Queen goes to church with Saskatchewan brooch
Gift presented last year by Lieut.-Gov. Vaughn Schofield
It appears Queen Elizabeth II really likes that fancy Saskatchewan brooch she got last year.
After the Queen wore the $15,000 piece to church on Sunday, pictures of her with the gem-encrusted item made a big splash in the Daily Mail and other newspapers.
Created by Regina jewellery designer Rachel Mielke, it's made up of white gold and tourmaline stones with a pearl in the middle and is surrounded by 300 diamonds.
One couldn't miss it as Her Majesty strolled out of church in King's Lynn, England, where she and Prince Phillip were presented with flowers and other gifts.
Mielke said she was stunned when CBC told her the news and she Googled the photos to make sure.
"That's the brooch, without any question," she said. "Everybody in the office literally stopped what they were doing [and] screamed."
Saskatchewan Lieut. Gov. Vaughn Schofield presented the Queen with the brooch when she met with her at Buckingham Palace in October 2013.
Mielke said she and her staff shed some tears Monday at her Hillberg & Berk store in Regina.
"The emotion kind of hit us: 'Wow this is real,'" she said. "The most powerful woman in the world is wearing a piece of our jewellery."