05 July 2012

The Mantle of the Order of the Thistle

The Mantle of the Order of the Thistle
Just like its fellow order, the Order of the Garter, the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle's insignia includes the Mantle, also called a robe, cloak, or cape. The Mantle is made of dark green velvet lined with white taffeta, elaborate green and gold cords, and white ribbons at the shoulders. The Thistle Collar, with the St. Andrew as a pendant, is draped over the Mantle across the shoulders. The Queen, as Sovereign of the Order, has a longer train on her Mantle and she is attended by a Page of Honour who is tasked with managing it.
The Queen's Star on her Mantle
The Mantle has an enlarged version of the Star of the Thistle on the left shoulder. The Star features a thistle on a gold background, surrounded by a green circle with the Order's motto, Nemo me impune lacessit ("No one provokes me with impunity") written in gold letters. This is centered on a silver St. Andrew's saltire (the cross, an X, as depicted on the Scottish flag) with rays in between the arms. As with the Garter Mantle, the Queen also has a different Star on her Mantle than other Knights and Ladies.
When the Mantle is worn, the distinctive velvet hat with its white feather plume is also worn. It's ornamented with a medallion with the thistle and the Order's motto.

Excluding portrait sittings, the Mantle and hat are worn for the Order of the Thistle service at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh and could be worn for other highly ceremonial occasions.

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 Collar and St. Andrew
The Star

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