05 July 2012

The Collar and St. Andrew of the Order of the Thistle

The Collar and St. Andrew of the Order of the Thistle
The Collar of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle is a chain of solid gold. The chain is composed of links of thistles and rue and is worn draped over the shoulders. Suspended from the Collar in the front is the St. Andrew, or badge-appendant, which depicts St. Andrew in a green gown and purple coat holding a white saltire (St. Andrew's cross, depicted on the Scottish flag) surrounded by gold rays of glory. It is made of enameled gold. Click here to see a Collar and St. Andrew from the Royal Collection.

Excluding portrait sittings, the Collar and St. Andrew are worn at ceremonial occasions such as the Order of the Thistle service at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Click here for more information on the Order of the Thistle from the British Monarchy's official website. Click here for more on the general use of order insignia in all royal countries from Order of Splendor.

Other Featured Thistle Insignia:
The Mantle and Hat
The Star

Appearances: 
7 July 2016: Order of the Thistle Service
3 July 2014: Order of the Thistle Service 
5 July 2012: Order of the Thistle Service