Story behind the Queen’s beautiful diamond and turquoise brooch which she wore for coronavirus TV message

THE Queen addressed the nation last night in Windsor Castle's White Drawing Room and spoke of staying strong in the face of coronavirus. 

Her Majesty, 93, wore a bright green dress for the TV message and teamed this with a stunning diamond and turquoise brooch.

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The eye-catching jewellery piece has only been worn a handful of times in public, and originally belonged to the Queen’s grandma, Queen Mary. 

Queen Mary was given the accessory on her wedding day by her in-laws, the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, but left it to the now-monarch when she passed away in 1953. 

The brooch, which features a large turquoise stone surrounded by diamonds, was first seen on the Queen in 2014, and she has worn it a number of times since. 

The last time we saw her wear it was in August, when she attended a craft sale at a church near her beloved Scottish retreat, Balmoral Castle. 

She also wore it in May as she visited the British Airways headquarters at Heathrow to mark the company’s 100th birthday. 

The Queen evoked the wartime spirit as she thanked Brits and the NHS for their tireless efforts fighting the virus and promised better times are ahead.

Millions gathered around their TV sets to hear Her Majesty deliver a stirring address to the nation in the face of the worsening coronavirus crisis.

The monarch, who is in isolation, directly thanked families for obeying stay-at-home guidance and hailed the incredible life-saving NHS heroes.

The Queen echoed WWII forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn as she promised those coping with forced separation from loved-ones "we will meet again".

She urged millions in the UK and around the Commonwealth to remain "united and resolute" and that soon "better days will return".

Her eldest son Prince of Charles, 71, contracted coronavirus last month and suffered mild symptoms before getting the all-clear.

She has a skeleton team of staff at Windsor Castle where she is in isolation with 98-year-old Prince Philip.

The Queen was moved from Buckingham Palace more than two weeks ago after a footman came down with the virus.

Viewing figures last night were expected to overhaul the 27million who tuned in to hear Boris Johnson order restrictions in movement and partial lockdown on March 23.

We shared how in her brief 500 words, The Queen has given her people the comfort they needed.

These are the four other historic occasions The Queen has made a special address to the nation before her coronavirus speech.

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