The Queen attended the event on Saturday (Image: Getty Images)

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The Queen appeared to pay tribute to her late mother by her choice of brooch at the Trooping the Colour to mark her 95th birthday.

The monarch marked her first official birthday without her late husband Prince Philip as she attended a scaled-back and socially-distanced celebration.

The event was held in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle for the second year running due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was held two days after what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.

For the occasion the Queen chose to wear her Aquamarine Art Deco brooch which carries a special significance for the Royal Family.

The brooch was passed down by the Queen's mother
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With an aquamarine gem at its centre and surrounded with diamonds, the brooch is a rare jewel in the Queen’s sizeable collection.

The piece originally belonged to the Queen Mother and was passed down to Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.

The brooch’s central aquamarine is bright blue and rectangular and also features other smaller aquamarines, as well as diamonds.

According to the Court Jeweller, the brooch’s unique shape and design suggest it may be able to be separated and worn as a pair of clips.

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The brooch dates back to at least the 1930s and one of its first appearances was in 1939, when the Queen Mother wore the jewel to meet with President Lebrun of France at Windsor Castle.

The brooch was given to Queen Elizabeth II when her mother died in 2002, but it was kept in a jewellery box for over a decade.

Her Majesty’s first public appearance wearing the brooch was in June 2014 for the Royal Ascot.

It is a rare item in the monarch's large collection
(Image: Getty Images)

In normal times, thousands of well-wishers would flock to Westminster, central London, to watch the Queen and royals as they travel to and from Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall and gather on the Buckingham Palace balcony for a flypast.

This year's event was scaled back due to the Covid pandemic.

Saturday's mini Trooping the Colour featured soldiers who have supported communities and the NHS during the pandemic or served overseas on military operations, and took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at Windsor.