18 May 2017

Thistle and Rose for Queen Elizabeth

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom joined the Duke of Kent this morning at Buckingham Palace to present new colours to the 1st Battalion and and F Company Scots Guards -- and it appears that she may have brought a new brooch along with her!

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Here's a (slightly blurry) close-up of the brooch. The colorful piece features at least two major design elements: a thistle (appropriate for a Scots Guards occasion) and a Tudor rose. Some of the brooch is obscured by the lapel of the Queen's coat, but the piece also appears to feature leaf designs along with the two flowers.

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I've done quite a lot of digging this morning, but I can't seem to recall a similar brooch in the Queen's collection. (Or, for that matter, in the collections of the Queen Mother or Queen Mary.) Do we have a new Tudor Thistle Brooch on our hands? If you know otherwise, please let us know in the comments below!


UPDATE: Thanks to Gill for pointing us toward a previous appearance of the brooch! The piece was worn in April 2002 when the Queen presented new colours to the Scots Guards at Windsor Castle.