, with only sentimental value because it's for friendship not state visits."— Bitch. STILL my superhero name. (@SamuraiKnitter) July 15, 2018
The second brooch, worn during her weekly audience with her people and, later, the King and Queen of Belgium.
It's called the Sapphire Jubillee Brooch, and it was given to the Queen of England as a gift for ruling for eleventy billion (okay, 65). From Canada. You know, who Trump's been screaming about and insulting. The commonwealth country and one of the UK's greatest allies. Them.— Bitch. STILL my superhero name. (@SamuraiKnitter) July 15, 2018
In case you’ve forgotten, Canada, from whom the brooch was gifted, has been a point of contention with Trump as he and Justin Trudeau have been in a back-and-forth over trade agreements.
Finally, there’s the third brooch. At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be any hidden meaning behind it.
Oh, but there was. The brooch was the same one worn by the Queen Mother during King George VI’s state funeral.
If the theory is accurate then the Queen silently took part in the protests that erupted across the United Kingdom during Trump’s visit. Considering this is his first visit to Great Britain, it's not a great sign for the political climate that the Queen may already be showing such disdain for him.
As bad as that may be, people do love the Queen’s subtlety.
THIS IS FANTASTIC. More exciting and thrilling than any action movie I've ever seen— god howard 🏳️🌈 (@suchacommotion) July 16, 2018
I’m not a monarchist, but I have a great deal of personal respect for Her Maj and some other members of her family.— Simon (@simonnotts) July 17, 2018
I *really* hope your interpretation of the reasons she chose to wear the brooches she did during Trump’s visit is correct.
This thread gets better and better with every tweet. QE's diplomacy game is off the charts— Vinzou (@VLanos) July 16, 2018
Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom was a memorable one that people will surely talk about for years to come. For instance, you can bet people won’t soon let up on the fact that he had no idea the United Kingdom and Great Britain weren’t interchangeable terms.