26 June 2012

The Shamrock Brooch

The Shamrock Brooch
A brooch of three shamrocks in diamonds with an emerald tie appeared during The Queen's 2012 visit to Northern Ireland. The Shamrock Brooch doesn't seem to have a known history at this time, though the motif makes a gift from a group associated with Northern Ireland a possible guess, and the late appearance makes a recent gift or something unearthed from The Queen Mother's collection another possible guess. Another possibility is that it belongs to a set of four brooches given to The Queen by The Sultan of Oman (see the Three Thistle Brooch entry for more details), but these are all only speculation. The Queen certainly seems to be running with the shamrock motif, though, sporting it in Northern Ireland and for an Irish engagement at home.

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