07 July 2016

Holyrood Week: Order of the Thistle Service and Archers' Hall Portrait

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Cambridge (The Earl of Strathearn, in Scotland), and The Princess Royal, attended a Service for the Order of the Thistle at St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.

The last Thistle service - in 2014; this one is held every other year - brought us a most unusual selection of ruby earrings with this elaborate green velvet getup. But this year, HM was back to playing it safe with diamonds and pearls.



To go with the full costume of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, it appears we have Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings (surprisingly easy to confuse with other earrings when in use, those are), plus The Queen's favorite pearl evening watch.

Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings
Pearl Evening Watch


Later, The Queen viewed a new portrait of herself commissioned to mark her 90th birthday, at Archers' Hall, Edinburgh.

Appropriate to unveil a portrait featuring the Thistle gear on Thistle day, I'd say. The new portrait is by artist Nicky Philipps and was commissioned by the Royal Company of Archers, The Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland. The Queen sat for the portrait at Windsor Castle, wearing her Thistle robes and Queen Victoria's Pearl Drop Earrings.