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Six times the Queen has sent secret messages – including Ukrainian flowers and Brexit hat

They say actions speak louder than words – and it seems this is very much the case for the Queen.

She rarely talks publicly about her innermost thoughts and feelings, but sometimes instead uses her clothes, jewelery or even her home decor to send what some believe are secret messages.

Just this week, while meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle, royal watchers were quick to point out the beautiful blue and yellow flowers in the background.

Read more: ‘Flying books and ghostly apparitions – is the Queen’s Sandringham Estate haunted?’

Of course, yellow and blue are the colors of the Ukrainian flag and it was seen as a tribute to the people of the country amid the Russian invasion.

So what other secret messages has she seemingly sent in recent years? Here we take a look…

Ukraine flowers



Queen Elizabeth II receives Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an audience at Windsor Castle, on March 7, 2022

The most recent subtle message was of course the blue and yellow flowers on display at Windsor Castle during an audience with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mr Trudeau was in London for talks on the war in Ukraine with Boris Johnson and Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

Sources said the small gesture of the flowers was a deliberate sign of the Queen’s solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

Later, at a press conference with Mr Johnson and Mr Rutte, Mr Trudeau confirmed he talked to Her Majesty about Ukraine.

He explained: “I can tell you in my conversation with her this morning she was as insightful and perspicacious as ever, very interested in what’s going on.”

Brexit hat



Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) walk through the Royal Gallery prior to the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 21, 2017
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) walk through the Royal Gallery prior to the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 21, 2017

In 2017, the Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament wearing a vibrant blue hat that featured yellow flowers.

At that time the debate surrounding the aftermath of the Brexit vote was raging in the UK and in her speech, which is written by the Government, she outlined how the country was preparing to exit the EU.

However, many people on social media couldn’t help but notice that her hat very much resembled the European Union flag.

In 2019, in her book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly insisted “it never occurred to her” the hat resembled the flag.

Anniversary brooch



Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle on December 23, 2021
Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle on December 23, 2021

During last year’s deeply personal Christmas message, the Queen paid an extraordinary tribute to her beloved late husband Prince Philip.

Pinned to her dress was a stunning sapphire chrysanthemum brooch that royal fans pointed out she wore on many happy times with the Duke of Edinburgh – believing it was a tribute to him.

She also wore the brooch on her honeymoon in 1947 and to mark her 73rd wedding anniversary in 2020.

Red boxes



February 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II is photographed at Sandringham House to mark the start of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year, on February 2, 2022 in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Queen Elizabeth II photographed at Sandringham House to mark the start of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year, on February 2, 2022

Just last month, an image of a beaming Queen was released to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year.

It shows her at Sandringham going through papers from her red box, which she is sent every day by the Government.

And according to former royal butler Grant Harrold, it was significant the despatch box was included in the snap.

He said on Tik Tok: “People keep asking me do I think the Queen is going to continue with her work? Well in this photograph you see one of her official government boxes and of course this is the Queen doing her day to day work.

“I think this shows all of us that even though she’s now coming into her 96th year, she’s been on the throne 70 years, she is very much going to continue being a monarch.”

Lockdown brooch



Queen Elizabeth II addresses the nation in a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak at Windsor Castle on April 5, 2020 in Windsor, England.
Queen Elizabeth II addresses the nation in a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus outbreak at Windsor Castle on April 5, 2020

One of the most important addresses the Queen has ever given to the country came in April 2020.

In it, she spoke of the unprecedented nature of the Covid pandemic being fought around the globe and promised “we will meet again” despite lockdown.

For the speech, the Queen wore a beautiful turquoise and diamond brooch that once belonged to her grandmother Queen Mary.

It was later pointed out that the turquoise stone is said to be one that promotes healing and love as well as enhancing the powers of leadership.

Cop26 outfit



Queen Elizabeth II records a video message that was broadcast to attendees during an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 summit at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Queen Elizabeth II records a video message that was broadcast to attendees during an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 summit at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow

Last November, a bout of ill health meant the Queen had to pull out of attending the Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

However, she recorded a rousing video message in which she urged world leaders to help protect the planet.

For the speech, she wore a green dress – a color which is, of course, indelibly linked with the environmental movement.

She paired it with a rare diamond and ruby ​​butterfly brooch which was given to her as a gift when she got engaged to Prince Philip.

Many believed it was her subtle way of paying tribute to her late husband, who had been heavily involved in environmental matters.

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