05 July 2012

The Star of the Order of the Thistle

The Queen wears the Star of the Order of the Thistle on her left side
The Star, or breast star, of the Order of the Thistle consists of a silver saltire (St. Andrew's cross) with rays in between the arms. In the center, a thistle is surrounded by the Order's motto, Nemo me impune lacessit ("No one provokes me with impunity"). The Queen wears a bejeweled version, but we don't get to see it often as she's more frequently seen wearing the insignia of the Order of the Garter.
Stars can really be works of art and jewels all on their own. Click here to see the Thistle Star worn by Queen Victoria at the Royal Collection.

Other Featured Thistle Insignia:
The Collar and St. Andrew
The Mantle and Hat

5 July 2012: Order of the Thistle Service

Photos: Bauer Griffin/Wikipedia