A brooch that The Queen received in Australia in 1954 is now on display in Sydney, Australia.
The wattle spray brooch, seen here, was a gift from the Australian Government, as Her Majesty undertook her first tour of the Commonwealth Realm two years into her reign. Wattle is the nation flower emblem of Australia.
The brooch makes regular appearances on The Queen’s outfits, but for three months, the brooch is now on display at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. It is the central focus of the exhibition A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity.
The piece, which features yellow and white diamonds from Europe in the form of a spray of wattle, travelled across the globe in a black security case. It was accompanied by Caroline de Guitaut of the Royal Collection Trust on the journey and as it was installed for the display.
In February 1954, the brooch was presented to The Queen by Prime Minister Robert Menzies at a state banquet. She wore it a handful of times on the tour, including a garden party at Yarralumla and at the races in Flemington.
“Because the brooch is loved by The Queen, it was quite a big ask. We are very fortunate to have it here for three months,” Eva Czernis-Ryl, Powerhouse curator, said.
Feature photo: The Commonwealth