16 March 2013

The Australian Wattle Brooch

The Australian Wattle Brooch
During her Coronation tour of 1954, the Queen was presented with this brooch from the people and government of Australia. It depicts a spray of wattle (the national flower) with mimosa leaves and tea tree blossoms in white and colored diamonds. It's gotten a lot of use since that first tour, and sees outings even when the event is not directly related to Australia (something you can't say for many of her official gifts).

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Appearances:
2011: Visit to Australia  
2011: State Visit to Ireland 
2006: Royal Ascot
1986: 60th Birthday Balcony Appearance
1978, 2002: Royal Maundy Service 
Various Years: Chelsea Flower Show  
Various Years: Christmas Broadcast   

Photo: Royal Collection