07 May 2014

The Daffodil Spray Brooch

The Daffodil Spray Brooch
This brooch, a spray of three yellow daffodils in diamonds, was first seen in a painting by Dan Llywelyn Hall which was commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union in honor of the 60th anniversary of the coronation. The portrait was released in May 2013 and The Queen sat for it in late 2012. The brooch was selected for the painting because daffodils are a national emblem of Wales.

It is likely the brooch was a Diamond Jubilee gift to The Queen, though exact details are unknown (to me) at this time. A similar brooch in diamonds with gold details, the Three Thistle Brooch, was confirmed to have been part of a set of four pins given to The Queen by The Sultan of Oman; it is possible but unconfirmed that this brooch could share that provenance. (See the Three Thistle Brooch entry for more speculation on that set.)

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Photos: Getty/PA/Dan Llywelyn Hall/Welsh Rugby Union