Did Queen Elizabeth, the 92-year-old monarch of the United Kingdom, throw some subtle shade at President Donald Trump during his recent U.K. visit? It’s a popular theory that social media users are peddling this week, citing the royal’s interesting brooch choices as evidence.
Last Thursday, the day Trump landed in Britain, the Queen was spotted wearing a brooch that was reportedly gifted to her in 2011 by then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The pin, a vintage piece made from 14-karat yellow gold, diamonds and moss agate, is known as the American State Visit Brooch.
The following day, the Queen met with Trump at Windsor Castle and donned a different pin on her jacket: This time, a palm-leaf brooch that her mother wore at the state funeral for her father, King George VI.
Eagle-eyed Twitter user SamuraiKnitter, who’s been credited as the originator of the so-called “Brooch Warfare” theory, put it this way:
On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth chose to wear the Sapphire Jubilee Brooch, a snowflake-shaped ornament given to her last year as a special gift from Canada.
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
The Queen does not typically comment on political matters so even if the brooches were a political statement and not mere coincidence, it’s unlikely that the monarch will ever own up to it.
Still, Twitter users have been having a field day with the idea.
Queen Elizabeth wore brooch the Obamas gave her as Trump arrived in UK.
I didn’t know she was also the Queen of Shade.
– Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) July 17, 2018
The story of Queen Elizabeth’s brooch choices during Trump’s visit is perfection. The Queen knows how to troll. Long live the Queen! 👑❤️😀
– Elizabeth Hastings🌊 (@crazylegsmike) July 18, 2018
my level of rebellion is *wearing a subversive brooch*
CAN I GET A YAS, QUEEN ELIZABETH https://t.co/SAqrC5kGFX
– Suzanne Wallace (@iamasnarkypants) July 16, 2018
Not only did she wear the brooch the Obama’s gave her, she wore blue.#bluewave pic.twitter.com/2utT4GnOo2
– laney (@misslaneym) July 18, 2018
Broach shade is like yarn bombing meets protest sign and I AM HERE FOR IT
– Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 18, 2018