22 April 2015

The Duke of Edinburgh's Knight of the Order of Australia Presentation

The Queen presented The Duke of Edinburgh with the Insignia of a Knight of the Order of Australia at Windsor Castle. Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer was also present.
It was a controversial decision from Australian PM Tony Abbott to appoint Prince Philip a Knight of the Order of Australia, but the insignia is here and it is fancy.
 Even Her Maj couldn't resist a peek at the bling. The golden disks are decorated with citrines, and the blue enameled centers bear the coat of arms of Australia. They're topped by St. Edward's Crown, and the blue ribbons are decorated with golden wattle flower designs.

Alas, though HM was sporting some brooch bling of her own, I haven't been able to make it out. Something involving pearls. She's also still in "week off" mode, with her simple pearl studs instead of her usual pearl and diamond earrings and her black strap watch.

 Unidentified Brooch

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